Advanta operates a two tier directorship strategy in accordance with the multinational nature of our business and network of offices. At a country level, our directors manage their respective teams of adjusters and support staff, maintain a close relationship with our principals in the region to ensure the smooth handling of their claims and promote Advanta in accordance to our group strategy. Our Office Directors, who are all active senior adjusters or forensic accountants, play an essential role in taking the pulse of the market and gathering key information, which is then fed into the next tier.
Our team of Group Directors is comprised of some of our Office Directors. They are responsible for collating the relevant information from our Office Directors and Management staff, assembling a strategy for their scope of management and implementing a coordinated course of action to accomplish it.Our Group Directors currently are:
George Viar - Managing Director
BA (Hons) Business Administration (ICADE Business School), Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA), Dip Marketing (ACIM).
George co-founded Advanta Global Services in 2003 and has served as Finance Director and Head of Forensic Accounting, before becoming Managing Director in 2014. Previously, George had held management positions in leading forensic accounting and loss adjusting firms. In the course of his over 20-year career in claims George has gained extensive experience in the evaluation of corporate losses in a wide range of industry sectors all over the world. He has specialised in Business Interruption and ALOP / DSU claims but also possesses experience in Fidelity, Products’ Liability, Bankers’ Blanket Bond and Financial Institutions.
Languages: English, Spanish, French and Italian.
David McGhie - Business Development Director
AA Dip (Diploma of the Architectural Association), Chartered Architect (RIBA), Dip Engineering.
Throughout his long and distinguished career, David has held a number of directorial positions with leading claims management companies in Europe and Latin America. He is considered one of the leading adjusters in handling tunnelling losses. Before entering loss adjusting in 1980, David gained 12 years’ experience in construction and civil engineering in the UK and Germany. He has specialised in claims related to CAR / EAR, machinery breakdown including ALOP / DSU, as well as risk surveying.
Languages: English, German, Spanish and basic knowledge of Italian.
Oliver Thoma - Power and Mining Director
BSc Eng (Elec - Mech) with specialisation in Mining, MSc Eng (Operations Management).
Oliver has over 15 years’ experience in handling high value CAR / EAR, power, industrial all risk and property claims across Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before joining Advanta in 2005, he had also gained valuable experience in working on high-profile losses related to tunnel collapses, major plant and machinery breakdown in the mining, petrochemical and energy industries.
Languages: English, German, Afrikaans and conversant in Spanish.
Adam Humphrey - Energy and Property Director
LL.B. Bachelor in Law (University of East Anglia), DipLP Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (University of Law), MA in Management and IT (University of West London), Fellow Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters (FCILA), Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (FCII), Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), International Certificate in Risk Management (CRIM), Associate member of The Academy of Experts (AMAE), Accredited Mediator (CEDR), Accredited Expert - European Federation of Loss Adjusting Experts (FUEDI-ELAE), Fellow of the International Federation of Adjusting Associations (FIFAA).
Adam is a Chartered Loss Adjuster with over two decades of experience managing technical and complex contractual and insurance claims internationally. Adam possesses a wealth of experience having worked in the construction and engineering industries, prior to entering the loss adjusting profession. Adam has built a reputation in the insurance market due to his extensive experience in energy, property, construction & engineering and specialist liability claims.Languages: English, basic German and French.
Mark Simmons - UK Construction and Engineering Director
BSc Building Surveying, Chartered Surveyor (MRICS - Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), FCILA (Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters), FUEDI - ELAE (European Federation of Loss Adjusting Experts).
With 25 years’ experience in risk surveying and loss adjusting, Mark brings to Advanta a wealth of technical knowledge. Over the course of his career, he has gained a good grounding in handling CAR / EAR, property, machinery breakdown, professional indemnity and third party liability losses. At Advanta, Mark specialises in all types of construction claims.
Jose Miguel Varela - Regional Director
BSc Eng (Petroleum) (Universidad Central de Venezuela), Reservoir Engineer (CIED-PDVSA: International Centre for Education and Development - Petróleos de Venezuela S.A.), MBA with specialisation in Finance (Florida International University), Specialisation in Global Business (MIRBIS Russia), FUEDI - ELAE (European Federation of Loss Adjusting Experts), ACA Accredited Claims Adjuster (Florida Department of Financial Services), Certified Fire Protection Inspector (NFPA - National Fire Protection Association), Petroleum Refining Economics Course (Colorado School of Mines), Certified Thermographer (ITC - Infrared Training Centre), Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, Member of the External Industry Board of FIU – AMERI (Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute).
Jose Miguel has 20 years of extensive experience in engineering, oil field production management and reservoir control, including over 10 years in the loss adjusting profession in the United States, South America and the Caribbean region. He specialises in claims related to oil & gas, petrochemicals, property, as well as business interruption and liability. Jose Miguel oversees the Miami Office and provides valuable support to our associates and offices within Latin America, predominantly in the Caribbean and Central America.Languages: English and Spanish.
Management Team and Support Staff
In addition to administrative and support staff in our offices who liaise with the day-to-day duties of the core businesses, we have dedicated teams at a group level to support our Group Directors strategies and initiatives as well as our offices. These teams are pivotal to ensure coordination across the group and they act as focal points in their respective areas of responsibility, allowing our offices to concentrate in their responsibilities and centralising duties which are more efficiently handled by one team closely coordinated.
Due to the multinational nature of our business and network of offices and the variety of responsibilities, our group teams are intrinsically multicultural and are comprised by professionals with diverse backgrounds.These are currently some of the members of our group teams:
Marta Hidalgo - Group Operations Manager
CIMA Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, MSc Masters in Web Design and Development (CICE), Double Bachelor Degree in Law & Business Administration (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).
