McCourt Global has announced that Jacqueline Bataille has joined the firm as Director, Taxation. Based in MG’s headquarters in New York City, Bataille will serve as the lead tax resource and strategist for the firm and its related entities.
Previously, Bataille was a tax advisor at FTI Consulting in their Real Estate and Infrastructure Solutions Group. Her primary focus there was on tax consulting and compliance for real estate opportunity funds, real estate owners and operators, and investors. Additionally, her background includes working with high net worth individuals and their associated entities, including family investment partnerships, trusts, and private foundations.
“I am very pleased to welcome Jacqueline to McCourt Global as a member of the core leadership team,” said Brent Taravella, Managing Director, CFO, and COO at McCourt Global. “Jacqueline’s background and expertise in complex tax situations are ideally-suited for her new role at McCourt Global and our rapidly growing business.”
Prior to FTI Consulting, Bataille served as a Tax Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, and before that as an Assurance Associate with KPMG, LLP. Bataille graduated Cum Laude with a BBA in Accounting from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of business. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Bober Markey Fedorovich, a Top 20 Northeast Ohio CPA firm, has announced a few leadership promotions at the firm this month. These include Tod Wagner, who has been named Managing Partner of BMF’s Cleveland Office
Wagner joined BMF as part of last year’s merger with Cleveland-based firm Libman, Goldstine, Kopperman & Wolf.
In this new role, Wagner will work closely with Fedorovich, focusing on continued growth and expansion of the Cleveland office. Wagner has served as a tax partner in the Cleveland office, and brings more than 20 years of experience to middle market businesses and their owners. Along with his broad background in corporate and individual tax planning, Wagner has extensive expertise with mergers and acquisitions, having created tremendous tax savings for clients through innovative transaction structures and negotiation of attractive deal terms.
In transitioning the leadership of Cleveland office operations, finances, processes and personnel matters, Wagner will continue to work strategically alongside Keith Libman and Alan Goldstine, who will remain engaged in their client service roles and active in promoting the growth of the firm.
Wagner started his career in tax with Arthur Andersen, where he worked for 8 years, after graduating from Miami University.
Sideman & Bancroft has announced that Natacha Kolb has joined the firm as a partner in the Estate Planning and Tax groups.
Ms. Kolb specializes in representing high-net-worth families and individuals in estate planning and administration, business succession planning and philanthropic planning. She also advises non-profit and charitable clients and assists tax-exempt organizations with incorporating and obtaining exemptions from taxation.
Prior to joining Sideman & Bancroft, Ms. Kolb was a director at Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty in Napa. She has also previously worked in the estate planning groups at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Cooley LLP.
Ms. Kolb earned her maitrise and DEA from the University of Paris, Pantheon-Sorbonne, and received a LL.M. with a concentration in taxation from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Marcum has hired Karen Connair as a tax partner in the Irvine office.
Ms Connair joins from Allen, Haight & Monaghan where she has been a tax partner since December. She spent most of her earlier tax career with EY, progressing to Executive Director.
She provides a broad array of federal, state and international tax consulting and tax compliance services. Ms Connair specializes in serving large and middle market privately held companies and partnerships with multi-state and multi-entity operations as well as high net-worth individuals.
Ms. Connair is an active member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA), where she served as the 2014-2015 President for the Orange County/Long Beach chapter and currently chairs the chapter’s Financial Literacy program. At the state level, she is a chapter council representative and member of the Membership Committee. Previously, she was a committee representative for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Forum Planning Committee.
BDO USA has recruited Joseph Calianno into the Washington-based National Tax practice. He joins as a partner and leader of the International Technical Tax Practice.
Mr Calianno was formerly with Grant Thornton in Washington, where he held a very similar role. He had been with GT for over 11 years. Prior to that he worked for 5 years as Special Counsel to the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (International). He holds an LLM Taxation and MBA from New York University.
Grant Thornton LLP has admitted Scott Hamilton as Tax managing director in the firm’s Los Angeles office, effective Aug. 1. Across the firm, Grant Thornton admitted 50 new partners and principals and promoted 29 professionals to managing director.
Hamilton joined Grant Thornton in 2005 in the firm’s Phoenix office. With nearly 15 years of corporate tax experience, Hamilton has spent the last 10 years primarily focused on research and development tax incentives, cost segregation, and accounting methods and periods. He has experience with all aspects of a research credit study, from interviewing engineers to defending the credit before the IRS. Now based in the Los Angeles office, Scott is helping to build the firm’s California presence in this specialty area.
Hamilton is a CPA in California. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation from Arizona State University.
True Partners Consulting has hired Cathleen Kennedy as a Director in their New York Federal Tax team.
Ms. Kennedy will leverage her experience and expertise in large, internal tax departments to serve the firm’s growing client base of middle-market public and private, multi-national companies. She will advise clients on quarterly and yearly tax provisions, tax planning strategies as well as large-scale, integrated tax technology solutions.
“Cathleen is a valuable addition to our east coast team,” said John Aksak, Managing Director. “She spent many years as a tax director for a global organization; she knows what our clients need. She’s also a great leader and will help develop our younger staff. We’re excited to have her on board.”
Before joining True Partners, Cathleen spent almost 15 years as the Tax Director – Income Tax Services for Adecco Group North America. She also has experience consulting for companies in the entertainment, software technology and manufacturing industries.
The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) has announced the appointment of Mr Hamed Al-Saadi in the position of Chief Financial & Tax Officer. He succeeds Salman bin Hassan Al-Thani who is now the QFC’s Chief Strategic and Business Development Officer.
In his role, Mr Al-Saadi will assume a strategic role in the overall management of the QFC, from financial planning through to execution of the QFC’s financial activities, while adhering to the QFC’s values of transparency, efficiency and integrity.
Yousuf Al-Jaida, Chief Executive Officer, QFC, said: “We are pleased to welcome Mr Al-Saadi as the newest addition to the QFC family. His many years of experience are a great asset to our organisation and we look forward to working with him to further secure the QFC as a leading financial centre worldwide. The QFC Authority plays an important role in the growth of the finance sector in Qatar, and we are confident Mr Al-Saadi will become a pivotal part of our already successful team.”
Mr Al-Saadi has 15 years of experience in accounting and financial management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Qatar University, and an Executive MBA from the University of Plymouth, UK.
Before being appointed Chief Financial & Tax Officer of the QFC, Mr. Al-Saadi held a number of high profile appointments at RasGas, including General Accounting Manager. He has specific expertise in audit, project management and executive leadership.