Recent Tax Hires at EY in the US…..

On May 16, 2017, in EY, by Chris Bale

Listed below are some recent tax hires by EY in the US.

Liz Alek Yeomans rejoins Ernst & Young LLP’s International Tax Services practice in San Francisco as an Executive Director. Most recently she was the Director of the US Tax Desk at Baker Tilly Roelfs in Germany. Previously, Liz worked at EY for 10 years in both San Francisco and Munich, and joined GE Capital in Paris before relocating back to Munich. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Virginia.

Chris Gilbert joins Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department as an executive director in the EY Americas Tax Innovation Foundry in New York. Chris spent eight years at Bloomberg LP, where he held several strategy and general manager roles.  Most recently, he was Chief Strategy Officer for Bloomberg KYC. Previously, he was the VP of Acquisitions at Mermel & McLain Management and an equity research associate at Deutsche Bank. He received his MBA from Columbia Business School.

Sim Seo rejoins Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department (US) as a principal located in Seoul, South Korea. Seo was most recently Country Tax Leader for General Electric in Korea. Among several key tax positions, Seo had been a partner with Baker & McKenzie LLP, worked for six years with the US Internal Revenue Service, and spent four years with EY from 1999 through 2003. She received her Bachelor degree from the University of Maryland and her Law/JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Steve SkorSteve Skor joins the EY International Tax Services practice in Atlanta as an Executive Director.

Skor has more than 16 years of experience in both public accounting and industry service, with a specialization in the area of international corporate tax and cross border transactions for publicly traded and privately held multinational companies. Prior to joining EY, he was the Global Head of Tax for Dematic Group and before that was an international tax director at PWC in Atlanta. 

The new head of tax at Dematic is Dilpesh Topiwala, who was promoted internally, effective Jan 17.

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Joe Dettmann, Ph.D., joins Ernst & Young LLP’s People Advisory Services as a principal located in the firm’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, office. Joe focuses on delivering leading talent management research, analytics and practices to clients. He was previously a Consulting Director at Willis Towers Watson.

Martin Milner joins the Ernst & Young LLP National Tax Department in Washington, D.C., as a principal in International Tax Services. He was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery since 2012, prior to which he worked at Mayer Brown for five years. He spent a year with PwC in 2006 after starting his career at Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC.

Jay Wright joins the Ernst & Young LLP National Tax Department in New York as a partner in the Tax Accounting and Risk Advisory Services practice. Prior to joining EY, Jay spent more than 11 years at PwC where he most recently served as a Tax Director providing tax consulting services to a broad base of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 multinational corporations to emerging growth companies, across multiple industries, including technology, media and entertainment and retail and consumer. Jay received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Delaware and is a CPA licensed to practice in the state of New York.

Matt Prescott joins Ernst & Young LLP’s Central Region as a tax partner in Columbus, Ohio, specializing in Global Compliance and Reporting. He was previously the Director of Global Tax Accounting and Domestic Operations at Abercrombie & Fitch for three years, prior to which held several positions at PwC including Director. 

Jenny Oku returns to Ernst & Young LLP’s Global Compliance & Reporting in Los Angeles as an executive director and will be working primarily with private equity clients. Oku had been with EY since 1999 before taking a position as a tax senior manager at RKE LLP in 2016. She has extensive experience in real estate and partnership taxation and with financial services and private equity clients.

Abe Hadad joins Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department in Stamford, CT, as an executive director for International Tax Services focusing on tax technology. Previously, he was the partner and lead application architect at software consultant Coral Fire, and a technical manager at Merrill Lynch for 12 years. Hadad also worked as an engineer at Unilever and Kraft Food. 

Neil Masand joins EY as an executive director in People Advisory Services in New York, focused on talent management solutions for financial services organizations. For the past five years, Masand was a Director at PwC. His 19 year career includes HR leadership for Barclay’s, Citigroup and The Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

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Steve Toy Tax ChatErnst & Young LLP announced today that it has acquired certain tax technology platform assets from TaxChat, LLC, an innovative startup that focused on mobile, on-demand tax preparation services. TaxChat, LLC CEO and co-founder Steve Toy (pictured right) has joined the firm and is now a member of the EY Americas Tax Innovation Foundry, a group dedicated to building transformational new businesses within EY Americas firms.

“This expansion demonstrates our commitment to an entrepreneurial approach to innovation by creating new services for our clients,” said Kate Barton, EY Americas Vice-Chair of Tax Services. “Shifting global tax policies and changing business models are generating real-time, digitally enabled capabilities that allow us to continue offering exceptional and innovative services to meet client needs. Incubating new businesses through the EY Americas Tax Innovation Foundry is an integral part of our tax services’ innovation strategy.”

“Our EY Americas Tax Innovation Foundry is a critical component of our Tax Innovation movement,” said Jeff Saviano, EY Americas Indirect Tax Services and Tax Innovation Leader. “The addition of this digital tax technology furthers our vision to be the most innovative Tax provider in a professional services organization. The acquisition brings new technologies that will be critically important to our clients in a rapidly changing global tax arena.”

“We are excited that Steve has joined our growing team of internal entrepreneurs,” said Chirag Patel, EY Americas Tax Innovation Foundry Leader. “We remain focused on building and transforming businesses in the tax, finance, and human capital segments. This acquisition is one of several strategic investments EY will make to drive long-term growth and to offer new digital-first experiences to our clients.”

Prior to TaxChat LLC, Steve Toy worked with Fareportal, Billboard, and Software Secure. He developed ancillary products, new revenue streams, enhanced sales, and helped transition older products and services into digital systems. A veteran entrepreneur, he also co-founded Beema Inc., an agency that supported business transition into digital strategies through cutting-edge video-messaging and email products.

