Deloitte has announced that Matt Ellis is the new managing partner for tax in the UK and Switzerland. He assumes the role from Andy Hodge, who has led the practice for the past five years and is retiring from the firm.
Matt Ellis has held a variety of positions in Deloitte, including in regional offices in Southampton and Reading as well as London. Most recently he led Deloitte UK’s global employer services business (GES) and served as talent leader for tax.
David Sproul, Senior Partner and Chief Executive of Deloitte, said:
“I am delighted to announce Matt as our new managing partner for tax. Matt has been a great leader of our global employer services practice and I am sure that he will bring the same leadership and focus to his new role as head of our tax practice.
“I also want to thank Andy Hodge for the great leadership he provided as managing partner for tax over the past five years.”
Matt Ellis said:
“I am thrilled to be taking on this role and feel extremely privileged and humbled to lead such a tremendous business at this crucial time. The tax environment has changed rapidly over the past few years. Technology and data analytics are playing an ever greater part in taxation, as compliance is now digital and HMRC continues to develop new systems. The UK is also at the forefront of legislating the agreed actions from the G20/ OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project and there are major changes for employers and individuals too.
“I look forward to working with our talented teams across the country as we help clients understand, navigate and comply with these complex changes and build and grow our practice.”
The National Bank of Abu Dhabi has hired Mahesh Lakhani as Head of Tax Management for the MENA, Europe and Americas regions. He starts this new role on Monday 1st February and will split his time between London and Abu Dhabi.
Mahesh is a highly-regarded financial services tax specialist in the UK. Most recently he was London Head of Tax at National Australia Bank, but he has held leadership roles at KBC, Credit Suisse and Commerzbank.
Bjorn Schuurmans has joined NNS Capital as VP Corporate Affairs, Tax and Structuring. He sits within NNS Capital ( a London-based financial advisory firm) but is also General Manager of NNS Luxembourg, which is where he is based.
Mr Schuurmans is a tax lawyer by training, having started his career with KPMG in Rotterdam. He worked in-house with Kuwait Petroleum from 2008 to 2013 and was Head of Tax of the international group when he left. For the past 2 years he has been Global Head of Tax at OCI NV, operating between Amsterdam, London and Houston.
He is replaced at OCI NV by Diederik de Jonge van Ellemeet, who has been promoted from his previous position as Tax manager Europe.
Mr de Jonge van Ellemeet spent his earlier tax career with EY, working in London, Tokyo and Amsterdam, before joining OCI NV in November 2014.
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.