Change of rhipe leadership as Mark McLellan steps down and Rhonda Robati is appointed APAC leader for both Crayon and rhipe
(Sydney, Australia) — Crayon, a global leader in IT services and innovation, today announced that rhipe’s Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer, Mark McLellan, is stepping down from his role. Crayon Executive Vice President APAC, Rhonda Robati, has been appointed to lead rhipe.
Crayon acquired rhipe, the licensing and cloud specialist, in November as part of its global growth strategy. McLellan will continue with the company during the transition to further support the successful integration with Crayon.
“Mark has made an incredible impact on rhipe with his approachable leadership style and focus on achieving great outcomes,” said Crayon CEO Melissa Mulholland. “We appreciate his significant contribution and wish him every success for the future.”
McLellan has been with rhipe for more than five years during which he has driven the organization through several periods of growth and transformation, most recently spearheading the integration.
“I am proud of what we have collectively achieved here at rhipe,” McLellan said. “This next stage of evolution is a fantastic opportunity for all our people and partners and I wish the combined rhipe and Crayon teams all the very best for the future.”
Robati leads Crayon’s overall business in Asia Pacific and is well-known for driving business value. In addition, she is passionate about mentoring people, and diversity, equity, and inclusion for all.
“Rhonda is a people-first leader who has had an incredible, 20-year career of consistent successes in employee engagement, business growth, and innovation,” Mulholland said. “Under her leadership, the combined organization of rhipe and Crayon will deliver more services and solutions to our partners and end-customers.”
Robati said she is excited about the role.
“I am honored and humbled to be able to support our combined organizations,” Robati said. “One thing I have learned in the past 20 years in leadership is that; ‘Good to Great’ is achieved through people. Therefore, I strive to put the needs of employees first and will provide the key support needed to continue to grow even closer as one team.”
The combined organization has about 1,000 employees, making it the strongest, partner-first organization in the region. It has operations in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand.
“The strategic relationships that we share with our partners and clients will continue to grow in 2022,” said Robati. “Having a combined entity that includes a complementary business model and unprecedented technical expertise, positions us to bring more advanced solutions and services to the market.”