Accountancy firm RSM has promoted Melanie Reed to national head of corporate tax. Her base will continue to be Bury St Edmunds. This is impressive stuff from Ms Reed, who was still a senior tax manager at Grant Thornton in 2012.
Jim Meakin, RSM’s UK head of tax commented:
‘I would like to welcome Melanie into her new role as our UK head of corporate tax where she will have a crucially important role as part of our tax leadership team. She has a great deal of experience of advising businesses both in the UK and internationally, and I have no doubt her leadership will increase and further develop our existing corporate tax offering at this exciting time for RSM.’
Ms Reed has over 15 years’ experience advising companies and their shareholders on various taxation matters with clients ranging across all sectors and all sizes. She has always worked in the East Anglia region, training with Grant Thornton and then Ernst & Young before returning to Grant Thornton in 2004. In 2012 she joined an independent firm, Scrutton Bland, as Tax Partner, before joining Baker Tilly in 2014.
In her new role she will lead and further develop RSM’s national corporate tax offering.
Tax Grotto has had a look at Ms Reed’s linkedin profile, and it appears that she was ahead of her time. In the current climate there is much discussion about whether Firms should be hiring straight from school instead of looking purely at graduates. Ms Reed left school in 1997. She joined Grant Thornton in 1997. No mention of a degree. Well played.
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EY has announced that Lucia Hlongwane will be joining the Firm as Africa Tax Leader. She will also become a member of the Africa Executive.
Lucia joins from the Barclays Africa Group where she has been Group Head of Tax since 2013. Prior to this she worked at Shell as Africa Head of Tax.
She is joint president of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals and is a Tax Committee Member of Business Unity South Africa.
The current Africa Tax Leader, Jim Deiotte, will retire from the US firm at the end of the year.
Mark Walters has joined BDO in London as a tax partner and head of the expatriate tax service line. His role is to build and deliver bespoke advisory private client and entrepreneurial taxation services for American, UK and other nationals.
Mr Walters is very well known within the expatriate tax world. He was an equity tax partner with leadership responsibilities at Arthur Andersen and remained with Deloitte for a year post-transaction. In 2004 he joined the specialist and highly-regarded tax boutique Frank Hirth, where he worked until earlier this year. He became the first Managing Director of Frank Hirth’s business in 2008, leading strategy and development from London office. He then moved to New York in April 2014 to develop further the idea of a transatlantic approach to client service. He built a structured business development approach to multi disciplinary services within Frank Hirth and with other professional partners; primarily law firms, private banks and other wealth and financial management professionals.
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Flipkart, the leading Indian ecommerce marketplace, has recruited Pramod Jain as a VP and Head of Tax.
Mr Jain joins from Indus Towers, which is a $2.5bn turnover JV between Vodafone, Airtel and Idea. In his earlier career he was Head of Tax at Dell Computers India (2003-2008), then a Tax Partner with Ernst & Young (2008-2009), before joining Xerox India as Head of Tax (2009-2010). Since 2010 he has led the tax function at Indus Towers.
Deloitte has recruited a very senior tax professional in Péter Gerendási, who joined the Firm in Budapest on September 1.
Peter has held several leadership roles with PwC. He was Head of Tax in Hungary from 1995 to 2001. In 2002 this role was expanded and he led tax services for the entire Central and Eastern European region, comprising 29 countries. During this period he grew revenues to $150 million.
In 2007 he was promoted again to be CEO of the Firm’s Russian practice and in 2012 he relocated to Melbourne office to lead the Asia Practice.
Thomas Butler has resigned from Grassi & Co. Mr Butler has lead the tax service line at Grassi & Co in Jericho/NYC since July 2013. He joined Janover last month as Senior Tax Partner.
Mr Butler has had extensive and broad-ranging tax experience, having worked as a consultant and in-house. He left KPMG Peat Marwick in 1986 as a Senior Tax Manager to move in-house, joining Reliance Group Holdings as VP Tax, where he stayed for the next 14 years. In 2000 he returned to the accountancy profession, joining Grant Thornton as a Tax Partner and head of the Long Island Tax Practice. After almost 12 years at Grant Thornton he moved to Grassi & Co.
Norton Rose Fulbright has announced the appointment of Marcin Matyka as a partner and head of its Polish tax practice. Marcin joins from DLA Piper in Warsaw where he led the tax team.
Marcin is an experienced advocate and tax adviser. He predominantly advises clients on strategic and international tax projects, in particular relating to income tax and tax proceedings. He also assists clients on issues relating to white collar crime, PPP structures and intellectual property.
He is joined by lawyers Monika Poteraj and Grzegorz Gole?, and advocate trainee, Anna ?aszczuk. The team is also looking to further expand in the coming months.
Dominic Stuttaford, head of tax, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Brazil comments:
“Our European team has grown in the last twelve months and Marcin’s wealth of experience in international matters will add further depth to our multinational offering to clients. Marcin’s work across a range of sectors is also a great fit with our industry strengths.”
Piotr Strawa, the managing partner at Norton Rose Fulbright’s Warsaw office, said:
”We are delighted to welcome Marcin Matyka and his team aboard who are held in extremely high regard by industry and clients alike. We look forward to working together to further develop and expand the practice in the coming months.”
Marcin Matyka said:
“My practice has a focus on the energy, financial institutions and pharmaceutical sectors, which have great synergy with Norton Rose Fulbright’s strengths. I look forward, along with our team, to contributing to and strengthening our capabilities in Warsaw.
Marcin’s appointment follows the recent addition to the tax team of Bart le Blanc, a partner in Amsterdam. Norton Rose Fulbright’s global tax practice comprises over 50 partners. The team advises in all areas of commercial and international taxation and on complex, high-value transactions and structuring spanning a wide range of industries and jurisdictions.
National Australia Bank has hired Mahesh Lakhani. Mahesh joined NAB in July and will initially lead the UK tax team.
Mr Lakhani is a highly experienced banking tax professional. In his early career he worked with JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Enron. He was London Head of Tax at Commerzbank from 2001 to 2005 and then a Director at Credit Suisse from 2005 to 2008, where he focussed on Front Office tax support. Most recently he was Head of Tax at KBC Financial Products, running teams in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and New York.
Commenting on his new role Mahesh said “I am delighted to join National Australia Bank in London. There is a fantastic global tax team and I am looking forward to being a key member of the team and adding value to the NAB group.”