region. Cummins — which manufactures and
distributes diesel engines, power generators,
and components — has about 55,000 employees across 190 countries worldwide.
A native of rural Tasmania, Teixeira completed two bachelor’s degrees in law and
psychology at the University of Tasmania. After
that, she pursued her post grad education at
two universities — the University of Tasmania
in Hobart and Monash University in Melbourne — studying legal practice, and health
safety and environmental law.
“I’ve always had a strong sense of justice,
fairness, and equality for all, so entering the
law was an obvious fit,” she says.
Teixeira joined Cummins in 2009, a time
when she was looking for her next in-house
challenge. She was simultaneously attracted by
the variety of work, the challenges of an Asia
Pacific role, and by Cummins’ core values.
Today, in addition to her current role, she also
sits on the Cummins regional leadership team,
and is a director and company secretary of multiple boards of regional Cummins entities.
“Working in a small regional office of a large
multinational company gives me the best of
both worlds,” Teixeira says. “The legal team at
Cummins are highly engaged with, and very
well respected by our business colleagues, and
One of the main things Teixeira’s team is fo-
cusing on now is compliance across the region
and continuing to grow the Cummins footprint
through mergers and acquisitions.
“Cummins focuses on diversity and corporate responsibility, and that has made a
significant difference to the lives of people
and the environments in which we operate,”
It’s an industry that’s moving very quickly, she
says, and anyone working for a telecommunications company, including lawyers, needs to make
sure their customers are brilliantly connected.
She feels the awards highlight the Telstra
team and what they strive toward in their professional roles. Besides the actual telecommunications work, the team endeavors to make a
difference through volunteering and doing pro
bono work, promoting flexibility, and advocating for diversity and well being, both internally
and in the legal profession as a whole.
“These awards tie a nice bow around all
these things that we are so passionate about,”
And being recognized by fellow ACC members from across the globe is a truly gratifying
“I received a text from an in-house counsel
friend in the United States, and she said she saw
the team and me on the ACC website,” she said.
“It makes you feel chuffed to be recognized.”
Legal Team of the
Year — Small
By Rena Malai, ACC
What does Kate Teixeira, corporate counsel
Asia Pacific for Cummins, love most about her
job? Her team. And that’s why she’s excited
that she and her team have been recognized
with the ACC Australia Legal Team of the Year
Award for small legal departments.
“The Cummins Asia Pacific legal team is
made up of a great group of passionate legal
professionals who provide the best quality and
innovative legal services to support optimal
business outcomes for Cummins,” Teixeira
says. “This award goes some way in recognizing
The Cummins Asia Pacific legal team,
which has its head office in Melbourne,
consists of four lawyers, one legal intern, and
one legal administrator. The team supports all
Cummins businesses across the Asia Pacific
OF THE YEAR -
“Cummins focuses on diversity and
corporate responsibility, and that has
a made a significant difference to the
lives of people and the environments
in which we operate.” - Kate Teixeira