Indian Delegation Visit to OhioJune 18, 2012
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) visited Ohio on June 13 as part of their CEOs Mission to USA program, which consisted of three tours in Washington D.C., Chicago and Columbus. The CII’s visit was centered on exploring the international business opportunities in Ohio. Kegler Brown, in collaboration with JobsOhio, hosted a luncheon for the CII delegation at the Westin in Downtown Columbus.
Managing Director Michael Zatezalo, Global Business practice director Martijn Steger and Global Business attorney Vinita Mehra were present to greet the delegation and introduce them to some of the most influential business and civic leaders in Columbus. Attendees included Franklin County Commissioner and President Paula Brooks, Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady, State Representative Jay Goyal, Senior Advisor for the Office of the Governor, Jai Chabria, and Economic Development and Special Projects Director for the United States Senate, Kevin Hoggatt.
The CII brought 10 delegates, including president and chairman Adi Godrej of the Godrej Group and president-designate Kris Gopalakrishnan of Infosys Limited. Godrej addressed attendees during the lunch and spoke on the attractiveness Ohio has to Indian businesses, including the tax system for businesses, its geographic location in relation to the rest of the U.S. and the overall business-friendly environment. Godrej concluded the luncheon with one final thought: “Ohio is clearly one of the better places to locate for an international business.”