Gordon 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
KPMG 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.”
Ryan has announced the Firm’s continued expansion across Europe with the opening of a new office in Paris, France.
Jean-Paul Ouaksel has joined Ryan’s management team as a Principal to lead the new French practice and support the Firm’s European growth. Mr. Ouaksel will direct the delivery of value added tax (VAT) recovery, advisory, and compliance solutions, as well as an integrated suite of international tax, transfer pricing, and tax technology solutions to multinational clients operating throughout France.
Mr. Ouaksel has more than 25 years of VAT, tax audit, and law experience supporting global corporations across every major industry sector. Prior to joining Ryan, he served as National Head of Indirect Tax for EY and as Global Indirect Tax Director for a Sanofi-Aventis. For the past 4 years he has run his own tax practice.
He is President of the VAT commission of the MEDEF, the main professional federation defending the positions of French companies to create and maintain favorable conditions for development and competitiveness. He is also one of three French VAT experts appointed by the European Commission to be a member of the VAT expert group in Brussels.
“Ryan already provides tax services to leading global companies operating in France, and the addition of Jean-Paul Ouaksel will provide experienced leadership to drive our continued growth in this emerging market,” said Brendan F. Moore, Ryan President of Europe, Asia-Pacific, 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 across Europe.”
“Jean-Paul Ouaksel is an industry-recognized French tax professional and we are excited that he has joined our European management team,” said G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. “We will continue to acquire the very best international tax talent to lead our continued geographic expansion and support our client demand in countries all over the world.”
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
The Salisbury office of Smith & Williamson has promoted Brigitte Potts (pictured left), a long-standing member of staff.
Brigitte, a keen networker and well known to the Salisbury business community, has been with Smith & Williamson for almost 13 years. She specialises in VAT and has been promoted to associate director.
Susan Shaw, managing partner of the Salisbury office said: “We have been expanding the department and this is recognition of the increase in the amount of work Brigitte and her VAT team are doing for us.”
MHA MacIntyre Hudson has announced the appointment of Damon Wright, Director of VAT Services, to its growing tax team.
Damon has 20 years experience in Indirect Tax and VAT having worked as an HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Senior VAT Inspector and in both industry and practice. He joins MHA MacIntyre Hudson from Grant Thornton.
As a specialist in Indirect Tax for International trade, covering international supply chains for the supply of goods and services, Damon also advises on the differing interpretations and applications across the EU Member States as well as the Indirect Tax regimes outside of the EU. Furthermore, he has extensive experience in advising Aviation, Tour Operator and Travel Agent clients. He is a member of the HMRC/Treasury VAT working parties for both TOMS and the Place of Supply of Services.
Damon says: “I’m really looking forward to leading the MHA MacIntyre Hudson indirect tax services for international trade as well as within the firm’s specialist travel and tourism team.”
Rakesh Shaunak comments: “Damon’s specialist experience is a real asset to the firm and will be invaluable to our international and travel clients at all stages of their business life cycle.”
RSM Tenon has announced the appointment of Duncan Stocks as Director and Regional Head of VAT for the South of England, covering regional offices including Basingstoke, Southampton, Reading, Swindon and Bristol.
He joins RSM Tenon after three years at Ernst & Young in Reading, having started his career at HM Customs & Excise (HMRC) in 1990.
Duncan has significant expertise in helping clients manage complex VAT issues arising in their dealings with HMRC, improving VAT efficiency, controls and compliance. He is also has extensive experience in dealing with foreign territories and assisting with supply chain related matters and cross border transactions.
Paul Belsman, Head of Tax for RSM Tenon said: ‘Duncan has a strong background and a wealth of experience in dealing with complex VAT issues, and will be a real asset to our team in the south and ultimately our clients. I am delighted to have him on board.’
Duncan Stocks said, ‘RSM Tenon is focused, fast growing and has energy that is addictive. It appealed to my sense of teamwork and competitiveness and has a clear growth strategy.’
KPMG in the UK has appointed Michael Camburn as an Indirect Tax Partner where he will focus on KPMG’s betting, gaming and technology practice.
Mike Camburn has 17 years experience in indirect taxes, having worked across a number of sectors, in particular, the betting, gaming, technology and information sectors.
He joins KPMG from Ryan Tax Services (UK), where he was the Managing Director of its London office. There, he directed and managed a number of multi-jurisdiction tax projects for clients that operated in the technology and telecoms hardware sectors, where he worked with cross-jurisdictional teams in order to implement tax related software solutions for clients.
Richard Hathaway, Head of Travel, Leisure & Tourism at KPMG, said:
“I’m very pleased to welcome Mike to KPMG. Our Travel, Leisure & Tourism practice is a dynamic part of our business and we are investing substantially in key business areas such as betting and gaming. As a senior tax professional, Mike’s experience and skills will play an important part in driving forward our ambitious growth plans for this sector and will help expand out technical and advisory capabilities into different areas.”
Mike Camburn, said:
“I am delighted to be joining KPMG, at a time when the indirect tax landscape in the betting and gaming sector continues to evolve with new challenges and opportunities for our clients and for their customers; in particular, those presented by the growth of online media distribution channels coupled with developments in technology continue to present a number of dynamic opportunities. As this market continues to mature over the next few years, I hope to continue to further develop KPMG’s existing betting and gaming practice.”