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.
Samuel 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.
Danny 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.
Ms. 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.
Roman Namyslowski has joined Crido Taxand in Warsaw to lead the Firm’s indirect tax practice. He joins from EY where he was an Associate Director.
Roman started his tax career in 1997 with Arthur Andersen, moving to EY in 2003. His fellow tax partners at Crido all followed this route as well.
Roman is a co-author of Poland’s first commentary on European Value Added Tax law, the author and co-editor of a commentary to Directive 2006/112, one of the most frequently-cited commentaries by Polish administrative courts concerning compliance of Polish regulations with European law as well as the author and co-editor of the definitive commentary on the VAT Directive from the perspective of Polish regulations and their compliance with EU law. He is also the author and co-editor of a commentary to the most extensive amendments to the VAT Act in effect since 1 January 2014, which was published in January 2013.
Manoj Mishra has moved from Grant Thornton India, where he was Associate Director, Indirect Tax, to be the new Practice Head for Indirect Taxes at Clasis Law.
Manoj has worked in industry (Daewoo Motors and Honda Siel Cars) as well as practice and has been with Grant Thornton for almost 7 years.
Clasis Law is a full service Indian law firm with 8 partners and offices in Mumbai, New Delhi and London.
Koch Industries has hired David Peeters to join the EMEA Indirect Tax team based in Luxembourg.
David joins from General Motors where he was European VAT Planning Manager for the past 2 years. Prior to this he worked for 7 years withe Deloitte in Belgium.
Koch are currently hiring into their indirect tax team in Luxembourg for a VAT Supervisor. More info can be found here
Vertex Inc., the leading provider of corporate enterprise tax solutions, has announced that Peggi Rockefeller, a seasoned tax professional with over 25 years of indirect tax experience, has joined the company as Chief Tax Officer, US Transaction Tax.
Rockefeller most recently served as the North American Director of Indirect Taxes for ABB Inc., a $38 billion, FORTUNE 500 company and leader in power and automation technologies that operates in 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people. During her over 18 years with ABB, she oversaw all facets of indirect taxation including the support of global strategic goals and M&A integration. Additionally, during her tenure Rockefeller was responsible for the successful implementation of Vertex(R) Indirect Tax O Series(R) software in conjunction with the company’s simultaneous conversion of 19 enterprise resource planning systems (ERP) into a single provider. A long-time customer and user of Vertex solutions, she is also a member of the Tax 2.0 community and recognized expert on US indirect/transaction tax policy, processes and audit issues.
Rockefeller joins a growing list of tax experts in Vertex’s Chief Tax Office, which also includes recently added Bill Brennan, Chief Tax Officer Chris Walsh, Chief Tax Officer, International, and Bob Norton, Chief Income Tax Officer. As Chief Tax Officer, US Transaction Tax, Rockefeller will provide the company insight and thought leadership around tax department operations, US indirect tax regulations and policies, and emerging tax industry trends.
“Peggi is a well-known and respected presence in the indirect tax industry,” said Jeff Westphal, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex. “Her experience managing indirect tax for a variety of industries, and for complex, multi-national corporations, provides Vertex with invaluable expertise both from a product and customer perspective and from an overall tax industry perspective.”
Prior to joining ABB Inc., Rockefeller served as the Manager of Tax Research and Planning for The BOC Group, now a part of Linde Group, a supplier of industrial, process and specialty gases with products and services in over 100 countries. She began her career in tax with Science Management Corporation, a U.S. based consulting firm.
Rockefeller holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting and Computer Science from The College of New Jersey. She is a frequent speaker at various tax industry events and is a member of the Institute of Professionals in Taxation, the Council on State Taxation (COST), and the Women’s Tax Executive Networking Group.