30 September 2020

CommSol welcomes Pavan Desai as we expand our presence in India

Pavan is an enterprising leader, chartered accountant and an executive coach with over 25 years of experience with leading MNCs such as GE, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas and is known for building teams across global service organizations and bringing transformational change. From set-up to scale-up of shared service organizations including new operations and CoEs, he has an expertise to create structures for transition, and transformation of processes, defining target operating models, controls, risk mitigation and governance frameworks.  

 “We are delighted to have Pavan on board CommSol as we build our India footprint. With Pavan’s proven experience in creating robust framework for finance, risk, operations and IT-support platforms, we are well equipped to service our clients in India who are looking to leverage international expertise to optimize their businesses to global delivery standards. His hand-on experience of having played CXO roles in global organisations will benefit our global and local clients with a quality advisory as an extended arm of their management. He will be based in Mumbai” - Siddharth Karmarkar, Associate Director and Head – India

Pavan is also certified in Six Sigma, Project management and Yogic concepts/training and is also an Erickson Certified Coach. He is passionate about CSR and has been working with NGOs in the areas of Education and Ecology.

29 September 2020

Anextere in Japan joins forces with CommSol in Europe and India

Anextere K.K. of Japan and CommSol Associates Limited (“CommSol”) based in the UK, with additional offices in Luxembourg, Dublin and Mumbai, have signed a Joint Venture deal to enable both Companies to extend their service offerings in Europe, Asia and Japan. 


This Joint Venture reflects both Company's desire to collaborate with like-minded organisations that share a similar vision and purpose as well as continuing to add real value to their clients.


Kevin Riendeau, CEO of Anextere commented “Broadening our global reach and implementation capabilities via our partnership with CommSol Associates is key to delivering holistic results for our clients in Japan and wider Asia who demand global solutions. Steve is a forward-looking leader and partner and has assembled a strong team of industry experts who seamlessly compliment the Anextere team`s experience and capabilities. We look forward to further growing our relationship and closely working together to tap into global trends and initiatives which will impact our clients locally”. 


Steve Clifford, CEO of CommSol commented "Supporting Japan from a CommSol perspective is very important to us and our clients as well as being part of our overall strategy as demand has risen. Kevin is a great partner and the synergies were very obvious from our discussions leading up to this point. Having the ability to now support Japan with the Anextere team is great news as we will have local and relevant deep industry experience in country and more broadly in the region and back into India and Europe. The team and I are very much looking forward to working with the Anextere team going forward.”


About Anextere: 

Anextere is a business and technology solutions company with unique expertise to address financial institution’s business, risk, technology and process challenges. Based in Japan, our team covers Japan and wider Asia with four core service offerings: Management Consultancy, Business Process Digitization, Risk Management Solutions and AI-enabled Machine Translations. https://www.anextere.com/


About CommSol:

CommSol is a leading niche financial services consultancy firm specialising in implementation strategy and execution. Based in the UK, with teams covering the UK, Dublin, Luxembourg and Continental Europe, as well as India and Southern Asia, the company’s mission is to support client needs with their business and regulatory change agendas as well as their resourcing requirements with extensive and relevant industry experience. https://www.commsolassociates.co.uk

17 June 2020

Steve Clifford presents to a record number of viewers at the Indian Institute Management on "Business Strategy and Transformation" 

Steve Clifford, Founder & CEO, from CommSol Associates was recently invited by the Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad, India (IIM-A) to deliver a leadership session on “Business Strategy and Transformation”. IIM-A has been recently ranked #1 B-School of India by HRD, Govt. of India in their NIRF 2020 Report (1). 

According to Prof. Sanjay Verma, the Hon. Faculty from the institute who organized this session, there was a record of over 800+ official registrations and over 6000+ viewers watched Steve deliver the session on multiple social/digital platforms from across the globe. “The purpose of holding this session was two-fold.  Firstly to have a global and experienced leader talk about the subject with the Institute’s esteemed alumni and secondly, give a perspective of how optimistic global players look at India now (post nCovid19) and the opportunities that made us put our first footprint in the region”, said Siddharth Karmarkar, Associate Director & Head - India, who recently studied Advanced General Management himself at the Institute. 

