It is rare for a business to find itself with one former world champion. However, WBR Group (WBR), the UK’s largest independent provider of SSAS services and tax experts, has announced the appointment of two former world champions in martial arts to its Leicester office: Sofija Radionova as Group Deputy Head of Finance and Jainali Vyas as Tax Associate.

Sofija, a former world Karate champion works alongside main board director Rocky Leanders. She has over nine years’ experience in the finance sector and is MAAT, now studying for her ACCA examinations.

Jainali is a former 2X Taekwondo world champion achieving her black belt 3rd dan in her early teenage years. She has joined recently promoted Tax Director, Tom Lodge, and the wider tax planning team in Leicester. Like Sofija, Jainali is also studying for her ACCA qualification.

Rocky Leanders, Chief Financial Officer, WBR Group, said:

 “Not everyone who works at WBR Group must be a martial arts expert, but we certainly enjoy having two join our team at the same time – and in the same office! We are delighted to have Sofija and Jainali on board and their joining takes WBR Group to 150 employees. Their great sporting success is a testament to their professional attitude, and I am delighted to welcome both as we strengthen our tax and finance capabilities across WBR Group.

“Achieving world champion status in any arena requires huge dedication and focus – we have no doubt they will be great additions to our fast-growing team in Leicester.”