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 He ran both tax & treasury functions until May 2015 and been replaced by Edward Jajeh.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. .
Florida based transportation company, CSX, has announced the appointment of a new leader of its tax function.
William “Rusty” Russell has been named vice president-tax and will report to Fredrik Eliasson, executive vice president and chief financial officer. The appointment will be effective from July 1.
Russell joined CSX in 1996 and has served in senior leadership positions within the finance and internal audit organizations. Previously, Russell was assistant vice president-tax compliance. He is a Certified Public Accountant who began his career with Price Waterhouse and AT&T before joining CSX. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University.
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products.
Elisa DiVito-Herpst has joined First Niagara Financial Group as Senior Vice President and Tax Director, reporting to Greg Norwood, the company’s Chief Financial Officer.
DiVito-Herpst comes to First Niagara with in excess of 20 years’ banking tax experience, most recently as Assistant Corporate Tax Director at KeyCorp. She also worked at Bank of America as the State Tax Manager, along with other tax positions at New England Electric System and Coopers & Lybrand, where her focus was financial institutions.
“We are pleased to welcome to the team someone with Elisa’s credentials and proven leadership ability. She is especially passionate about increasing opportunities for women, something we strive for at First Niagara,” Greg Norwood said.
DiVito-Herpst is a graduate of Bryant University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation. She is a certified public accountant and a member of the Financial Institution State Taxation (FIST) Coalition – a by-invitation-only organization – comprised of 17 financial institutions.
Marsh & McLennan Companies has announced that Dina Shapiro has been appointed Vice President, Head of Tax, reporting to Marsh & McLennan Companies Chief Financial Officer Mike Bischoff, effective March 30, 2015.
Ms. Shapiro will be based at Marsh & McLennan Companies’ corporate headquarters in New York City.
In this role, Ms. Shapiro will be responsible for financial reporting, project planning and development, global tax compliance, tax treatment of continuing operations, tax examinations, budgeting, and business planning. Ms. Shapiro will also advise the Executive Committee, Audit and Finance Committees, and the Board of Directors on tax-related issues.
Ms. Shapiro joins Marsh & McLennan from American Express, where she was Senior Vice President, Tax, with responsibility for tax planning, exposure management, tax compliance, and accounting since 2012. In that role, Ms. Shapiro additionally provided guidance on tax legislative and regulatory matters and business support with respect to all forms of income and non-income taxes. Ms. Shapiro joined American Express in 2010 as Head of International Tax.
“I am delighted to welcome Dina to Marsh & McLennan,” said Mr. Bischoff. “With her deep and wide-ranging tax experience, she will be an excellent addition to our leadership team.”
Prior to American Express, from 2006 to 2010, Ms. Shapiro served as Chief Tax Officer for GMAC, where she oversaw the tax department team comprising more than 60 professionals in six locations covering all GMAC businesses globally, including auto finance, mortgage operations, and structured finance. Prior to GMAC, Ms. Shapiro spent 11 years at Citigroup where she held numerous senior roles, including Senior International Tax Counsel and Deputy Head of Tax.
Ms. Shapiro received her undergraduate degree from State University at Binghamton, her law degree from Fordham University, and her LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.
PwC US has announced the addition of John Walker, who has joined the Denver office as a tax partner.
Walker will be focusing on the private equity, venture capital and banking sectors of PwC’s financial services practice.
Prior to joining PwC, he served as the vice president of tax at Reyes Holding, LLC and before that, he spent 21 years as a tax professional with KPMG, serving as a tax partner for 9 of those years. He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and an MBA in accounting from the University of New Mexico. Walker is a CPA licensed in Colorado and New Mexico.
GE has announced the appointment of three new Company officers. Effective January 1, 2015, GE will have 195 officers globally who lead large revenue-generating businesses or are in critical technology or functional roles, helping to drive growth.
Michael Gosk, 44, has been appointed vice president, global tax director for GE Capital.
Gosk joined GE in 2008 and has held a series of leadership roles in tax for GE Capital. Most recently, he served as GE Capital tax director. Gosk holds a master of laws in taxation from New York University School of Law and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut in Hartford, Connecticut.
Prior to joining GE Michael was a tax partner at McDermott Will & Emery and before that a partner at KPMG.