Our leadership Team
Our Senior Leadership Team oversees the daily operation of the company and ensures we meet the targets and standards set by the Board. Each Director is responsible for an area of the business and the Team meets regularly to discuss strategy.
Senior Leader Profiles
Mat Pfleger – Chief Executive
Mat Pfleger is the Chief Executive of CLA and has over 20 years experience in leadership roles across the rights and content industries. As part of the leadership team at CLA, Mat has evolved CLA to become a digital and customer focused business that simplifies copyright for both users and creators of content.
Sarosh Daruwala – Finance Director
Sarosh qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1999 with Kingston Smith, a mid tier UK accounting practice. After qualifying he gained industry experience working for Enron as a Finance Specialist and then for Right Managements Consultants Ltd as an European Controller. Experience was then gained managing finance teams for both UK and EMEA accounts functions at small and medium sized business services companies where the focus of the work was transforming an underperforming finance function and providing financial insight to business decisions and strategy. Sarosh joined CLA as the Head of Finance in 2016 and is accountable for the full finance function which includes budgeting, forecasting, statutory accounts and internal controls.
Eela Devani – Chief Product and Data Officer
Eela Devani joined CLA in 2015. Eela has more than 25 years experience in publishing and has spent the last 15 years in Digital, working for brands including Ft.com, Lexis Nexis, and Bloomsbury Publishing. During her time at Bloomsbury Publishing Eela launched 13 products that have transformed successful print brands into multichannel businesses and sustainable revenue streams.
Eela leads the development of CLA’s commercial and data strategy as CLA becomes a leading digital service provider.
Marjon Esfandiary - General Counsel
Marjon Esfandiary is General Counsel at CLA . She has worked as a commercial lawyer with a focus on intellectual property rights for over 20 years, starting at a law firm in the City followed by various roles within commercial and not for profit organisations, including at Unilever PLC, Hachette UK and, within the CMO community, at PLS.
She has experience in a broad range of areas of law and a particular interest in copyright, legal issues relating to the development and use of technology and data protection law. She is a Chartered Governance Professional.
At CLA Marjon is responsible for providing strategic legal advice to the executive and the CLA Board to ensure that the company can achieve its objectives whilst operating within the law.
Phil Hearne – Director of Education
Phil was appointed CLA Director of Education in September 2018.
Phil’s background is in education, starting as a history teacher and moving on to create one of the first academies in the country, leading and supporting the transformation of a failing academy into an outstanding one and successfully managing and improving the outcomes for seven primary schools, three special schools and a high school whilst managing them into one single 3-19 academy (physically reducing from 11 sites to 5 with three new builds).
Latterly, he carved out a niche as one of the leading Consultant & Interim Principals in the secondary education sector; specialising in working with challenging schools.
Phil has worked with universities in the UK and Australia, addressed several conferences, co-authored two books on education and is a trained coach.
Tony Johnson – Chief Technology Officer
Tony Johnson joined CLA in April 2021 as Chief Technology Officer. Tony has over 20 years experience operating in senior Technology leadership roles. He is a highly commercial technologist who has delivered major technology and digital transformation across large scale global organisations in both the Retail and Media sectors. Most recently, as Senior Vice President, International IT at 20th Century Fox he oversaw the digital transformation of Fox’s international sales, marketing and distribution businesses. As CTO at CLA, Tony is responsible for designing the Technology strategy and roadmap, with a focus on delivering customer-centric technology solutions that are pivotal to the overall success of the organisation.
Justin Manton - Commercial Director
Justin has over 20 years of experience in successfully leading and managing commercial departments in the rights and licensing space.
In the last 20 years, Justin has worked for some of the largest and cutting edge media content organisations including, Getty Images, Press Association and News Corp-owned Storyful.
Justin joined CLA in July 2020, as CLA Sales Director. He leads the Sales, Customer Service, Public, Marketing and International teams. He is helping to shape the commercial strategy for sales, retention and customer service.
Andy Martin – HR Director
Andy Martin has over 20 years of experience as an HR practitioner, with particular expertise in employee relations and employment law-related matters.
He spent the initial part of his career at London Underground, gaining exposure to high level trade union meetings and negotiations in its Employee Relations department before moving to a generalist role with the District Line. Following this period, Andy held a variety of HR roles at the Royal Opera House, the Commission for Racial Equality as well as, a housing association and two employers’ trade bodies.
Andy joined CLA in April 2009, as HR Manager, becoming HR Director in August 2013. He is accountable for the HR and Administration functions within CLA including the development of HR strategy, recruitment, employee relations and corporate statutory obligations such as Health & Safety.