Vinoy Kumar joins Partners in Performance ahead of Australia return

12 March 2023 3 min. read
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Partners in Performance has scored a coup with the recruitment of finance and consulting veteran Vinoy Kumar, who will return to Australia after eight years with Standard Chartered in Singapore.

Seasoned finance and consulting executive Vinoy Kumar has joined management consultancy Partners in Performance as director in its Financial Services practice, an appointment that marks his return to both the consulting world and ultimately Australia after close to eight years at Standard Chartered in Singapore.

A former partner with Boston Consulting Group, Kumar will initially work out of Singapore before crossing to Partners in Performance’s Sydney office in the middle of the year.

Vinoy Kumar, Senior Partner, Partners in Performance

A graduate of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kumar kicked off his senior career at Zurich Financial Services, serving in several roles in Europe and the Asia Pacific across eight years with the global insurer until 2005. From there he joined Boston Consulting Group, spending time with the strategy firm in both New York and Australia as a managing director and partner. After the best part of a decade, he then returned to financial services.

Now he rebounds back to consulting with Partners in Performance, finishing up in his most recent role as Standard Chartered’s global head of digital assets, having helped build up a practice team based out of Singapore with a focus on developing blockchain-based strategies around digital currencies, tokenisation and crypto.

During his time with the bank, Kumar was also responsible for innovation strategy for several worldwide markets as a senior managing director.

Speaking with the Australian Financial Review, Kumar said he selected Partners in Performance because he believed the role was an appropriate match for his experience, with the firm often hiring highly-experienced operators with both a corporate and consulting background. “I’ve worked on the operational side and the advisory side,” Kumar told the publication. “I want to bring that empathy and understanding to the clients.”

Former Partners in Performance finance practice co-leader Mark Potter was one such example of the firm’s corporate-consultancy experience recruitment strategy, having spent around a decade and a half at the Commonwealth Bank after a similar period between Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Kearney.

Before joining Partners in Performance, current finance practice director Tim Morse was an executive at Telstra and NBN following a 15-year career at McKinsey & Company as partner.

Graduate employership

Despite such a preference among senior leadership, Partners in Performance is still recognised as being one of Australia’s leading graduate employers, ranked third among all companies nationwide in the Australian Association of Graduate Employers latest annual Top Graduate Employers list.

One survey respondent stated; “The company culture and investment into their employees’ development is extremely admirable,” while another noted “the diverse learning and industry exposure.”