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.
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.
The National Bank of Abu Dhabi has hired Mahesh Lakhani as Head of Tax Management for the MENA, Europe and Americas regions. He starts this new role on Monday 1st February and will split his time between London and Abu Dhabi.
Mahesh is a highly-regarded financial services tax specialist in the UK. Most recently he was London Head of Tax at National Australia Bank, but he has held leadership roles at KBC, Credit Suisse and Commerzbank.
David Peach has joined the Fortive Corporation to assist in its demerger from the Danaher Corporation and look after the ongoing tax affairs of its EMEA entities.
He joins from Next plc, where he has been Group Tax Manager for the past 5 years.
Fortive will be a $6 billion, Fortune 500 company – to find out more visit their website.
Bjorn Schuurmans has joined NNS Capital as VP Corporate Affairs, Tax and Structuring. He sits within NNS Capital ( a London-based financial advisory firm) but is also General Manager of NNS Luxembourg, which is where he is based.
Mr Schuurmans is a tax lawyer by training, having started his career with KPMG in Rotterdam. He worked in-house with Kuwait Petroleum from 2008 to 2013 and was Head of Tax of the international group when he left. For the past 2 years he has been Global Head of Tax at OCI NV, operating between Amsterdam, London and Houston.
He is replaced at OCI NV by Diederik de Jonge van Ellemeet, who has been promoted from his previous position as Tax manager Europe.
Mr de Jonge van Ellemeet spent his earlier tax career with EY, working in London, Tokyo and Amsterdam, before joining OCI NV in November 2014.