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.
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
EY announced today the appointment of Jay Nibbe to Global Vice Chair for Tax, leading more than 35,000 tax professionals around the world. He chairs EY’s Tax Executive Committee and continues his role as a member of EY’s Global Executive, the organization’s highest management body.
Nibbe, who joined EY in 1985, was most recently the Chair of EY’s Global Accounts Committee and Deputy Area Managing Partner for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA). Nibbe also previously served as Americas Vice Chair of Tax and Americas Tax Managing Partner.
He takes charge at a time when tax is commanding more attention in the C-suite and in the boardroom. These executives increasingly understand how getting tax right is critical to growing successfully in the global economy. EY’s network spans more than 140 countries, providing clients with the right approach, specialization and resources to address all of their tax needs, both globally and locally.
Nibbe remains actively engaged in client services, and continues to work as a senior advisory partner to several clients.
Prior to his leadership roles in the Americas, from 1995 to 1999, Nibbe was based in Moscow where he led Tax in the Commonwealth of Independent States for four years, developing EY practices in Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Ukraine.
Nibbe received an Accounting and Finance degree from Minnesota State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Taxation from the University of Minnesota.
Tina Webster has joined Berkeley Group Holdings Plc as their Head of Tax. She will be based from the Cobham head office.
Tina joins from IG Group, where she has been Head of Tax since Feb 2012. Prior to this she was Head of Group Tax at Taylor Wimpey. Tina trained with Arthur Andersen and PwC before moving in house with Taylor Woodrow in 2004.
She has a wide range of commercial and international tax experience, covering:
- Cross border tax efficient financing
- Intangibles planning
- M&A tax structuring and due diligence
- Transfer Pricing
- VAT and GST
- FS operational taxes
- CFC planning
- Tax dispute resolution and litigation
- Tax strategy management
- Tax reporting and compliance
PwC US today announced that Jim Brewer will relocate from Los Angeles to Phoenix to become the office’s tax partner-in-charge.
Brewer has extensive experience serving companies of all sizes with tax planning advice, merger and acquisition reviews, organizational and restructuring advice, tax controversy and dispute resolution, cash tax optimization solutions, accounting method services, due diligence assistance and tax compliance services.
Brewer received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a CPA, licensed in the states of Arizona, California and Nevada.
Muntajat has hired Mohamed Faysal Charfeddine as its new Head of Tax. Mohamed will be based in Doha.
Mohamed started his career with Ernst & Young in Tunisia in 2003. He progressed to Manager before moving to KPMG Oman. In 2011 he joined MTN in Dubai as Group Tax Manager where he managed the tax affairs of 11 subsidiaries in Africa and the Middle East.
Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company (Muntajat) Q.J.S.C. holds the exclusive rights to market, sell and distribute Qatar’s chemical and petrochemical products to the global market.
Aligned with the goal of Qatar National Vision 2030 to develop a competitive and diversified economy, Muntajat serves as a gateway for the State of Qatar’s chemical, polymer and fertiliser exports by consolidating all marketing and distribution efforts under a single entity to meet the needs of customers worldwide.
Elandre Brandt is joining WWB as Head of Corporate Tax with effect from 1 July 2014.
Mr Brandt is a partner within the international tax group at PwC Johannesburg. He has been with the firm for just under 3 years. Prior to this he was a Senior Tax Manager with Deloitte.
Commenting to Tax Grotto on his move, Mr Brandt said “I look forward to joining Webber Wentzel (in alliance with Linklaters) on 1 July 2014 and returning to my legal roots after 12 years in the Big 4 environment. Webber Wentzel is a leading law firm in South Africa and its tax practice is highly regarded, with some of the best practitioners in the business. I look forward to making a contribution to the firm.”
Ferdie Schneider is leaving KPMG in Johannesburg to join BDO as their National Head of Tax. He will be starting later in the summer.
Ferdie is a highly regarded VAT specialist and Economist. He was Chief Taxation Officer at SARS until 1994, when he moved to the Treasury Department as Senior Economist. In 1997 he joined Deloitte and was a partner when he left in 2003 to pursue personal interests. Ferdie resurfaced in 2005 at KPMG, where he has been a partner for the past 9 years.
His focus is on Value-Added Taxation (VAT), providing clients in all economic sectors with a variety of services such as tax technical opinions; facilitation of tax specific workshops; conducting tax reviews to ensure compliance with the law and optimisation of allowances. He has a keen interest in VAT on financial services and was part of a Ministerially appointed VAT on financial services committee in the 90′s which resulted in a widening of the South African VAT net.
In 2010 he formed a VAT Credit Retail focus group in conjunction with SARS which investigated the VAT implications in that specific sector, looking specifically at VAT apportionment and issues such as securitisation, direct attribution, etc. He is currently part of the Insurance VAT committee which is looking into the VAT issues in the insurance industry. He is also a member of SAICA’s VAT Committee. Ferdie has been very involved with the VAT legislative changes requiring foreign electronic service providers to register for SA VAT purposes where the law deems consumption to take place in SA.