Management Team

Avvanz's business is founded and led by an extremely experienced management team with over 20 years of global experiences in the area of employee lifecycle management. The founders are Kannan Chettiar, Jan Espino and Alvin Caga. Avvanz is advised by a prestigious team of veterans - Gary Faraci, Dr Charles Png, Iker Zubia Vasquez, Chris Bunce, Musharrof Hossain, David Wee and Suanning Tanardi.

Kannan Chettiar, Managing Director

Kannan is an award-winning Global Leader with 22 years of experience in the Technology and Human Capital sectors spanning across Asia, EMEA & North America. Kannan’s technopreneurship has earned him “Executive of the Year – Human Resources Technology” award which is an extremely prestigious Management Excellence award from Singapore Business Review. Kannan has held management and leadership positions in First Advantage, Dell Computers, Future Electronics, Arrow Electronics (NY-listed), Farnell Group (London-listed), e2open (IBM-backed) and i-Sprint Innovations (Acer-backed). Kannan is also a Certified International Trainer with very high ratings from Fortune 500 Clients. Kannan regularly delivers Thought Leadership talks and Masterclasses in the region and constantly offers insights and perspectives in mainstream newspapers and trade publications. Kannan is proficient in several languages – he speaks fluent English, Tamil, elementary Mandarin, Malay and Thai. An engineer by training, he holds an Honours degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and a MBA from the University of Birmingham in the UK. Kannan holds an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment as well.

Jan Espino, Co-Founder

Jan is also co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Vanguard Screening Solutions which is a sister company of Avvanz in the same group of companies. He has led Vanguard’s growth from a three-person startup to one of the biggest background screening companies with around 250 employees serving more than 300 companies mainly in the Philippines. Jan has been in the Background Screening industry for more than 10 years, including his stint as the Regional IT Leader of First Advantage Asia-Pacific. Prior to that he has spent almost 9 years with the San Miguel Group, mostly with its IT subsidiary, SMITS, Inc., where he held various positions in Portfolio Management, Customer Support, Technology Planning and Network Management.

Alvin Caga, Co-Founder

Alvin has more than 13 years of entrepreneurial experience focused on business development, sales & marketing and operations. He co-built Vanguard Screening Solutions and developed it to become the top background screening provider in Philippines. His sharp business acumen has helped craft Avvanz and other businesses including Vanguard Workforce Mobility. Alvin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (Major in Computer Applications) from De La Salle University - College of St. Benilde. 

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