The presentation along with the recorded video has been embedded for your reference.

  1. Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/education/nirf-nirf-ranking-nirf-2020-best-b-school-iim-best-college-mba-colleges-best-mba-institutemagement-college-india-best-college-india-nirf-ranking-koving-iit-ranking-iim-rankingm-top-college/


18 May 2020

CommSol welcomes Gary Embleton as we expand the UK & Ireland Team

We are delighted to welcome Gary Embleton to CommSol Associates. Gary will lead our business development activity with clients & partners in the UK & Ireland and adds further strength to our multi-location change transformation, digital and data engineering capabilities.

Gary is an accomplished programme delivery executive (and SDLC expert) in IT, digital and data domains with 25+ years of deep industry experience in Asset Management.  He has held Director positions at both JPMorgan Asset Management and most recently at AMX (part of Willis Towers Watson) where he was the Head of IT Platforms in charge of all systems, data vendors and IT frameworks managing support, security, risk and control.

He is regarded as an industry CRM expert and has successfully designed, implemented and led Global teams in several key transformation programmes enabling sales, onboarding, client service, financial forecasting and marketing teams across multiple locations.  He is passionate about driving ROI for clients, stakeholders and employees; and is an energetic evangelist of digital and data connectivity across all aspects of business improvement.     

Gary will be based in London and will partner closely with our team in India, UK and Luxembourg to combine our capabilities and resources to serve our clients and partners.

Gary commenting on his appointment: “I am very excited to join a strong CommSol team providing relevant depth & breadth expertise and, most importantly, real experience and success in key markets.  Bringing this all together; blending intellectual know-how with emerging technologies will allow us to add real value to our clients and business partners”.


It is fantastic news that Gary is joining us with his extensive experience in the business and technology change, data and digital engineering spaces. His expertise greatly compliments the team and the purpose that we have in supporting our clients with our deep industry led implementation strategy and execution capabilities.


CEO & Founder

14 April 2020

CommSol welcomes Siddharth Karmarkar as we launch in India

Welcome Siddharth Karmarkar! As we at CommSol continue develop our strategic footprint and listen to our clients needs, Asia is a region that we are being asked to, and very much want to, support. As such, it gives me great pleasure to advise that Siddharth Karmarkar (Sid) has joined the CommSol family as Associate Director & Head - India. This is great news and a very welcome appointment for us in the region. Sid will look to support clients locally, as well as in the region more broadly, alongside his team that will be assisting him.


As a little background, Sid brings over 17+ years of deep experience in strategy management, having worked for likes of American Express, Société Générale, HSBC and JPMorgan, across the globe. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is passionate about transformation, change and performance management, with deep interests in technology and growth hacking. He is currently furthering a formal education in management at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), that is ranked amongst the Top B-Schools globally.


Sid will be based in Mumbai, India and with him on board, we are on a strong footing to support our clients in India and Asia more broadly, through 'follow the sun' approach, leveraging global expertise to domestic markets and ensure deeper value-add to our international clients, keeping the ROI at the helm.


Sid commenting on his appointment: “It is tough times, but in the long run, things even out and optimism has always been underlying to mankind’s very existence. At the cusp of where India stands with little under $3T GDP, it is this optimism, that we see, as an opportunity to have CommSol work with India Inc and help businesses fast track growth, leveraging on time tested best practices implemented in mid-large organisations. Over the coming years, we would assist domestic organisations to scale to global standards and attract much-deserved credibility and parallelly ensure deeper value add to our international clients through following the sun approach of servicing, keeping ROI at the helm.”


We very much look forward to working with our clients and partners in this strategically important area for us in India and Asia as a whole.


Some refreshing news in challenging times.



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