Published September 26, 2023

LONDON, 25 September 2023: Leading International IP services business Rouse today announces the appointment of Paolo Tavolato to the position of Joint Chief Operating Officer (COO), as Rouse continues to expand its leadership team as part of its growth and development strategy.

Paolo will work alongside Rupert Ross-Macdonald leading the management of the business both at the group and local level and driving group-wide operational projects. He will also take a leading role in supporting Rouse’s M&A ambitions particularly in the area of integration to ensure Rouse continues to deliver a seamless one-team service.

Paolo was previously Head of Asia Pacific at corporate services firm TMF Group. He brings a wealth of experience in growing and leading professional services businesses, particularly through M&A quadrupling revenues of the region he led from 2014-2022. Paolo has worked across a range of geographies, including Europe, the US, Thailand and Hong Kong.

The appointment comes on the back of the hiring of Elle Shoben as Chief People Officer and Jarron Stephens as Chief Technology Officer in May this year, to further support Rouse’s objective of building a more efficient and integrated IP capability globally.

Luke Minford, Chief Executive of Rouse, says:

“Paolo’s extensive management and operations experience will provide the leadership capability we need as we aim to grow into new service areas and geographies as well as integrate businesses through M&A. His track record leading TMF in Asia is unparalleled, we’re really excited to have him join the team.”


Paolo Tavolato adds: “I am excited to join Rouse. As one of the leading firms in the IP space boasting a collaborative and inclusive culture, it offers a rewarding and an intellectually stimulating opportunity to leverage my skillset and experience to the fullest. As the industry is expected to go through a major transformation, my role is to ensure clients around the world enjoy a consistent and rewarding experience as we continue to grow. Rouse is one of the few firms in this space benefitting from strong PE support, which is key for unlocking our future.”



About Rouse  

Rouse is recognized as a global intellectual property leader. Established in the UK in 1990, with a vision to provide high-quality IP support and transparency in the complex emerging markets of Asia, Rouse has since expanded geographically and to cover all aspects of the IP services value chain.

Our closely integrated business is made up of more than 700 people working from 16 offices in 11 countries. We offer global services in six key areas (trademark, patent, enforcement, disputes, digital & commercial and consultancy), providing integrated solutions that help our world-leading clients to protect and grow their business.

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