Ernst and Young LLP Appoints New Business Tax Services Leader

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New York, 26 July 2012 – Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce that Jeff Smith has been appointed Americas Director of Business Tax Services (BTS) for the firm. Smith brings strong credentials gained over the last 27 years providing corporate tax services to firm clients. He succeeds David Helmer, who has assumed the role of Global BTS Leader for the EY organization after having led the Ernst & Young LLP BTS practice since its inception in 2007.

Smith has a long history with Ernst & Young LLP. Most recently, he transferred from Chicago in 2010 to become the East Central BTS Leader, and subsequently he was given the additional responsibility of the Greater Washington Tax Market Leader. Smith has previously served as the Midwest Sub-Area BTS Leader and led the Midwest Federal and Tax Operations practices. He also served as the Tax Operations leader in the Midwest, helping small, mid-size, and Fortune 500 companies develop and refine their tax function. While a Tax Account Leader, Smith focused on a variety of private equity firms and their portfolio companies, and he co-developed a niche group that grew to become a successful combined audit/tax practice.

“Jeff will draw on his deep client experience to help develop and deliver leading BTS services that will enable our teams to serve our client's business tax needs,” said Kate Barton, EY Americas Vice Chair of Tax Services. “Over the years, Jeff has demonstrated his impressive leadership skills and we welcome him to his new role.”

Smith earned an MBA from Michigan State University and a BA in Business Administration from Alma College.

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