EY Announces New Managing Partner in Seattle

Seattle, 3 April 2017

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Tim Tasker Succeeds Dan Smith as Seattle Office Leader, Overseeing 600+ professionals

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Ernst & Young LLP has announced the appointment of Tim Tasker as Managing Partner of its Seattle office. Tasker will be responsible for maintaining high-performing client-serving teams, developing EY’s people, fostering a strong culture of exceptional client service, and furthering strong relationships with community, government and business leaders in Seattle. 

Tasker has over 27 years of experience providing audit services to public and private companies, including extensive experience working with entrepreneurs and multinational growth companies and their leadership teams. He has worked with some of the most recognizable technology and life sciences companies in the Pacific Northwest and around the world, and has led several successful IPOs, mergers and acquisitions and debt financings. Tasker succeeds Dan Smith, who will focus exclusively on the firm’s Seattle-based market-leading technology client before he retires in 2018, after 38 years with the firm.

“Tim has always been an exceptional leader and a trusted advisor for his clients and colleagues,” said Ernst & Young LLP West Region Managing Partner Kay Matthews. “I am confident that he will build on the contributions of his predecessors, and that our professionals, our clients and the Seattle community will greatly benefit from his deep experience, knowledge and commitment to living our purpose of building a better working world.”

During his tenure at EY, Tasker also has served as the Program Director for Entrepreneur Of The Year® in the Pacific Northwest, which has honored innovative trailblazers such as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Scott Allan of Hydro Flask, Spencer Rascoff of Zillow, Inc., Renee and Carl Behnke of Sur La Table and Dara Khosrowshahi of Expedia, Inc.

In addition to his leadership at the firm, Tasker is passionate about helping young people prepare for and succeed in the global market through entrepreneurship education and financial literacy. As a Junior Achievement of Washington Board Member, he regularly mentors young entrepreneurs to encourage innovative thinking, equip them with new skills and help bring their business ideas to life.

“It’s truly an exciting time to take on this role and to lead the firm’s Seattle practice. The entrepreneurial community and the financing environment are flourishing here, and the strength of our technology ecosystem is palpable. I look forward to leading our more than 600 professionals with purpose, vision and a deep commitment to exceptional client service,” said Tasker.

Tasker lives in Issaquah with his wife and two children. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and he is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in Washington and California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Seattle practice

Ernst & Young LLP has more than 600 people in its Seattle office who serve a diverse client base of innovative and entrepreneurial companies spanning the retail and consumer products, technology, life sciences, distribution, insurance and manufacturing industries. Ernst & Young LLP is a market leader in Washington, serving eight of the state’s 10 largest public companies based on revenue. The firm celebrates the successes of the Pacific Northwest’s entrepreneurs through its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® program, founded in 1986.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

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