Increasing Value with a Tax Department COO

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Meet The Speakers

Rob Wentland
Leader, Navigant
Leslie Fox
Global Tax Chief Operations Officer, HP Inc.
Phil Murphy
Leader, Spencer Stuart's Tax Executive Search Practice


This program is sponsored by Navigant.


Join us for a program in which Leslie Fox, Philip Murphy and Rob Wentland discuss the prevalence, skills and benefits of a Tax Department Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) and common obstacles to implementing this dynamic function. The panelists will discuss:
• The role of a Tax Department COO
• The incremental value of a Tax Department COO 
• Commonly asked questions about adding a Tax Department COO 
• Previews of a survey to systematically collect data to study the prevalence, skills and benefits of a Tax Department COO

The elevated profile and scrutiny of tax department leadership is arguably at an all-time high. Increased reputation risk of domestic and international tax policies is spawning new inquiries from the Investor Relations, Public Relations and General Counsel’s offices. New international disclosure requirements are broadly expected to increase controversies. M&A, global expansion and general business growth increase the volume of data, multiply the complexity of intercompany arrangements and increase tax department compliance requirements.

The number of spinning plates is daunting but compliance, tax reporting and disclosure timelines remain inflexible.

In some cases, headcount, technology, and outside resources are added to address the increased responsibilities and controversies. Alternatively, the additional burden falls to existing resources. In the midst of this whirlwind, tax department leadership is asked to think strategically, retain the best performers and foster an engaging workplace.

Join us to discuss how the Tax Department COO can help address the challenges facing, and aspirations of, tax department leadership.

Educational Objectives:
• The prevalence of Tax Department COOs today
• Desired skills of a Tax Department COO
• The drivers leading to an increase in Tax Department COOs
• Tangible benefits from adding a Tax Department COO 
• Common obstacles to implementing the Tax Department COO position

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
• Chief Tax Officer (CTO) / Chief Tax Counsel
• Directors of Tax (or similar role with tax department leadership responsibilities) 
• Chief Financial Officer or Director of Finance
• Tax Department operations leaders

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Rob Wentland, Leader, Navigant

Rob Wentland leads Navigant’s Tax Controversy practice – a group that has worked with multinational taxpayers for over 25 years in the largest tax disputes in US history, including such notable matters as the Veritas, Medtronic and Amazon US Tax Court trials. Rob has also helped multinationals to maximize the value of Chief Operating Officers within the General Counsel’s office and is passionate about replicating that function and value within the Tax Department. Rob obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Leslie Fox , Global Tax Chief Operations Officer, HP Inc.

Leslie Fox serves as the Global Tax Chief Operations Officer for HP Inc.’s global tax function, a department with over 100 tax professionals worldwide. She is responsible for all technology initiatives, process improvement opportunities, project management and liaisons with multiple organizations across Finance, IT and HR. She also serves as the Finance Site Leader in the Plano office, planning various training and volunteer events. Leslie has over 15 years of experience in tax technology with a concentration in transaction taxes and data warehousing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University.

Phil Murphy, Leader, Spencer Stuart's Tax Executive Search Practice

Phil Murphy leads Spencer Stuart’s Tax Executive Search practice and has recruited over 175 executives for leading organizations throughout the world. Much of Phil’s work has been concentrated in the tax function for clients such as Aramark, Avon Products, Barnes & Noble, Corning, Endo, Hyatt Hotels, Las Vegas Sands, Target, Whirlpool, BorgWarner, Solera Holdings, ITT Corporation, Mead Johnson, MSCI, Atmel, Technicolor, WABCO, Amcor, Advance Publications, Getty Images, IMG Worldwide, Axalta Coating Systems, CUNA Mutual, Barnes Group, Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, and others.

Phil obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar.