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Glatfelter promotes Amy Wannemacher to VP Tax

On July 17, 2014, in Glatfelter, by Chris Bale

Glatfelter has announced key leadership changes in their corporate headquarters located in York, Pennsylvania. Amy Wannemacher is promoted to Vice President of Tax, and Ramesh Shettigar has joined Glatfelter as Vice President and Treasurer. These executives will report to John Jacunski, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

In making this announcement, Mr. Jacunski said, “These leadership changes continue to build upon the foundation of talent within the Finance function to meet the growing demands of the business. I am pleased to announce Amy’s promotion as she is a well respected leader who has built an effective global tax team that has executed tax strategies designed to create value for our stakeholders. Equally, I am delighted Mr. Shettigar joins our Company, as he brings a diverse and strong global treasury background to execute our financial strategies, support the growth of the business and generate value for our shareholders.”

Ms. Wannemacher brings over 20 years of global tax leadership and expertise to her assignment. Ms. Wannemacher joined Glatfelter in 2005 as the Director of Tax. Prior to joining Glatfelter, she worked for Dentsply International Inc. for 14 years in a variety of senior tax roles. Ms. Wannemacher earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Shepard University. She is a member of Tax Executive Institute, Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity & Innovation – Tax Council and American Forest & Paper Association – Tax Resource Committee. Active in the community, she serves as a Director of the York County United Way.

As Vice President and Treasurer, Mr. Shettigar will assume responsibility for Glatfelter’s treasury functions, with responsibilities for global cash and debt management, pensions, insurance, risk management as well as capital markets activity. This includes the effective development of key relationships with our banks and rating agencies.

Glatfelter is a global supplier of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered materials, offering innovation, technical expertise, and world-class service.

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Ernst & Young LLP announced today that Ann Burgess Cammack, former senior tax counsel on the US Senate Finance Committee and tax advisor to Chairman Baucus, has joined the Washington, DC office as a principal in the National Tax Department.

Cammack worked for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Senator Baucus since 2011, advising on issues such as insurance, financial products, retirement and pension issues, tax administration, IRS oversight, and tax practice and procedure. She worked on matters regarding the budget and deficit reduction, and participated in drafting tax legislative initiatives, including tax reform efforts, the 2012 Fiscal Cliff legislation and the 2011 Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction.

“Ann’s extensive government and private sector experience will help our clients understand many of the recent and ongoing policy changes and directives,” said Eric Solomon, co-director of Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department as well as co-director of the EY Americas Tax Center. “Her focus on tax and compliance issues related to the insurance industry will be invaluable to many EY clients.”

Cammack held executive positions at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and the American Council of Life Insurers. In addition, she worked on insurance tax issues at the US Treasury Department in the Office of Tax Policy, and before that she worked as an attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel at the IRS. She also held positions at PwC and Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan in Washington.

Cammack received her AB from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and earned her JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and an associate member of the Virginia State Bar.

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The Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFC Authority) has announced the appointment of Sheikh Salman Bin Hassan Al-Thani as Chief Financial and Tax Officer.

Sheikh Salman Al-Thani said: “I am honoured to be appointed to this prominent position. The QFC Authority plays a key role in Qatar’s development, contributing particularly to the growth of business and the financial sector. I am looking forward to helping the QFC further strengthen its world-class business environment as a base from which domestic and foreign firms can operate in Qatar and abroad.”

Shashank Srivastava, Chief Executive Officer of the QFC Authority, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sheikh Salman to the QFC Authority team as Chief Financial and Tax Officer. His considerable experience will be invaluable in building on our success in creating a highly attractive tax environment and robust financial system and ensuring the QFC’s continued progress.”
Before joining the QFC Authority, Sheikh Salman Al-Thani was Director of Risk Management at the Qatar Central Bank. He also worked for Qatar Petroleum in a variety of roles in the Project Finance Department. Sheikh Salman has a BA degree in Banking and Financial Studies from Qatar University.

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grant thornton bristol tax jobsAllister Weir has been made a partner at Grant Thornton. He is based in the Bristol office but will lead the South West corporate tax advisory and compliance practice.

