NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kathi Metter, a nationally recognized authority with over 25 years' experience in international tax, has been named Director of Learning and Education at WTP Advisors, a global tax and business advisory firm. Mettler is also an Assistant Professor of the Practice teaching at Fairfield University, and formerly led PwC's international tax learning and education program.
"We are privileged to have Kathi join WTP. She has a rare talent that blends the international tax technical skills of a Big Four director, with a natural aptitude for teaching complex material, and is the perfect choice to head our training programs," says Michael Minihan, co-founder and partner at WTP Advisors.
Mettler was drawn to WTP Advisors because of its distinctive business model that ensures each client project is staffed with more senior leaders than junior staff.
"Unlike the Big Four, at WTP, there are no learning curve costs that are passed to clients, and this precept mirrors the value that I place on the importance of relationships. It is connections and trust that help give clients' comfort that WTP is the best advisor for their needs in that they want to create a long-term relationship that is more of a partnership, instead of merely a service provider relationship," says Mettler.
In addition to teaching, Mettler will also engage in client service projects, as well as business development at WTP Advisors.
Kathi, while at PwC, was responsible for international tax L&E curriculum, which was a part of PwC's overall training curriculum that was ranked #1 in Training Magazine's annual Training Top 125 list for 2008, 2009 and 2010. At WTP, she will develop a new curriculum for professional staff that all tax associates will complete. Unlike previous training, this curriculum will be activity-based instead of lecture-based, and will follow the life cycle of how a typical client grows its business and expands.
"With Kathi on board, we're ensuring that we continue to enhance our trainings, furthering our evolution of the best training for our staff, and raising their level of value added to clients," says Minihan.
Women in Consulting
Kathi will also have a role in developing WTP's Women's group. Her experience running the Women's Network Circle in the Stamford CT office of PwC for several years has bolstered her belief that successful firms will be the ones that best leverage the women in their organization.
"Today, women account for more than fifty percent of all college graduates. The glass ceiling is crumbling. There are still roadblocks but every woman should operate as if everything is possible, and I'm proud that WTP is focused on ensuring the firm is a place where women can succeed at the highest levels," says Mettler.
In fact, to further its mission to be a 'best place to work,' WTP Advisors recently unveiled new HR policies to enhance work/life balance for female employees, including unlimited vacation dates and unlimited maternity/paternity days.
About Kathi Mettler
Kathi has twenty-four years of Big Four public accounting firms experience and one year of Industry experience in international tax planning and consulting, plus three years of teaching experience. Previously, Kathi was a Director in the International Tax Services Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in the Stamford, CT and Chicago, IL offices, as well as, a Manager in the Chicago, IL and Boston, MA offices of Ernst & Young LLP (E&Y). Her areas of particular expertise have been planning involving international reorganizations, timing and effect of repatriation of foreign earnings, U.S. tax implications associated with foreign tax credit relief and subpart F issues, tax-efficient use of debt and planning using holding companies and related financing vehicles. She has led cross-discipline teams in implementing complex Integrated Global Structures. Kathi also led the Women's Networking Circles group at PwC to foster collaboration, support and acceleration of Women in Leadership positions.
Kathi holds a Master of Science in Taxation from The University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Birmingham-Southern College. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Massachusetts and Connecticut. She is a member in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and International Fiscal Association (IFA). Kathi served as the National Director of the International Tax Services' Learning and Education within PwC. Kathi is a frequent speaker on international tax topics. She is the Treasurer for the Westchester, NY/Connecticut IFA organization.
WTP Advisors is a leader in tax and business advisory services for a global marketplace. Our highly skilled professionals equipped with years of industry experience, coupled with our cutting-edge technologies, make substantive and long-term differences to an organization's profitability. WTP Advisors is headquartered in White Plains, New York, with offices across the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
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