Deloitte has recruited a new financial services tax partner who will also head up the firm’s tax management consulting practice.
Deloitte names new tax management lead
Based in Brisbane, Patrick Grob will join Deloitte from the Suncorp Group where he was head of tax.
Deloitte Queensland tax leader Stuart Cioccarelli welcomed Mr Grob to the firm, saying his appointment confirms Deloitte’s commitment and strength in servicing the financial services market.
He brings an extensive understanding of tax within this market, in particular banking, superannuation funds, managed investment trusts and life insurance, Mr Cioccarelli said.
“As the lead for Deloitte’s national Tax Management Consulting practice, Patrick’s previous commercial experience in managing tax risks, financial transformation or integration projects, and the challenges of automating or enhancing tax reporting processes will undoubtedly be invaluable to our clients,” he said.
In his previous role at Suncorp, Mr Grob was responsible for all tax compliance, reporting and advisory obligations for the company in Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Grob said he is excited to join Deloitte, pointing to the group's strong reputation as a key reason for joining.
“The high calibre of professionals within the firm, its refreshing and forward-looking attitude, global reach and the ability to work with and influence a wide range of clients made the decision to join Deloitte very easy,” he said.
Mr Grob also said he was excited to lead the tax management consulting team at a time when strategic management of taxation issues is becoming increasingly important to organisations.
“A recent Deloitte study of over 1,000 organisations globally into the management of tax has shown tax decision-makers consistently rate quality and control of higher importance than other commercial drivers, such as cost and process efficiency.
“The ability to add value will become increasingly important over the next three years,” said Mr Grob.
“Tax transparency and board oversight is gaining additional attention in Australia and overseas by regulators, the media and shareholders. I look forward to working together with clients to determine their appropriate requirements in respect of tax risk and reporting requirements, but also help to deliver efficiency benefits through the use of technology and strategic alliances,” he said.
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