Lee Watkins of Atlanta joins EY’s National Tax Department as an Executive Director in Business Tax Services, focused on Energy & Utilities.
Watkins brings both corporate and professional services experience to help clients design proactive financial management and tax strategies. Most recently, she spent two years as vice president at PowerPlan, Inc. where she consulted with electric and gas utilities and other energy companies, particularly with regard to tangible property regulations.
She spent the previous 10 years with Southern Company. In addition to her role with several energy and real estate tax departments, she has worked at several accounting firms including Arthur Andersen and Deloitte & Touche.
Bingham sees yet more departures with tax partners Hartman Blanchard (pictured) and Bradford Whitehurst leaving.
There is a connection between the two, because they both came from McKee Nelson, which merged with Bingham in 2009. Interestingly, they have both moved in-house – perhaps a sign of frustration with the law firm model ?
Hartman is now Head of US Federal Tax Controversy (Exec Director) at Morgan Stanley, having joined the bank last month.
Brad has joined Energy Transfer in Dallas as Executive VP, Head of Tax. Energy Transfer is a Texas-based company that began in 1995 as a small intrastate natural gas pipeline operator and is now one of the largest and most diversified investment grade master limited partnerships in the United States. Brad sits within one of the 4 publicly traded partnerships, Energy Transfer Equity.
Other tax partners who have left Bingham recently include Matthew Schnall and Daniel Nelson.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has announced that it has appointed Talha A. Zobair, vice president, Tax. Zobair will report to James F. Palmer, corporate vice president and chief financial officer.
“I am pleased Talha is joining the Northrop Grumman business management leadership team,” said Palmer. “He is a proven leader in our industry and in the tax field. We look forward to his contributions to our company’s performance.”
In his new role, Zobair will lead all tax initiatives across the company, including the implementation of tax strategies; research of complex tax issues; compliance with all international, federal, state and local regulatory filings; analysis of tax legislation and provision of tax-consulting services to the company’s business sectors.
Zobair joins Northrop Grumman from the Raytheon Company, where he was senior tax counsel and director of global taxes. He was previously a tax attorney at Alcoa, where he worked on federal and state tax matters, and also worked in the state tax area for Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
Glatfelter has announced key leadership changes in their corporate headquarters located in York, Pennsylvania. Amy Wannemacher is promoted to Vice President of Tax, and Ramesh Shettigar has joined Glatfelter as Vice President and Treasurer. These executives will report to John Jacunski, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
In making this announcement, Mr. Jacunski said, “These leadership changes continue to build upon the foundation of talent within the Finance function to meet the growing demands of the business. I am pleased to announce Amy’s promotion as she is a well respected leader who has built an effective global tax team that has executed tax strategies designed to create value for our stakeholders. Equally, I am delighted Mr. Shettigar joins our Company, as he brings a diverse and strong global treasury background to execute our financial strategies, support the growth of the business and generate value for our shareholders.”
Ms. Wannemacher brings over 20 years of global tax leadership and expertise to her assignment. Ms. Wannemacher joined Glatfelter in 2005 as the Director of Tax. Prior to joining Glatfelter, she worked for Dentsply International Inc. for 14 years in a variety of senior tax roles. Ms. Wannemacher earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Shepard University. She is a member of Tax Executive Institute, Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity & Innovation – Tax Council and American Forest & Paper Association – Tax Resource Committee. Active in the community, she serves as a Director of the York County United Way.
As Vice President and Treasurer, Mr. Shettigar will assume responsibility for Glatfelter’s treasury functions, with responsibilities for global cash and debt management, pensions, insurance, risk management as well as capital markets activity. This includes the effective development of key relationships with our banks and rating agencies.
Glatfelter is a global supplier of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered materials, offering innovation, technical expertise, and world-class service.
CSM Corporation had announced the promotion of Gene Bowar.
As Vice President of Tax, Bowar will oversee 60 separate tax reporting entities, including oversight of income tax and sales tax. The announcement accompanies Bowar’s 10 year anniversary with the company.
