Amira Nature Foods Ltd (the "Company") (NYSE:ANFI), a global provider of packaged specialty rice, today announced the hiring of Brian M. Speck as Chief Financial Officer. The Company continues to focus on the international growth of its brands and as such, continues to take steps to Westernize its corporate finance and executive team.
Karan A. Chanana, Amira’s Chairman, commented, “Brian Speck is an excellent addition to our team, bringing his extensive financial and consumer industry background to the Company. We believe his many years of U.S. public company accounting experience will assist Amira in Westernizing our finance department as we focus on the international growth of our brands.”
“I am excited to join the Company at a pivotal time in its history and helping it realize its international growth strategy,” Mr. Speck said. “After spending nearly two decades in various accounting roles, I look forward to bringing my experience to assist Amira’s efforts to grow its brands outside of India.”
Since March 2018, Mr. Speck has been the Chief Financial Officer of Surge Holdings, Inc., a provider of a suite of financial and telecommunications services which are primarily marketed through small retail establishments which are utilized by members of its target market. Since October 2013, Mr. Speck has also been Director of Financial Reporting for Brio Financial Group, which the Company recently announced would be assisting the Company in its ongoing financial reporting. In his capacity at Brio, Mr. Speck consults various private and public companies in financial reporting, internal control development and evaluation, budgeting and forecasting. Prior to joining Brio, from 2011 to 2013, he was an audit supervisor at Wiss & Company. In that capacity, he was involved in the firm’s accounting and tax practice with industry focuses in manufacturing, wholesalers, construction contractors and professional service firms. Mr. Speck received a Master of Science in Accounting from Kean University.
About Amira Nature Foods
Founded in 1915, Amira has evolved into a global provider of packaged specialty rice, with sales in over 40 countries today. Amira sells Basmati rice, premium long-grain rice grown only in certain regions of the Indian sub-continent, under their flagship Amira brand as well as under other third party brands. Amira sells its products primarily in emerging markets through a broad distribution network. Amira’s headquarters are in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and it also has offices in India, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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The Amira Group