Marta started her career in Advanta as Accounts Assistant at the end of 2017, supporting the finance team in the Nat Cat operation in Puerto Rico. She has now been promoted to Operations Manager, where she will work on expanding our global network and supporting internal operations and marketing efforts throughout the group. Prior to joining Advanta Global Services she was the founder of Madrid’s first ever cupcake bakery, Cupcake Madrid®. Later, she joined Spain’s only accounting training provider, First Intuition Madrid where she put into practice the skills obtained in her Master’s in Web Design and Development. Marta has considerable commercial acumen and financial strategy skills after having launched and run two successful businesses.
Languages: English, Spanish and basic French.
Eniko Lackner-Czagany - Operations Coordinator
BA in Human Resource Management (King Sigismund Collage, Budapest, Hungary).
Eniko started her career in the financial sector. Over the years she focused on customers’ needs and developed positive professional relationships with them. Before she joined Advanta she manged her own business where she gained experience in a wide range of operational aspects. Eniko works closely with directors and managers to support operations and marketing efforts.
Languages: English and Hungarian.
Accounts & Finance
Carlos Pereira - Group Financial Controller
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (IFRS), Association of Accounting Technicians, Accounting and Computing Diploma (Uruguay).
Carlos is a commercially astute, fully qualified finance professional, who has been an ACCA member since 2006. Prior to joining Advanta as Group Financial Controller, he gained over 10 years of post-qualification experience within practice and industry sectors, covering a wide range of operational areas and industries. His strengths are financial control, management information production, budgeting, forecasting and analysis. Carlos is currently responsible for overseeing the company’s budget, monitoring business performance, developing financial procedures and strategic planning.
Languages: English and Spanish.
Elena Ramos - Finance Assistant
Bachelor of Business Administration (University of Navarra, Spain).
Elena has over 7 years of experience working in finance. Before joining Advanta she developed her accounting skills working as a Senior Consultant at one the Big Four firms. Thereafter, Elena joined a health insurance and healthcare company in Spain as a strategy analyst acquiring valuable experience in business modelling and analysis in the insurance sector. At Advanta, she is working in the Finance Department collaborating closely with our Group Financial Controller on all invoicing matters.Languages: Spanish, English, Italian and basic German.
Maria Romero - Accounts Assistant
Manual and Computerised Certified Bookkeeper (ICB - Institute of Certified Bookkeepers), Dip Accountancy and Taxation.
Maria has over 9 years’ experience managing her own company in the construction industry, providing her with a deep understanding of the different areas of a business and the issues that often arise both in accountancy and management. Having worked in the UK and Spain, she has also developed a multi-cultural approach to business and work environments. At Advanta, Maria utilises her skills to provide high-quality assistance to our Finance Department and also plays a key role in the implementation of our ERP system across the group.
Languages: English and Spanish.
Rosa Maria Rodriguez - Controller / Accountant
MA Masters in Auditing (Centro de Estudios Financieros), BBA Bachelor of Business Administration (Universidad Computense de Madrid, validated by the Spanish National Ministry of Education), AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting (United Kingdom).
Rosa started her accounting career at Group Creddo Patrimonial and Servicopters in Spain where she gained knowledge of budgets, tax assessments, treasury procedures and bookkeeping. Thereafter, she joined Innerspec Technologies Europe SL where she complemented this line of work with more business-strategy oriented activities, acquiring experience in reporting to management and the financial controller in the United States, monitoring the importation and exportation of the products and managing the warehouse duties. At Advanta, she is part of the finance department and handles the financial reporting matters of our network, working closely with our Group Financial Controller and Office Managers.Languages: English and Spanish.
Julie Logenthiraraj - Accounts Assistant
BA Business Management of Business Information (University of Westminster), Introduction to Accounting IT Skills Course (Thames Valley University), Certificate in Business Accounting Candidate (CIMA).
Julie started her finance career with Mouchel Group as a Finance Assistant where she gained knowledge in data management and analyzing financial and operations progress reports and forecasts. She was then promoted to Local Finance Administrator where she continued to enhance her skills in the finance sector. Julie then developed her SAP reporting skills in her role as Senior Finance Assistant for Mouchel Kier, providing knowledge and guidance to maximize and monitor the financial performances. Julie has joined Advanta Global Services as an Accounts Assistant.Languages: English and Tamil.
HR and Compliance
Pauline Yin - HR & Compliance Manager
MSc in International Business (University of London, Birkbeck College, London), Diploma in International Business (International Trade Institute, Taiwan), Diploma in Tourist Industry Management (Ming Chuan College, Taiwan).
Pauline has gained her professional experience working internationally, both in the United Kingdom and in Taiwan. She has extensive business insight and has developed a wide-set of skills in finance, management and compliance. Pauline has been involved in all aspects of the group’s corporate compliance matters and works closely with our finance team in this area. She is also responsible for overseeing all HR matters for the team.Languages: English, Mandarin, Taiwanese.
Manuel Fombuena - Change and Systems Manager
BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting (UC3M – Carlos III University of Madrid).
Manuel started his career in commercial and investment banking where he acquired substantial knowledge of organisational procedures and experience in managing highly sensitive information reliably. Motivated by his strong interest on ITC (Information and Communication Technologies), Manuel worked for hardware, IT support and ISP companies in which he had the opportunity of developing a strong technological background as well as getting acquainted with team management, implementation of new procedures and projects. After joining Advanta in 2011, he has worked very closely with Directors and peer managers consolidating and expanding Advanta’s network, implementing enterprise technological solutions and procedures to support Advanta’s growth and contributing to build our brand image and corporate culture.
Languages: English and Spanish.