Prior to the promotion, Bowar served as Director of Tax, using his expertise to structure CSM acquisitions to minimize tax liabilities and improve operating margins. His 26-year career includes extensive experience consulting medium-sized businesses on tax, financial and accounting requirements. He joined CSM in 2004 after 17 years as principal at LarsonAllen, a top 20 public accounting firm.
About CSM Corporation
Founded in 1976, CSM Corporation company develops, owns and manages places where people work, visit and live through the acquisition, development, leasing, management and ownership of quality real estate assets. CSM’s expansive reach in the commercial retail, office and industrial, multi-family residential, and hotel properties across the United States includes more than 100 properties for a combined 10 million square feet of commercial space, 38 hotels throughout the United States totaling more than 5,400 rooms through the subsidiary, CSM Lodging, and more than 3,000 apartments in nearly 20 complexes.
The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR) has promoted T. Scot Stottlemyre from assistant vice president capital accounting to vice president international tax. He will report to KCSR senior vice president and chief accounting officer Mary K. Stadler.
Mr. Stottlemyre replaces vice president international tax James Byrd who has retired. Mr. Stottlemyre joined KCSR in 2006 as tax manager, was promoted to tax director a year later and has spent the last two years as assistant vice president capital accounting. Before joining KCSR, he worked in the tax areas at Sprint and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He is a certified public accountant and holds a master of accountancy from the University of Missouri, where he graduated with honors.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE:KSU) is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is KCSR, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Michael Tobin, formerly vice president – tax for Vertis Communications, has joined Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE), as director of tax.
Carl Schmidt, Lee vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, said Tobin will lead all aspects of tax planning and compliance spanning the company’s local media operations in 22 states.
“Mike brings an impressive record of leadership and achievement in managing the continually growing complexities of federal, state and local tax requirements, and we’re delighted to gain his extensive expertise.” Schmidt said.
Before joining Vertis Communications in Maryland in 2007, Tobin was tax director at Banta Corporation in Wisconsin. Both are international commercial print and supply companies. He joined Banta in 1994 after 11 years as a senior tax officer at General Dynamics Corporation in St. Louis. His career includes accountant positions in St. Louis, Kansas City and Ireland. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas.
Lee Enterprises is a leading provider of local news and information, and a major platform for advertising, in its markets, with 46 daily newspapers and a joint interest in four others, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 300 specialty publications in 22 states. Lee’s newspapers have circulation of 1.2 million daily and 1.6 million Sunday, reaching nearly four million readers in print alone. Lee’s websites and mobile and tablet products attracted 25.6 million unique visitors in December 2013.
Kaman Corporation today announced that Michael J. Lyon has been appointed to the position of Vice President – Tax, reporting to Robert Starr, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Lyon succeeds John Lockwood in the position and joins Kaman from Gerber Scientific, a manufacturer and worldwide distributor of integrated automation equipment and software, where he served as Vice President – Corporate Tax. At Gerber he was the senior tax executive responsible for worldwide transaction planning, transfer pricing, accounting for income taxes, tax compliance and supervision of tax audits.
Prior to joining Gerber, Lyon was Tax Director for Lydall, Inc., a diversified manufacturer with operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Before assuming his role at Lydall, he was Tax Manager at Deloitte Tax, LLP and prior to that, Director of Taxation at the Top-Flite Golf Company and Sr. Tax Manager at Dexter Corporation. He also previously served as Tax Manager at Coopers & Lybrand and Senior Accountant at Downey, Sweeney, Fitzgerald & Co.
“Mike brings an impressive range of domestic and international experience in the tax area, and I know he will play a critical role in Kaman’s future,” stated Starr. “His demonstrated record of success supervising tax functions in multinational corporation settings as well as public accounting make him a valuable addition to the Kaman team,” he added.
Lyon received his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar shortly after his graduation. He is a CPA and earned his B.S.B.A. in Accounting from Western New England College. Mike and his wife reside in Springfield, Massachusetts.