“It was an easy decision for me to join EY,” Toy said. “We share a vision around disruption of the tax and finance functions. The EY Americas Tax Innovation Foundry is a unique destination. Its founders seek to remain entrepreneurial while accelerating time-to-market and driving scale.”

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Mark Maguire GE TaxMark Maguire is joining EY’s National Tax Department in Tampa as an executive director. He will sit in the International Tax Services group serving the Southeast Region.

Mark comes from General Electric Company where he has held numerous international tax positions in Plastics, Healthcare and Power since 2000.   

His most recent role was as the Global Tax Leader for the Gas Power Systems business.

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Recent tax hires at EY USA…..

On November 9, 2016, in EY, by Chris Bale

Mitzi Saito joins Ernst & Young LLP’s People Advisory Services located in New York as a partner in Global Mobility focusing on the Japanese multinational companies based in US. Saito comes from KPMG where she spent 23 years, most recently as Tax Managing Director. She also worked with Panasonic Corporation as an HR Specialist.

Steve Starzynski joins Ernst & Young LLP’s Transaction Tax Services as a partner located in Chicago. Steve has over a decade of experience working on M&A transactions, representing strategic and financial buyers.  Prior to joining EY, Steve worked in both the M&A Transaction Services and Special Acquisition Services practices at Deloitte, where he focused on serving large private equity clients and their portfolio companies in all aspects of the deal lifecycle.  In addition to Chicago, Steve has worked in San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Washington, DC. 

C.J. Girod joins Ernst & Young LLP in Pittsburgh as an executive director with Indirect Tax.  Girod brings more than 19 years of experience, most recently as a Principal at Ryan, LLC where he spent 12 years in state and local tax, providing site selection, economic development, and credits and incentives consulting services.

Randy Ferris joins Ernst & Young LLP’s Indirect Tax Practice in California as an executive director. Ferris worked for 20 years at the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), holding several roles, including Chief Counsel, Senior Business Taxes Attorney, and Appeals Conference Holder and Reviewer. Ferris oversaw the BOE’s legal department, provided legal advice, issued legal opinions, drafted regulations, formulated and developed policies to implement laws, and provided impartial analyses of tax disputes.

Jocelyne Miller joins Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department located in San Diego as an executive director focusing on exempt organizations. Miller has previously worked with other large accounting firms and was also staff counsel for the American Bar Association Section of Taxation. She has served on the board of directors for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

Thomas A. Vidano joins the Ernst & Young LLP National Tax Department in Washington, DC, from the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.  Vidano started working at IRS Office of Chief Counsel in 1998, and most recently served as the as Deputy Division Counsel (International) in LB&I Division Counsel.  In this role, he served as the legal advisor to IRS executives in charge of international tax issues by assisting in identifying emerging international tax issues, developing compliance strategies, and coordinating those issues with Associate Chief Counsel (International) (“ACCI”). Vidano also oversaw all significant international tax litigation in LB&I Division Counsel, including transfer pricing.  Prior to serving as the Deputy Division Counsel (International), Vidano was the Assistant Branch Chief in Branch 4 (corporate and partnership issues, including section 367(d)) of ACCI, and an attorney in Branch 6 (transfer pricing) of ACCI.  As an executive director at EY, Vidano focuses on transfer pricing controversy.

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EY Ireland promotes Seamus Downey and Ian Collins

On September 14, 2016, in EY, by Chris Bale

EY Ireland has announced the appointment of six Partners, bringing the total number of Partners within the Irish business to 61.

Within its tax division, EY has promoted Cork-based Seamus Downey, underlining the Firm’s continued investment in the Munster region, as well as Ian Collins who heads up EY’s Research & Development team.

Seamus Downey TaxSeamus Downey is a tax partner based in EY’s Cork office, where he predominantly advises multinational and indigenous companies on both domestic and international tax issues.

Key areas of experience include:

  • International tax planning
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Advising high net worth individuals.

Seamus joined the firm from KPMG in March 2012 having previously worked as a tax director in their tax function. He has worked with a broad range of global and indigenous companies in technology, agriculture, logistics, distribution, manufacturing and engineering.

Ian Collins leads the IrishIan Collins Tax Research & Development tax group for EY, which is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of engineers, scientists, and tax professionals. Ian advises multinationals and small and medium-sized companies on all matters related to the Irish R&D regime across industry sectors. He has significant experience dealing with Irish Revenue on all matters related to the Irish R&D tax credit regime, has lectured extensively on the subject, and published multiple articles.

Ian also leads EY’s Irish tax depreciation group, overseeing capital allowances advice and claims to Irish clients.

Commenting on the announcement, Mike McKerr, Country Managing Partner, EY Ireland said: “These senior appointments, alongside our recent office openings and jobs announcement, reflect our confidence in the Irish economy and ambition to further accelerate growth in the years to come. These Partner admissions create the next generation of leadership and enable teams to deliver exceptional service to an expanding client base throughout Ireland.”


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EY TP JobsHiro Furuya has joined the National Tax Department of Ernst & Young LLP with a brief to focus on Japanese Business Services and automotive sector.

Hiro is a seasoned transfer pricing professional with experience in complex advance pricing agreement, competent authority and transfer pricing audit cases with the IRS, National Tax Agency of Japan and other tax authorities.  He joins from McDermott Will & Emery where he was a managing director focused on transfer pricing since 2012. He had also been with Gardere Wynne Sewell where he lead transfer pricing practice for Japanese and automotive clients. Earlier, he was a founding member of PwC Tokyo’s transfer pricing group where he spent nine years developing its practice.

Furuya joins as a partner based in the Dallas office.