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GSK hires Gordon Randall as Global Head of VAT

On September 28, 2015, in GSK, KPMG, by Chris Bale

GSK tax jobsGordon Randall has joined GSK this month as their Global Head of VAT. Gordon will be based from the Head Office at Brentford in the UK.

Gordon was formerly a director in KPMG’s UK indirect tax practice, he has over 16 years’ experience providing VAT advisory services to a broad range of international clients, across most sectors.

His role typically involved helping design strategies, policies and processes in order to manage risk and realise VAT savings and operational efficiencies. This included both absolute indirect savings (P&L) as well as cash-flow saving through detailed understanding of the Purchase to Pay and Order to Cash cycles and the impact indirect tax can have on working capital.

He was also part of KPMG’s tax efficient supply chain management (‘TESCM’) practice, a multi-disciplinary team consisting of tax and advisory specialists who focus on helping business consider business transformation projects in both a commercial and tax efficient manner.

Gordon left KPMG in March 2015 to enjoy a career break for 6 months, so he joins GSK fully refreshed ! Hat tip: BLT

tax leadership jobsKPMG has appointed Karen Witton as the South Region Chair with effect from October 1. She succeeds Phil Cotton.

Karen has worked at KPMG for over 10 years and was promoted to vat partner in 2011. She currently leads the UK VAT compliance team and leads all VAT services in the South. In her new role she will steer KPMG’s 1,000 strong team across 5 offices: Bristol, Reading, Plymouth, Southampton and Cardiff.

Karen commented: “Under Phil Cotton’s chairmanship, KPMG in the South has enjoyed rapid growth and I’m looking forward to working closely with colleagues in all five of our regional offices to ensure that we build on this impressive progress.”

Indirect Tax Jobs in WashingtonErnst & Young LLP announced today that Executive Director of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) Joe Huddleston has joined as an Executive Director in the firm’s National Indirect Tax group.

“Joe’s broad range of high-level government experience, coupled with his work on high-profile commercial business transactions, will be especially valuable to clients with US state tax controversy matters as well as the entire government services sector,” said Jeffrey Saviano, Director of Indirect & State and Local Tax Services, Ernst & Young LLP.

Huddleston served as Executive Director of the Multistate Tax Commission for 10 years. In that role, he interacted regularly with the commissioner of revenue for almost every state to coordinate and administer programs such as the MTC’s audit and voluntary disclosure programs. During his tenure, Huddleston led a number of uniform law initiatives and recently introduced a significant transfer pricing program that has the potential to transform state corporate income tax audits. Before joining the MTC in 2005, he was a national state and local tax partner at Grant Thornton. He has also served as the Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Revenue and as CFO for the Metropolitan Government of the City of Nashville and Davidson County.

In 2012, Huddleston received the award for Outstanding Achievement in State and Local Taxation from New York University. He was named by Tax Analysts as one of the top 10 individuals who influence state tax policy and practice in 2011. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Political Science, earned his J.D. from the Nashville School of Law, and was awarded the Doctor of Laws degree from the University of South Carolina.

He is a nationally recognized speaker, a founding trustee of multiple tax forums and serves on various advisory boards for state and local tax issues. Huddleston is based in EY’s Washington, DC office.

Ernst & Young LLP announced today that former Counsel Multistate Tax Affairs at the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB), Carl Joseph, joined the firm as a principal in the Indirect and State and Local Tax practice.

“Carl’s deep experience and vast tax knowledge will make him an invaluable resource to our team and in assisting our clients, particularly with tax controversy and multistate tax issues,” said Jeff Saviano, principal, Ernst & Young LLP, and leader of the Indirect, and State and Local Tax practices.

At the FTB, Joseph was responsible for coordinating multistate tax policy issues, authored legal rulings and regulations concerning multistate tax law, and represented the FTB in significant multistate appeals before the Board of Equalization and in trial and appellate court proceedings.

Joseph joined the FTB in 1997 as a staff attorney in the Multistate Tax Law Bureau of the Legal Division where he worked in all facets of multistate taxation, including unitary business theory, apportionment, combined reporting and water’s edge combination. He was promoted to Assistant Chief Counsel in 2009, and was appointed Counsel—Multistate Tax Affairs in 2012. He has authored regulations concerning multistate tax law, including Regulation 25137(c)(1)(A) addressing the sales factor treatment of occasional sales, and Regulation 25137-14 addressing the apportionment rules for mutual fund service providers. Joseph has provided technical and drafting expertise to the state legislature on multistate tax issues and has testified on matters of tax policy.

He earned a BA in economics from University of California and a JD from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Caterpillar tax jobsAbhishek Shah has joined the global tax team at Caterpillar, as VAT/GST Lead for the Asia Pacific region.

He has relocated back to Singapore, where he had earlier worked for the Accenture Global Tax Team, to join the Tax & Trade team of Caterpillar, taking over the role of Asia Pacific VAT/GST lead.

Abhishek joins at a time when the region is witnessing fundamental indirect tax changes at the moment:  Malaysia will introduce GST next year and China is gradually replacing a Business Tax regime with a Value Added Tax. India is likely to follow soon with the new progressive government taking charge.

Caterpillar has been growing rapidly in the region and having experienced resources in-house suits the organisation tax strategy. Abhishek will report into Colin Ager, who is the global head of indirect taxes and a veteran at Caterpillar. Abhishek’s role will supplement the business initiatives of the company from a tax risk perspective and put in place control mechanisms to ensure that the tax compliance is managed well.

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Property tax jobsSamuel Kinslow has joined EY’s National Tax Department as an Executive Director for Indirect Tax Services.

He is located in the Houston office, taking the role of property tax leader for the Southwest region.  He joins EY from Grant Thornton where he has worked since 2011. He began his career as a real estate appraiser, and was a real estate tax manager for Walmart Stores from 2002 – 2006 before joining tax advisory firms, gaining property tax experience.
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Ingersoll Rand Indirect Tax JobsDanny Vermeiren as worked as an indirect tax specialist with Ingersoll Rand since 2009. This month he has been promoted from Manager to Director of Global Indirect Tax Transformation.

He will be based from Brussels.

Danny started his career with PwC specialising in indirect tax. He spent 4 years with Loyens as a Senior Associate and then moved into industry with Ideal Standard International, where he was Director of Indirect Tax.


Ryan has announced that Maria Menzel has joined the management team as a Principal to lead the Firm’s continued international expansion into Central and South America.

ryan indirect tax jobsMs. Menzel will drive sustained growth of the Latin American practice and direct the delivery of value-added tax (VAT), international income tax, transfer pricing, and tax technology services to multinational clients operating throughout the region.

Ms. Menzel has more than 25 years of indirect tax experience in Latin America and Europe. Prior to joining Ryan, she launched and managed the successful growth of Latin American practices in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru for KPMG . She also has held indirect tax roles for another major national accounting firm and a Fortune 50 multinational corporation.

Ms. Menzel is an active member of the Latin Chamber of Commerce, arranging for regular economic and cultural events to promote inward investment into Latin America. She is an international author of articles related to indirect tax and lectures on tax for the Master of Business Administration course at ETH Zürich, which is ranked among the top universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pedagogy from St. Carlos Grammar School in Argentina and studied Law at the University of Belgrano in Argentina.

“Ryan already provides tax services to leading global companies operating in Latin America, and the addition of Maria Menzel will provide experienced leadership to drive our continued growth in this emerging market,” said Brendan F. Moore, Ryan President of Europe, Asia, and Latin America Operations. “The trust that Ryan has earned by delivering superior results for these multinational clients drives our commitment to rapidly expand our footprint in Latin America.”

“Maria Menzel is an established Latin American indirect tax professional, and her leadership will ensure that our global clients operating in the region have access to a more comprehensive suite of tax solutions for improving profitability and cash flow,” said G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. “We will continue to acquire the very best international tax talent to support our client demand in countries all over the world.”

Also joining Ryan (in Mexico) is Jesus Ricart, who was a Director with KPMG Mexico specialising in indirect taxes.