Mazars makes leadership promotions in Australia

09 October 2023 3 min. read
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Outsourcing specialist Padmini Dixit has joined a team of around fifty Mazars partners across Australia, promoted together with four new associate directors.

Accounting and consulting network Mazars has promoted Padmini Dixit to its partnership team in Sydney, while elevating office colleague Adrian Citton to associate director level alongside Joel Orbita, Saqib Rahim and Yan Flageul in Melbourne.

Meanwhile, Rickard Wärnelid has made the step up to a regional role, appointed as Asia Pacific head of the firm’s Financial Advisory Services and Energy practices.

Mazars makes leadership promotions in Australia

While continuing to be based out of Sydney, Rickard Wärnelid takes up the Asia Pacific leadership roles after first joining Mazars in 2016 upon the purchase of Corality, his 2006-founded consultancy which specialised in financial modelling for infrastructure, resources and energy sector projects.

Wärnelid will now oversee a broad financial advisory portfolio, including transaction services, due diligence, valuations, forensics, and restructuring among other offerings.

Padmini Dixit has amassed more than fifteen years worth of outsourcing industry experience, having joined Mazars from BDO in 2018 after a previous decade spent at professional services firm TMF. As leader of Mazars’ international outsourcing team out of Sydney, Dixit has served numerous inbound companies including Fortune 500 multinationals on their compliance and other needs, covering a wide range of sectors from aviation to luxury fashion.

Associate Directors
In addition to its senior leadership and partnership appointments, Mazars has also made four associate director promotions. Joining as a cadet in 2015, Adrian Citton (a 2021 Accountants Daily 30 under 30 category winner) makes the step up in the business advisory team in Sydney, while Melbourne-based business advisory counterpart Joel Orbita has also been promoted, having joined Mazars in 2021 on the back of an earlier half-decade stint at Deloitte.

Also in Melbourne, Saqib Rahim becomes an associate director within Mazars’ audit and financial services divisions, starting out with six years of assurance experience at Ernst & Young in the UK and Australia before crossing to the firm in 2018. Previously a workplace support consultant with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Yan Flageul has meanwhile been promoted to HR consulting associate director after joining last year.

Commenting on the promotions, Sydney managing partner Matthew Ashley stated; “At the core of our talent management strategy lies our commitment to empowering our employees to thrive, unlock their potential, and cultivate careers aligned with their aspirations. Each of these remarkable individuals has consistently demonstrated outstanding performance, played an indispensable role in their team, and contributed significantly to Mazars’ overall success.”