Our People

Great people drive exceptional results.

Our professionals have extensive experience in all aspects of business operations and financing across a variety of industries, bringing decades of tested knowledge and applicative learnings to our portfolio companies. Fundamentally, we believe that management teams should run companies and drive the creation of value, but they are not alone in the game. We work alongside our management teams by leveraging our strategic acumen, operating experience and leadership skills to enhance the quality of execution and the probability of success.

Bala Ramamoorthy
Founder and Managing Director

Bala Ramamoorthy is the Founder and Managing Director of the Briley Group responsible for Briley's overall strategy and growth.

Prior to establishing Briley, Mr. Ramamoorthy founded several successful companies across a variety of industries including aviation, transport, technology, and business services. He has founded and served as an executive officer of ProLease, Interpro, National Payroll (sold to Talent2), Paystaff, XcelHR and Bjets (now part of the Tata Group), among others. He is a recipient of the Mass Mutual Blue Chip Award and a three time finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Mr. Ramamoorthy was a financial sponsor and a Managing Partner with Corstone Capital, a private investment firm with interests in the US and Asia. Through the Briley Group, he has invested in various companies with interests that encapsulate aviation, business services, technology, hospitality, real estate, shipping and retail. Mr. Ramamoorthy has served on the boards of numerous private companies and charities.

Avi Sklut
Executive Director

Avi Sklut is an Executive Director with the Briley Group. He maintains broad responsibilities for managing Briley’s portfolio, as well as driving new business investments and initiatives.

As part of the Briley Group, Mr. Sklut played a formative role in the initial inorganic acquisitions and integration of XcelHR, currently holding operational and oversight responsibilities for the business. He was part of the formative stages of BJETS, a private jet venture partnership in Asia between the Briley Group and the TATA Group. Along with implementing a myriad of interests for the Group, he maintains more than 20 years of experience in the PEO and BPO industries.

Mr. Sklut holds a BS from University of Maryland and MBA from Manchester Business School, at the University of Manchester. Based in the US, he has lived in several countries in Europe and Asia, with extensive international experience throughout the globe.

Klaus-Peter Springer
Chief Technology Officer

Over 25 years of experience in the area of IT operations, software design, development, and management. Special experience with startup companies, mergers, and in the Payroll/HR industry. His expertise includes strategic planning, infrastructure, quality assurance, business process improvement, application development, and international business.

For more than fifteen years, Mr. Springer is serving as Director and Global Chief Technology Officer for the Briley Group – overseeing and coordinating the group’s various technology platforms worldwide. He was actively involved in the selection and technical due diligence processes for several mergers and acquisitions.

An accomplished, results-driven Executive Manager of Information Technology with degrees in Industrial Accounting and Computer Science and 25+ years of demonstrated success directing business and technology operations to optimize bottom-line productivity. Mr. Springer was a co-founder and managing partner of SAS GmbH in Germany, a software consulting and product development company which provided consulting services to Fortune 500 companies and developed products for project management, document management, data center operations, production planning and control, warehouse management and shop floor control, as well as accounting and payroll solutions.

Peter Finch

Peter Finch is a Director with the Briley Group responsible for finance and administration.

Prior to joining Briley, Mr. Finch worked at BNP Paribas and was a Managing Director of BNP Paribas Trust Corporation Limited. At BNP Paribas, he was instrumental in establishing and developing the trust and fiduciary services business in Singapore and promoting wealth management services globally.

Prior to BNP Paribas, Mr. Finch worked for the Hong Kong office of Barclays Bank Plc. Activities included spearheading the development of wealth management services in Asia. Prior to Barclays Bank Plc he worked for over a decade with Ernst & Young in Jersey Channel Islands.

He is past Committee Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners in Jersey. He has held the positions of Secretary and Treasurer to the Singapore Trustees Association and held the position of Honorary Auditor.

Mark Baier

Mark Baier is a Director with the Briley Group responsible for driving key strategic and operating initiatives within Briley's investment portfolio, with a focus on the aviation and hospitality industries.

At the Briley Group, Mr. Baier was tasked as CEO with restructuring Clinique La Prairie, which the Briley Group managed from 2011 to 2015. Before Clinique La Prairie, he was CEO at Bjets, a private jet venture partnership in Asia between the Briley Group and the TATA Group. Mr. Baier is also currently a partner with the Briley Group in Aviation Manuals, a company providing support services and software to private jet companies.

Prior to joining the Briley Group, Mr. Baier was a Director at NetJets and FlightSafety International, both, Berkshire Hathaway companies, as well as a Director at TAG Aviation, part of the TAG Group, the then owner of TAG Heuer watches and the McLaren Formula One racing team.

Mr. Baier holds a BA in Economics & International Relations from Claremont McKenna College and is a licensed commercial pilot. He has lived in Europe, the US and Asia, and speaks several languages fluently. Professionally he has extensive international business experience.