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.
Daniel Bork has been appointed as Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Revenue.
“I’m pleased that Daniel Bork has accepted this important position within the Finance Cabinet,” said Gov. Bevin. “His expertise in the tax field will serve the Cabinet and the Administration well.”
Bork recently retired as Vice President of Tax for Lexmark International, Inc., a $3.7 billion global technology company. He was responsible for worldwide tax matters, including compliance, planning and strategy to ensure favorable tax rates and improved cash flow.
“I am honored and humbled to serve Gov. Bevin, Sec. Landrum and the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Bork. “I look forward to serving with all the other talented people in the Department of Revenue.”
Bork became Vice President of Tax in May 2001. He joined Lexmark in 1996 as Director of Tax after nearly 20 years of experience in U.S. and international tax matters. He previously was Senior Director of Tax for Cray Research Inc. in Eagan, Minn. He also held various senior-level positions with Coopers & Lybrand, L.L.P. in Minneapolis, including Director of International Tax Services.
Bork has previously served two six-year terms on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, where he held several different positions. Bork has also served as President of the Kentucky Chapter of the Tax Executives Institute as well as on the Board of the Tax Executive Institute at the national level. He currently serves on the Board and the Executive Committee of Leadership Kentucky and serves as their Investment Committee Chair and on the Board of Visitors for the Martin School of Public Policy at the University of Kentucky.
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.