Grant Thornton in the US has named Doreen Griffith as office managing partner of its Greater Bay Area practice. She will oversee the growth and operations of the San Francisco and San Jose, Calif. offices.
Most recently, Griffith served as national managing partner of Tax Services for Grant Thornton. She succeeds Jeff Pera, who will continue to support the Greater Bay Area practice.
Since joining Grant Thornton in 2003, Griffith has served in a number of roles with increasing responsibility, including Tax practice leader for the Greater Bay Area and regional Tax partner. She also served as the office managing partner of the firm’s Honolulu practice.
“Doreen brings to this role proven leadership coupled with an extensive knowledge of tax issues and a deep familiarity with many of the regional resources available to best serve our clients,” said Jacqueline Akerblom, managing partner of Grant Thornton’s West region. “She will be integral in maintaining and building upon the momentum that Jeff established for the firm’s Greater Bay Area practice during the last 11 years.”
As the firm’s Tax Services leader, Griffith played a key role in setting the firm’s tax strategy, launching the Grant Thornton Shared Services Center, serving as senior sponsor for many of the firm’s largest tax clients and prospects, and developing talent for the practice. She has extensive experience in tax consulting, structuring, business operations and compliance for companies and individuals in the real estate, manufacturing, not-for-profit, hospitality and high-technology industries. She also has experience in federal and state taxes for corporations, individuals, partnerships and bankruptcy estates.
Griffith is a certified public accountant (CPA) in California, Illinois, Arkansas and Hawaii. She is a former chair of the Hawaii State Board of Public Accountancy, a member of the California State Society of CPAs and a member of the American Institute of CPAs. She is also a member of the advisory board for the College of Business at Louisiana Tech University. Griffith received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Louisiana Tech University.
Alain Recoules has been promoted at Taxand following Richard Baxter’s recent move to FTI Consulting. Alain was formerly the deputy leader of Taxand’s global indirect tax team since.
He is based in Taxand France where he is a partner of Arsene Taxand. After obtaining a DESS (post-graduate degree) in company tax management, Alain joined Arthur Andersen in 1989. He worked for several years in the financial services practice, and in 1998 he became the partner in charge of the VAT/customs practice that he created at Andersen Legal.
While at Andersen Legal, he also helped build a team that specialised in tax audit of computerized accounting systems. In addition to his proficiency in VAT and international trade regulations, Alain has acquired particular expertise, in both France and Europe, of the retail and leisure sectors and computer services companies, along with solid knowledge of the banking and fund management company sector. In 2002, he applied his knowledge to the Landwell VAT/customs practice, of which he was joint head. Alain was actively involved in developing the financial services practice at Landwell as well. He has been with Arsene Taxand since 2005.
Richard Baxter left Alvarez & Marsal Taxation (in London) this month to join FTI Consulting as Senior Managing Director.
Richard was a tax partner with Andersen then Deloitte. He joined Taxand in 1998 and was a Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal Taxand and head of the Global Indirect Tax practice. Over the course of his career he has led global assignments with a focus on international VAT for major US and European multinational companies. He also has particular expertise in managing VAT technology applications projects and leading the implementation of indirect tax reporting tools globally. He is well versed in negotiating at senior levels with tax authorities and managing tax cases to ECJ, VAT Tribunal and the High Court.
No formal press release has been provided as yet by FTI Consulting but Tax Grotto assumes he will be leading the global indirect tax practice for the Firm. He will be joining former Andersen UK tax colleagues like Marvin Rust, Toni Dyson and Ian Mackie.
MSCI Inc, a leading provider of investment decision support tools to investors globally, has appointed Robert Beynon as Global Head of Tax.
Rob joins from GFI Group, where he has worked as Global Head of Tax for the past 3 years. Before this he was US Tax Director at ICAP. His earlier commercial tax career was in the UK.
Rob is a UK Chartered Accountant and a New York attorney. He has a detailed knowledge of both the US and UK tax laws as well as a good understanding of the tax laws in many other countries including Brazil, and other Asian and European financial centers.
Rob’s background is primarily corporate tax, whether federal, state and local or international, but he is a generalist and has had in depth experience in payroll taxes, sales and use taxes, executive compensation, transfer pricing and VAT among others.
Rob has built a number of corporate tax departments and is responsible for quarterly reporting and tax compliance as well as tax planning across multiple geographies. Rob is equally experienced in US GAAP and IFRS.
Rob’s career has also exposed him to many corporate transactions and he has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring. He has also had a commercial role considering the impact of corporate transactions and was the leader of the cross functional committee assessing the impact of corporate transactions.
Rob is an adjunct professor in the Masters of Tax program at Baruch College, CUNY
Fox Rothschild has hired Linda Enion as a partner in the firm’s Taxation and Wealth Planning Department.
Enion is an experienced practitioner in the fields of estate planning and estate and trust administration matters. She advises individual and corporate fiduciaries, resolves Orphans’ Court matters and provides charitable planning and counseling for tax exempt organizations.
Prior to joining Fox, Linda was senior counsel at Lovett Bookman Harmon Marks LLP, focused on trusts and estates law. She previously served as counsel at a large international firm and an associate at a nationwide firm, as well as in-house counsel at a large Pittsburgh bank.
Linda serves as one of the co-course planners for the Estate Law Institute and regularly lectures for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on a range of topics, including exit strategies for trusts, the Uniform Trust Act, charitable planning, planning with retirement benefits and federal and state death tax return preparation.
The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow; State Vice Chair
Selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” (2006 – Present)
Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated
Juan Molina has been appointed the head of the International Tax Services practice at Roedl & Partner Mexico.
He started his practice at Arthur Andersen in 2000. In 2003 he left the firm to pursue his studies abroad. In 2004 he joined the tax practice of Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa and then joined the international tax practice at Deloitte Mexico where he was promoted to Manager, Senior Manager and, in 2011, to Director.
He has been a University professor at the Ibero University in Mexico City. Currently he is a candidate to the CFA (Charter Financial Analyst) of the CFA Institute of Chicago and has participated in various courses in international taxation both, as participant and as lecturer.
His new role at Roedl will involve providing tax advice to mainly German companies doing business in Mexico and Latin America, as well as strategic cross-border tax planning and tax compliance services.
Jeff Antenucci has joined Shutterstock as Global Head of Tax, with effect from last month.
Mr Antenucci has worked in-house as a tax professional for the past 10 years, initially with NBCUniversal, then Warner Music and most recently Cushman & Wakefield, where he was Managing Director, Global Tax.
He will report to the CFO, Tim Bixby and is based in New York.
Founded in 2003 and headquartered in New York City, Shutterstock is a leading provider of digital imagery licensing, operating in more than 150 countries and 20 languages. As a two-sided marketplace, our mission is to connect creative business professionals with the best photos, vectors, illustrations and video from thousands of contributors around the world.
Litigation boutiques are getting interested in tax. Last year Graham Aaronson and Joe Hage formed a boutique firm focused on high value tax disputes. Today, The Lawyer reports that Stewarts Law will be launching a tax litigation arm by November of this year.
Whoever will be spearheading this new venture must already have been appointed and will be on gardening leave at the moment. If anyone has a clue please email email@example.com and we will dig further.