Pitcher Partners announced that Rohini Kappadath, director of the firm’s Cross Border Business practice, is a 2015 finalist in the prestigious Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year award.
Pitcher Partners managing partner Melbourne John Brazzale said Ms Kappadath was appointed to establish and lead the firm’s Cross Border Business five years ago helping client access into Asia and to facilitate the fast-growing number of Asian businesses invest and open in Australia.
Mr Brazzale said the strategic objective behind setting up the international practice at Pitcher Partners was to position the firm domestically as the first choice for mid-market businesses wanting to expand offshore.
“We found an exceptional practice leader in Rohini who was passionate about international business and client service, knowledgeable, possessed strong business acumen based on experience, and extremely capable of building key relationships with government and other influencers.
“Over the past five years, Rohini has built a successful cross-border business within our firm and has made a valuable contribution to the opening up of cross-border business discussions in the public realm. Her strong media presence and her ability to open doors at all levels has essentially led her to become the go-to person in her field with a wide and powerful international business network directed at assisting businesses to grow.”
Ms Kappadath has 28 years’ experience in working with businesses within Australia, India, South-East Asia, China, Japan, New Zealand and North America. She has assisted a number of companies in establishing international ventures, facilitated cross-border collaborations, distributor arrangements, new market entry strategies and other related activities.
Ms Kappadath established a successful career with SAS Institute Australia, founded her own Australian boutique cross-border advisory company Oyster Pty Ltd before joining Pitcher Partners in 2010. She holds a number of board positions, represents clients in government trade missions and is currently the Director-General for Indian Institute of Directors in Australia.
“The Telstra Business Women’s Award celebrates women who are leaders in their industries. We are proud and honoured that Rohini has been recognized for her considerable achievements in the cross-border realm both within and outside Pitcher Partners,” Mr Brazzale said.
Pitcher Partners is an association of independent firms located in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Newcastle. Pitcher Partners are independent members of Baker Tilly International.