Brendan Nolan holds a both a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and an MBA from University College Dublin. On completing his MBA, Brendan joined the PA Consulting Group, initially in Dublin, and during this period he was elected the President of the MBA Association of Ireland for two year period in 1990 and 1991.
Transferring with PA Consulting to London, Brendan became particularly involved in helping many food companies to develop and implement strategy in Europe, the UK and Ireland. It was this experience that in 1994 led him to be headhunted by the Almarai Company in Riyadh, where he was appointed as General Manager – Marketing.
Brendan spent ten years with Almarai Company, based in Riyadh but travelling widely within the Middle East – seven years as GM – Marketing and a further three years as GM – Business Development. During this period he played a central role in the development of Almarai into the leading dairy company in the Middle East, utilising a fully integrated marketing approach: launch of several new dairy products, entry into new markets, aggressive pricing and promotional strategies, diversification into juices, improved alignment of marketing and sales etc.
In 2004, Brendan decided to return to his consultancy background. As a client of IMES Consulting throughout his Almarai years, there was a natural fit and Brendan joined IMES as a Director on 1st January 2005. He is based in Dubai.
Research and Finance Manager
Diana Bautista holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from University of the Philippines. She has more than 7 years of solid market research experience with emphasis on dairy, poultry and a myriad of FMCG-related assignments in GCC and Asia.
Before joining IMES in 2011, she has worked with Nestle (Philippines), Euromonitor (Singapore), Canadean and Japan External Trade Organisation. Since then she has been centrally involved in producing IMES publications and has the ability to collect and analyze large volumes of data that can be used in an applied manner to support decision-making.
Born in Wolverhampton, England, David completed an Honours Degree in Business Studies before starting his career in the marketing of building materials for the English China Clays group. He joined IMES for the first time in 1985 and during a four year period as a junior consultant with the company, he worked extensively in both the Middle East and South East Asia on topics ranging from breakfast cereals to light emitting diodes. For a one-year period during this time he acted as investment adviser to the Government of Mauritius, including training local personnel.
After five years with IMES, David left to pursue his career with Visa International, the World leader in consumer payment systems, where he held various marketing positions. He was eventually appointed Vice President – Marketing Operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa. His major achievements during this time included a re-launch of Visa’s Gold Card programme and introduction of the Global Customer Assistance Service.
In 1996 he was invited back to IMES as a shareholder and director. Despite his senior position in Visa, David felt that IMES offered still greater potential and so rejoined the company. He was subsequently appointed as Managing Director on 1st January 2000 and his since been responsible for driving IMES strategic direction, and in particular the total focus on the Arab World. In support of this, David and his family relocated to Dubai in 2004.
In 2004 David was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and in 2006 was made a Freeman of the City of London and elected a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors.
Kieran graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from University College Cork (Ireland) in 1984 followed by a Master’s Degree in Engineering Science. He began his career with multinational building products company CRH and worked in both business development and internal consultancy roles in the UK, Ireland and Spain, before returning to studying. In 1992 he completed an MBA at the prestigious Cranfield School of Management in the UK.
Joining IMES, Kieran quickly became the preferred consultant for projects on behalf of several leading multinational clients and worked on major strategic projects all over the World. He was rapidly promoted to Senior Consultant and subsequently led the successful development of IMES practice in Ireland. In 2000 he was appointed to the Board of IMES and has been instrumental in the company’s development. In 2004 he relocated to Dubai in order to support the opening of IMES new operational headquarters, although for family reasons he now splits his time between Dubai and Cork.
Kieran is a Member of the Institute of Management Consultants and the Marketing Institute of Ireland.
Born in Scotland, Ken graduated with a BA in Economics from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh during 1977. The same year, he embarked upon a long career in Sales and Marketing with Dr Ian Sangster & Co. in Kingston, Jamaica. Having gained experience there in the formulation, bottling, packaging, distribution sales and marketing of a range of rum-based liqueurs, he moved on to join drinks giant International Distillers & Vintners (IDV) in the UK – working on the marketing of the company’s flagship brand, Smirnoff vodka.
In 1983 Ken joined the Wellcome Foundation’s International Division to market the company’s range of pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and FMCG products in the countries of the Arabian peninsula.
In 1998 Ken joined London-based MSI and developed brands for Contraceptive Social Marketing programmes in the developing world.
Ken joined IMES in 2002 and has since worked on a diverse range of projects for a variety of clients in key Middle East markets.