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 January 29, 2013
Rod Kamleshwaran Joins GainingEdge As Consultant & COO

 Global convention industry consulting firm, GainingEdge, has announced that Rod Kamleshwaran will join the company from 1 Feb 2013 to fill Chief Operating Officer roles and to provide a boost to its consulting team. Kamleshwaran is a specialist in financial feasibility analysis, risk management, operational reviews, and development and asset management of Convention Centres and Hotels.

Announcing this appointment, GainingEdge CEO Gary Grimmer said that the addition of Mr.Kamleshwaran in both operational and consulting roles was a significant step for the company. "GainingEdge has entered its 10th year of operations now, and our business has grown and become more complex. We're engaging in new partnerships in different parts of the world. We need someoneof Rod's calibre to help us manage that effectively and to help us further extend our network and capabilities."

Grimmer said that the goal was partly about business growth, but more importantly about being able to offer more services within the markets that need them.

"We want to further extend our global reach so that we can support our clients more easily and cost efficiently. We want to be deployed in their time zones, but, it also works the other way, because we want to give them a global outreach. If a client needs us doing something for them in any part of the world, we want to be there ready to do it."

Kamleshwaran has 20 years of experience in a variety of senior finance roles in hospitality, business events, and the corporate sector. He spent 6 years with InterContinental Hotels Group where his last role was regional CFO for Australasia.

He has also served as CFO, and interim CEO at the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau, where he worked with Grimmer, Mike Williams and Faye Langley -- all of whom are now consultants at GainingEdge.

Kamleshwaran added: "I am excited to join GainingEdge at this dynamic stage of growth and diversification. I look forward to working with the exceptionally talented team at this firm, to help drive its next phase of growth."

Kamleshwaran's career includes senior roles in audit & consulting at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. He has an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce, and is a CPA. He is based in Melbourne.

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