Allister trained with EY and left after 10 years to work in house with Tui Travel, where he lead the international tax team. He returned to EY as a Tax Director in 2011 before moving out of London to join Grant Thornton in Jan 2013.


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paris tax partner jobsEuropean law firm Fieldfisher has hired Antoine Gabizon as a partner in its Paris office. He joined the firm on 1st July 2014.

Antoine joins as a tax partner from UGGC Avocats. He specialises in corporate tax, the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, international tax structuring and transfer pricing, tax litigation, private asset management, employee benefits, the creation of investment funds and VAT.

Antoine has built a strong client following, having practised at UGGC since being admitted to the Paris Bar in 1996. He acts for French private equity funds, French and international corporates and private individuals.


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PwC says it is “gearing for growth” in Scotland with the appointment of seven new partners and plans to take on more than 100 new graduates in the autumn.

The partner promotions include 2 new tax partners:

PwC private client tax jobsSusannah Simpson, private business tax (Edinburgh)

Susie is a qualified lawyer and has 13 years experience advising entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals, privately owned companies and management on all aspects of their tax compliance and structuring. Susie’s legal experience means that she is ideally placed to bridge the gap between advising the individuals behind the business and the business itself at every stage of its lifecycle, whether start-up, growth, succession to another generation of family or management or through an exit and beyond.

PwC Aberdeen tax jobsWillo Renahan, corporate tax (Aberdeen);

Willo is based in Aberdeen providing business and tax advice to Energy, Utilities and Mining, clients. The majority of his time is spent with companies operating in the oil and gas sector as well as mining and windfarms. He joined PwC in 1996 and has worked in the Dublin, London and Sydney offices.

Whilst in Australia, he also worked as Tax Manager for Xstrata Coal, leading their coal tax team, responsible for all taxes faced by the business across their operational territories and countries where Xstrata was expanding.

A significant part of his time is spent advising UK and international energy companies on effective tax rates, as well as managing risk, improving systems and developing global tax strategies.


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Crowe Horwath Australia has announced its new leadership team. Running the tax services practice are:

Dominic Moon: Tax Advisory, Brisbane

Dominic provides taxation advice to Crowe Horwath clients and the broader SME market across Brisbane and regional Queensland, leveraging Crowe Horwath’s extensive office network to meet the taxation and commercial needs of our clients.

he specialises in providing advice on Federal and State taxes in all jurisdictions, and bring 12 years of legal experience in commercial transactions, estate and succession planning, finance and insolvency to assist my clients across all stages of their business life cycle.

Sam Neale: Tax Advisory, Sydney

crowe howarth tax jobsSam joined Crowe Horwath in 2011 in the Corporate and International Tax team after 13 years as a tax advisor in Big Four firms and focuses on building trusted, long-term relationships with clients.

Sam has extensive experience in advising medium to large corporates on investment structures, transactions and implementations across a broad range of industries – with a particular emphasis on the tax efficient international financing / investment structures and related transfer pricing compliance.

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Leisa Rafter joins BDO partnership in Australia

On July 12, 2014, in BDO, by Chris Bale

BDO Australia tax jobsBDO Australia has made up 3 new partners, including indirect tax specialist Leisa Rafter who is based in the Brisbane office.

Leisa has specialised in the field of indirect tax for over nine years, gaining extensive experience working in “big four” firms before joining BDO. Leisa has a particular focus on the financial services sector and regularly provides GST consulting and review services to a range of Managed Investment Schemes and funds.

Leisa is also a principal advisor on State duties and taxes.

Key assignments

  • Preparation of advice in relation to the GST implications of various government grants received and levies, charges and fees imposed by a government department.
  • Transaction support and GST compliance review services for various government related entities.
  • Provision of stamp duty advice in relation to internal restructures.

Qualifications & memberships

  • Solicitor, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Laws, QUT
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting), QUT
  • Lecturer, Taxation Institute of Australia
  • Member, Queensland Law Society Inc.


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