Jay Leibowitz has joined Andersen Tax this month as Managing Director in the Orange County office.
Jay will be joining the Commercial Practice specializing in federal tax. He has over 30 years of experience serving corporate clients, specifically with tax planning, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions including due diligence reviews, tax accounting methods and accounting for income taxes. Jay has experience in serving both multinational, publicly-traded corporations as well as private businesses.
Prior to Andersen Tax, Jay was the Vice President of Tax at DaVita Healthcare Partners in Seattle, a position he has held since June 2013. Before that, he was a Tax Partner at Deloitte in Los Angeles for over 25 years. At Deloitte, Jay was responsible for serving a diverse corporate client base and providing consultation regarding tax issues such as multistate and international planning.
“Jay has experience in a large number of industries, such as healthcare, financial services, entertainment, technology, manufacturing, and retail. His tremendous track record will be a great asset to our clients as they look for solutions to achieve their mission,” said Los Angeles Office Managing Director, Bill Amon. “I am excited about the excellent communication and leadership skills that Jay will bring, along with his commitment to providing exceptional service.”
Walter Nagel has returned to his commercial roots this month, becoming Chief Tax Officer for the media giant Gannett (which boasts USA Today as one of its publications).
In his new role he will be responsible for U.S. and international tax policy, tax compliance, tax planning, tax controversy and tax accounting. The group has major interests in the US and UK.
Mr Nagel started his career with TWA in a finance role, specialising in tax in 1983 when he joined AT&T. In 1986 he moved to MCI Corp where he progressed to VP and General Tax Counsel.
In 2004 Mr Nagel joined Sullivan & Worcester, moving to Reed Smith in 2010 as a tax partner. For the past 3 years he has been a tax partner at Crowell & Moring.
Flipkart, the leading Indian ecommerce marketplace, has recruited Pramod Jain as a VP and Head of Tax.
Mr Jain joins from Indus Towers, which is a $2.5bn turnover JV between Vodafone, Airtel and Idea. In his earlier career he was Head of Tax at Dell Computers India (2003-2008), then a Tax Partner with Ernst & Young (2008-2009), before joining Xerox India as Head of Tax (2009-2010). Since 2010 he has led the tax function at Indus Towers.
JLT Specialty Insurance Services, a U.S. subsidiary of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc has announced the appointment of Andrew Pelzer as Vice President.
Pelzer will be based in New York where he will be an integral part of the Transaction Advisory Practice at JLT Specialty USA.
Pelzer brings to JLT Specialty USA more than five years of legal and tax experience in M&A and private equity transactions. In his role, Pelzer’s primary responsibility will be on the structuring and placement of tax insurance products and solutions for both corporate and private equity clients. Pelzer’s responsibilities will also include advising on the TAP’s other products, including Representations and Warranties insurance, litigation insurance and other products designed to de-risk M&A transactions.
“We are very excited to announce Andrew’s appointment and welcome him to the JLT Specialty USA family,” said Michael Rice, Chief Executive Officer of JLT Specialty USA. “We are thrilled to have such tremendous talent join our team.”
“Andrew’s vast experience with tax issues in M&A and private equity transactions, the structuring of investments in Loss Corporations and his deep knowledge of corporate and partnership tax issues, will be an immediate asset to JLT Specialty USA and our clients,” added John McNally, Senior Vice President, Transaction Advisory Practice at JLT Specialty USA. “We look forward to Andrew’s continued success as he begins his new role within our team.”
Pelzer comes to JLT Specialty USA from Weil, Gotshal and Manges where he served as Tax Associate for more than four years, advising clients on more than 100 separate M&A transactions in a variety of industries including technology, real estate, health care and insurance.
This announcement comes as JLT Specialty USA continues its strategy in expanding its core capabilities in the key industry specialty areas of Aerospace, Construction, Energy, Entertainment and Hospitality, Private Equity, Real Estate and Technology. In addition, JLT Specialty USA also has expertise in the key product specialty areas of D&O, Cyber, E&O, Credit, Political and Security Risks, Environmental and Transactional Liability.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced that Peter R. Rapin will join the company as vice president and treasurer. He will report to Laura K. Thompson, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Rapin most recently served as vice president, treasury and tax for TRW Automotive (now part of ZF Friedrichshafen AG) where he directed the global treasury, tax, insurance, and pension functions.
“We are pleased to welcome Peter to the Goodyear team,” said Thompson. “He is an accomplished finance executive with extensive treasury experience, an in-depth knowledge of the automotive industry and a proven leadership track record in corporate finance.”
Prior to joining TRW in 2003, Rapin spent eight years with Engelhard Corp., a specialty chemical company, where he served as treasurer from 1998 to 2003 and assistant treasurer from 1995 to 1998. He began his career at Westinghouse Electric Corp. in 1981 where he held various senior treasury positions.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and a Master of Business Administration degree from Duquesne University.
Rapin will succeed Thomas Kaczynski who has served as Goodyear’s treasurer since January 2014. Kaczynski is leaving the company for another opportunity, effective August 28, 2015.
Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 67,000 people and manufactures its products in 50 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry.
Dropbox has recruited Joel Edelmann as their new Global Head of Tax, effective June 2015.
Joel trained with KPMG but since leaving in 1988 he has worked only in industry – Amoco, then BHP Billiton and then Accenture where he was Tax Director for 9 years.
In 2011 Joel moved to Yelp, before the company’s IPO in March 2012. He ran both tax & treasury functions until May 2015 and been replaced by Edward Jajeh.
Online reviews company, Yelp, has recruited Edward Jajeh as their new Head of Tax. He will be based in the Head Office in San Francisco and reports to the CFO, Rob Krolik.
Edward joins from Riverbed Technology, an IT application performance company, where he has worked since 2007 as VP Tax, managing a team of 8 tax professionals.
In his earlier career he worked as Senior Tax Counsel at Chevron (2000 to 2007) and a tax manager at Deloitte (1996 to 2000).
Mr Jajeh replaces Joel Edelmann (whose title at Yelp was Senior Director Tax & Treasury). Joel has now joined Dropbox as Global Head of Tax.
Dan Russo has joined Purdie Pharma as Tax Officer with responsibility for all tax matters, including business development tax structuring.
Dan most recently was Vice President Tax, Americas for Diageo; Tax Director for ITT Corporation; and Tax Counsel at Xerox Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from Rutgers University, a JD from Boston College Law School, and an LLM in Taxation from Boston University Law School.
Purdue Pharma and its associated U.S. companies are privately-held pharmaceutical companies known for pioneering research on chronic pain. Headquartered in Stamford, CT, Purdue is engaged in the research, development, production, and distribution of both prescription and over-the-counter medicines and hospital products. .