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SBS chairman Zampatti honoured

Passion and fashion have driven Carla Zampatti through decades of business success, but she says accolades for her work are really a tribute to the achievements of all women.

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Italian-born Ms Zampatti came to Australia in 1950 as a nine-year-old.

Armed with “youthful optimism”, she broke into the world of fashion in 1965 with a small collection.

Fast forward to June 2009 and Zampatti’s empire has grown to 30 boutiques around Australia.

“It is amazing what you can do with an incredible amount of youthful optimism and very little money,” Ms Zampatti told AAP of her early days in business.

Having passion for her profession made business success easier, she said.

“Creating beautiful products and having women enjoy wearing it – that’s the ultimate,” Ms Zampatti said.

“I do get fan mail from my customers saying `I wore you for my wedding’ and other special occasions.”

Her business success is part of the reason she has been appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

“It was totally unexpected, totally outside any dream that I had for myself,” Ms Zampatti said.

“It is not only an honour for me, but wonderful recognition of what women are achieving.”

As a third generation of women wears her designs, Ms Zampatti has found another way to enter the lives of Australians – through broadcasting.

For 10 years Ms Zampatti has been the chairman of SBS Corporation.

“The government asked me if I would consider being a chairman and I hesitated because I thought it was such a big role. I was concerned about my lack of experience,” she said.

“But I thought I understand and know how to run a business … (and) also I had a special sympathy for newcomers to this country.

“I know how difficult it is and how important it is to have a broadcast in your language to learn about the country, the laws, the requirements and understand the country better – that’s what SBS does.”

Her business leadership and management roles, along with her contribution to multicultural broadcasting, were nominated as reasons behind Ms Zampatti’s honour.

She was as surprised by the appointment as she was when appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 1987 Honours list.