Brett Whitcomb Joins Ryan as Principal to Lead New Insurance Tax Practice

DALLAS, Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ryan, a leading global tax services firm with the largest indirect tax practice in North America, today announced that Brett Whitcomb has joined the management team as Principal to lead the Firm's new Insurance Tax practice. Mr. Whitcomb will oversee a multi-disciplinary team of Ryan professionals providing multistate insurance premium, income, surplus lines, and self-procurement tax services, as well as insurance company compliance, dispute analysis, and global investigative services in regulatory inquiries, litigation, and Dodd-Frank matters related to insurance companies. In addition to his role as Insurance Tax Practice Leader, he will also be opening a new Ryan office in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Prior to joining Ryan, Mr. Whitcomb led the National Premium Tax Compliance practice for a national accounting firm, supporting Fortune 500 clients as the national contact for multistate insurance tax services. He has also worked in the tax departments of several major global corporations throughout his distinguished 30-year career, including nearly five years as Corporate Tax Director of a Fortune 100 insurance company. Mr. Whitcomb has achieved industry recognition as a strategic thought leader in insurance tax and is a regular contributor to Tax Analysts, a leading provider of tax news and analysis for 150,000 tax professionals in law and accounting firms, corporations, and government agencies. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Management Science from Tulane University Graduate School of Business, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from Fairfield University, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

"I'm excited to have a veteran insurance tax leader like Brett Whitcomb join our leadership team to launch our new practice and expansion into Hartford, Connecticut," said G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. "Our clients will benefit tremendously from Brett's strategic leadership and the added value that insurance tax services will bring to new and existing engagements."

"I look forward to driving rapid revenue growth for Ryan's Insurance Tax practice," said Mr. Whitcomb. "I am proud to join this premier team of tax professionals and help support Ryan's proven record of delivering superior client service and results."

About Ryan
Ryan is an award-winning global tax services firm, with the largest indirect tax practice in North America and the seventh largest corporate tax practice in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides a comprehensive range of state, local, federal, and international tax advisory and consulting services on a multi-jurisdictional basis, including audit defense, tax recovery, credits and incentives, tax process improvement and automation, tax appeals, tax compliance, and strategic planning. Ryan is a two-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan's multi-disciplinary team of more than 975 professionals and associates serves over 6,500 clients in 40 countries, including many of the world's most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at www.ryan.com.

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