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Scott Paton, Global Tax Executive

CTO - Global Tax Executive

PHLLC Advisory
Wash DC / Baltimore Area, USA

Corporate Tax Consulting Services

Professional Summary

Tax Operations | International | Tax Structuring | Planning & Analysis
Global tax leader successfully developing and managing best-in-class tax functions within complex, high-growth, high-value, multinational organizations. Record of upskilling / developing tax functions, establishing a collaborative team-based approach, partnering closely with internal and external stakeholders to deliver sustainable high-value business, treasury, and tax solutions. US and International corporate tax expertise delivering on business objectives, embedding tax strategy in company imperatives. Results-oriented experiences in tax operations international tax, M&A, and planning in both corporate and "Big 4" public accounting firms. SEC listing experiences

• Successfully delivered tax efficient outcomes on $7B public to private transaction.
• Developed and Operationalized Transfer Pricing, Principal, and IP structures.
• Established Intercompany Cash Settlement and Treasury Control Policies.
• Favorably settled tax audits in multiple jurisdictions, including the US, UK, Germany India, and China.

Tax | Leadership Core Competencies:
• Tax Operations - Worldwide
• Tax Planning (US/ International)
• Cash / Effective Tax Rate Management
• Operationalizing Transfer Pricing
• Intellectual Property Planning
• R&D Cost Sharing
• SOX 404 Governance/Compliance
• SEC / ASC-740 Regulatory / Tax Reporting
• Collaboration / Team Building
• Audit Strategy and Defense

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Industry Experience

    • Industrial & Consumer Products
    • Healthcare - Life Sciences
    • Manufacturing, Distribution
    • Private Equity
    • Cloud Based Unified Communications
    • Hospitality / Retail Software - Hardware


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PHLLC Advisory
Wash DC / Baltimore Area, USA
CTO - Global Tax Executive
Corporate Tax Consulting Services
2024 - 2024
President – Managing Partner

Providing corporate tax, treasury, financial and international consulting / advisory services. Primarily serving mid-cap international and Fortune 1000 organizations.
Fortrea, Inc.
Wash DC / Baltimore Area, USA
VP - Head of Global Tax
CRO - Bio Pharma Medical Device Services
2023 - 2023
Chief Tax Person

Responsible for Tax affairs and leads all aspects of the global tax function including worldwide tax planning, strategy, and tax operations, ASC-740, international structuring, tax compliance & tax controversy. Developing, managing, and mentoring a Global Tax Operations model. Management and oversight of all external tax and legal service providers. Reporting to the CFO, effectively collaborating with cross-functional business unit leaders to drive Tax efficient business results. Establishing a 5 year bench mark tax forecast model to meet cash and ETR strategic initiatives.
W.R. Grace
Wash DC / Baltimore Area, USA
VP - Head of Global Tax
Specialty Chemical Manufacturing
2018 - 2022
Lead Tax Person

Led all aspects of the global tax function including worldwide tax planning, strategy, and tax operations, compliance & tax controversy, as well as tax M&A – International structuring/integration. Developed, managed, and mentored a team of 5 Direct Reports, collaborating with global finance teams. Oversight of all external tax service providers. Reported to the CFO, effectively collaborating with cross-functional businesses. Led buy-side and sell-side tax due diligence.
Algeco Scotsman Group
Wash DC / Baltimore Area, USA
VP - Head of Global Tax
2017 - 2018
Vice-President, Head of Global Tax (Interim Assignment)

Drove tax-effective strategic re-alignment of assets in a turnaround monetization scenario. Reported to CFO, collaborated with cross-functional business/leadership teams, including private equity ownership, operations, treasury, legal, accounting, and outside advisors. Successfully completed tax-efficient exit strategy.
BroadSoft, Inc
Wash DC / Baltimore Area, USA
Head of Global Tax
Cloud Based Unified Communications
2015 - 2016
Lead Tax Person Responsible

Upskilled Corporate Tax function
Prior to acquisition by Cisco.

Directed all aspects of the global tax function, managing internal and external resources. Restructured/upskilled the tax organization including hiring, developing, and coaching a team of 5 direct reports. Reporting to CFO.
Micros Systems, Inc.
Wash DC / Baltimore Area
VP - Head of tax
Software Development
2006 - 2015
Chief Tax Person Responsible

Restructured / upskilled the tax function, prior to the acquisition by Oracle.

Led worldwide tax function including global tax affairs, M&A, international operations, compliance, audit, and controversy management. Established well-respected team of tax professionals (2 in foreign locations). Prepared multi-year tax forecasts in a decentralized environment, while minimizing global cash taxes. Reported to CFO. Led buy-side and sell-side tax due diligence.
EY - Ernst & Young LLP
Wash DC / Baltimore Area, USA
Assoc Director Mid-Atlantic Tax Services
Assoc Director Mid-Atlantic Tax Services 2001 - 2002

Provided tax advisory services to fortune 1000 multinational companies across multiple industries. Advised clients on all aspects of managing the tax function.

Senior Manager – Tax Advisory Service 1989 - 1996

Provided tax advisory, planning, provision, and compliance services to fortune 1000 and high-growth multinational companies in the technology, manufacturing, and consumer products industries. Advised clients, implemented federal, multi-state, and international tax planning strategies, SEC/ financial reporting disclosures. Represented clients before the IRS and other tax authorities. Hired and trained staff, increasing technical competency while proactively implementing the firm’s people initiatives


BS, Business, Accounting 1988
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland, United States

Professional Certifications

Certified Public Accountant(CPA)

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