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Patina Solutions Expands India Solutions Practice, Appoints Rick White as National Practice Director

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Seasoned international executive to grow service offerings and help U.S. and Indian companies expand their markets and address their strategic, operational and management needs

Patina Solutions, the fast-growing firm that provides proven, accomplished executives and managers with 25+ years of experience for key projects, engagements and initiatives, is expanding its international capabilities with the appointment of Rick White as National Practice Director – India Solutions.

In this role, White will be responsible for growing Patina Solutions' India Solutions service offerings in the U.S. and India. He will help companies expand their markets and address their strategic, operational and management needs in conjunction with the seasoned international practitioners in the Patina Nation – the company’s portfolio of professionals with 25+ years of experience each.

This is an expanded role for White, who joined Patina Solutions in early 2013 as a Senior Advisor on International Business Strategies and Government Policy. He was previously the Founder and President of Indus Strategic Solutions, a consulting firm that focused on building strategic business strategies for companies entering or expanding in India and other international markets.

“We are excited to provide our clients with a growing international capability that helps companies seeking to enter or expand and better manage their presence in India – and for Indian companies looking to expand outside their domestic market," said Mike Harris, President and CEO of Patina Solutions. "Our clients will benefit from Rick’s experience gained from over a decade of living and working in India.”

White has experience working in both the private and government sector.  He had three assignments at the U.S. Embassy, his last position being Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché.  One of White’s major responsibilities was coordinating with the U.S. defense industry and overseeing the government-to-government sales of over $5 billion of defense equipment to the Government of India. He has continued to work with a variety of small, medium and large companies to help them find success in India and other international markets.  In addition to aerospace and defense companies, White has worked with manufacturing, energy and transportation companies to develop effective international business strategies in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

“I am excited to join a fast-growing company with an understanding of the importance of international trade.  With a new government in place in India and already over $100 billion of two-way trade expected to grow to $500 billion, it is an excellent time to explore or expand on U.S.-India opportunities,” said White. “Joining Patina provides me an opportunity to work with more industries and in more functional areas with a portfolio of extremely experienced international practitioners.”

Based in Tampa, Fla., White is a member of the Indo-U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is on the International Business Committee of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. He also played a key role on the organizing committee of the IIFA U.S.-India Global Business Forum. Nationally, White serves on the U.S.-India Business Council’s Defense Executive Committee and is a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He earned his master's degree in Asian Studies from the University of Texas – Austin and his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. In addition, White holds master’s degrees from the University of Madras in India and the U.S. Army War College.

About Patina Solutions
Patina Solutions provides proven, accomplished professionals with 25+ years of experience on a flexible and collaborative basis, helping companies to solve problems, realize opportunities and improve results. The company’s services include execution of special projects and key initiatives, interim executive assignments, consulting and advisory engagements, leadership development and board placements. With expertise across multiple business functions, Patina Solutions serves companies of different sizes and industries from offices in Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Tampa, Minneapolis and Detroit – along with its growing international capabilities. The firm was named to the 2013 Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing privately held companies in America. Learn more at

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