Dubai-based packaged rice business Amira Nature Foods has brought in Brian Speck as its chief financial officer (CFO).

Amira announced last month it had hired Brio Financial Group to assist the company when current CFO Varun Sethi departs this month. Since 2013 Speck has been director of financial reporting at Brio but since 2018 he has also been the CFO of Surge Holdings, a provider of a suite of financial and telecommunications services.

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The US-listed rice supplier said the appointment fits in with its strategy of taking steps to “Westernise its corporate finance and executive team”.

Karan Chanana, Amira’s chairman, said: “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 US public company accounting experience will assist Amira in Westernising our finance department as we focus on the international growth of our brands.”

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. I am excited to join the company at a pivotal time in its history and helping it realise its international growth strategy.”

Amira sells Basmati rice under its flagship Amira brand as well as under other third-party brands. It sells its products primarily in emerging markets.