Dilpesh Topiwala TaxDilpesh Topiwala was promoted internally in January 2017 to the role of Global Head of Tax at Dematic.

Dilpesh has experience in both public accounting and industry service, with a specialization in the area of international corporate tax and cross border transactions.

Commenting to Tax Grotto, Dilpesh said “I am delighted to be promoted into this role leading Dematic’s global tax team on global tax projects as it embarks on a new era with KION Group AG, the new parent company of the Dematic operating unit.”

Patrice Bensaid TaxEurop Assistance (a global corporate operating in the care services sector) has hired Patrice Bensaid as Group Head of Tax, with effect from January 2017.

Mr Bensaid joins from Sage where he was Head of Tax Europe & Global Head of Transfer Pricing, a role he has held since 2011. Mr Bensaid has significant commercial tax experience. Prior to joining Sage in 2009 he was Group Tax Manager at Atos and before that worked in the tax team at ExxonMobil.

He is based at the headquarters in Paris.


Christopher Eberhardt TaxMaterion Corporation has announced some leadership changes in its finance function.

Effective January 1, 2017, Christopher E. Eberhardt has been named Vice President, Tax and Treasury.

Mr Eberhardt joined the Company in March 2012 as Vice President, Tax. In addition to his ongoing responsibilities for Materion’s global tax accounting and compliance requirements, Mr. Eberhardt has assumed leadership for the Company’s treasury function which includes management of its capital structure, risk management, credit, collections and cash management.

He reports to Joseph P. Kelley, Materion Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to joining Materion, Mr. Eberhardt served 20 years in leadership tax roles at Associated Materials LLC, Stoneridge Electronics and in the tax practice of Deloitte.

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Steve McDonnell Tax DirectorConcordia International (formerly AMCo) has hired Steve McDonnell as its new European Tax Director.

Mr McDonnell has significant commercial tax experience, having worked in-house since 1992. Most recently he was VP Tax at Schneider Electric and was also Head of Group Tax at Invensys PLC (prior to its acquisition by Schneider Electric).

Concordia International is an international pharmaceutical company focused on legacy medicines and orphan drugs. The company has a strong international footprint with sales in more than 100 countries and a diversified portfolio of more than 200 well-established off-patent molecules.

Steve Axler TaxConstellation Brands has recruited Steve Axler as VP International Tax.

Mr Axler joins from Halliburton (in Houston) where he was Director of Tax, responsible for Mergers & Acquisitions and Global Tax Planning. Earlier in-house tax experience includes working as Tax Counsel at CEMEX and then Smith International.

Jean-Olivier has joined ADEO as Group Tax Director.

In his new role he will be responsible for managing taxes globally. Adeo currently operates in 12 countries: France, Russia, Italy, Spain, China, Brazil, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Greece, Portugal and Cyprus. Jean-Olivier will be based in Lille and reports to Jean-Michel Barbier, Head of Legal and Tax.

Commenting to Tax Grotto on his move, Jean-Olivier said “I am delighted to join Adeo Group to support the group in its 12 countries of operation and its 90,000 employees. Adeo Group has the highest ambition and an exceptional vision.”

Jean-Olivier initially trained as a tax lawyer with Landwell & Associates (PwC) but has worked in industry since 2002, initially with Alstom, then Technip and for the past 6 years with Ipsos, where he was Group Tax Director.

ADEO is the leading DIY retailer in France and the third largest globally. ADEO has two sets of shareholders: the Association familiale Mulliez and the Group’s employees.

Convergex, an agency-focused global brokerage and trading related services provider, has announced that Anthony Taranto has joined as Managing Director and Head of Global Taxes.

In this new position, Anthony is responsible for overseeing Convergex’s tax functions, global tax planning and compliance requirements.  In addition, he will drive the firm’s global tax strategies to further support Convergex’s financial and strategic objectives. Anthony will report to Frederick Arnold, Convergex’s Chief Financial Officer.

“We are fortunate to add Anthony to Convergex’s leadership team as his financial industry experience and background will assist Convergex with aligning its tax strategy to business development opportunities and long-term strategy initiatives,” said Eric W. Noll, Convergex President and CEO.  “As Convergex’s market share continues to grow, Anthony will assist our finance and accounting teams with our global tax strategy and policy implementation,” said Noll.

Anthony Taranto joins Convergex with over 25 years of experience in tax and accounting best practices in the financial services industry.  He most recently served as Managing Director, Head of Tax, at Neuberger Berman and was previously a Managing Director, Co-Global Head of Tax for Lehman Brothers.  Anthony currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Wall Street Tax Association. A licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Anthony earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from Fordham University and his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from New York University.

Uber has recruited Bo Iversen into its global tax group.

Mr Iversen was formerly with UCB, where he has worked for the past 5 years. He joined UCB as VP Tax in 2010 but since 2014 he had additional responsibilities for both Treasury and Risk Management.

In his earlier career he held senior international tax roles at JT International, Stryker and Ideal Standard International.

Mr Iversen is based in Brussels but his new role has a global remit, focusing on tax policy and tax legislation. He will work closely with Tony Maggiore, Uber’s Global Head of Tax, who joined the company 12 months ago.

The pair have worked together before (from 1998 to 2000), when Mr Iversen was Senior Tax Manager at Japan Tobacco International SA and Mr Maggiore was VP Tax.