Alan W. French

Senior Director, Tax

Broadcom Corporation
Irvine, California, USA


Professional Summary

I am currently a Senior Director in the tax department of Broadcom Corporation (a Fortune 500 company). I have been there 7 years with overall responsibilities include overseeing the Company's World-wide tax provision, maintaining the Company's $1.4B FIN48 reserve, oversee the Company's foreign tax provisions for more than 50 statutory financial statements, review of the Company's federal and state tax compliance, as well as over 50 foreign tax returns. Oversee the handling of the federal, state and foreign tax controversies and maintenance of the worldwide tax structure. Broadcom has participated in over 54 acquisitions of which the last 12 acquisitions (largest acquisition was $3.7B) I was personally involved with. This includes Avago Technologies acquisition of Broadcom on 2/1/16. Besides being involved with the purchase accounting and due diligence on the acquisitions, I have participated in §382 studies for ownership changes, transaction cost analysis, APB23 computations and earnings and profits calculations. I was the tax coordinator on the Company's change from its business application software from PeopleSoft to SAP and implemented OneSource as the Company's tax provision software. Legacy Broadcom managed to a 1.8% effective tax rate.
Prior to Broadcom, I enjoyed a 26 year public accounting career.I was a Tax Partner at McGladrey (2 yrs), Tax Director at Deloitte (10 yrs), Tax Director at Ernst & Young (10 yrs) and Tax Senior at Coopers & Lybrand (3 yrs).

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May 5


Broadcom Corporation
Irvine, California, USA 92620
Senior Director, Tax
2010 - Present
Oversee Legacy Broadcom Tax Department (9 people)
Oversee Worldwide Tax Provision-Emphasis on Domestic and International Provision and maintenance of $1.4B FIN48 Liability. Compliance of
US, State and Foreign Tax return compliance (approximately 80 returns in 40 countries). Oversee the handling of the federal, state and foreign tax controversies. Maintenance of worldwide tax structure.
Special Projects include:
Transaction Costs Analysis, Section 382 studies, tax planning and research. Due Diligence and Purchase Accounting (12 acquisitions in last 6 years; 54 acquisitions overall). Earnings and Profits study for US and International Companies in coordination with APB23 position and tax return/dividend computations. Tax coordinator for SAP systems implementation (conversion from PeopleSoft, 2014-2015). Implementation of OneSource tax provision software. Simplification of Tax Provision Process. First to file 10K for Fortune 500 Companies. Managed a 1.8% effective tax rate with Legacy Broadcom.
Irvine, California, USA 92620
Tax Partner
Public Accounting Firm - Big Four
2008 - 2010
Lead Tax Partner servicing Multi-National Technology, Retail, Software Companies in Orange County and Silicon Valley. Also National Tax-West of the Mississippi ASC 740 Specialist.
Costa Mesa, USA
Tax Director
Public Accounting Firm - Big Four
1988 - 2008
Lead Tax Person on all my accounts. Experience includes Hi-Tech, Software and Health Care Public Companies. Services included everything from tax compliance, tax provisions, tax controversies, special projects, tax planning and research.
Ernst & Young
Irvine, USA
Tax Director
Public Accounting - Big Four
1988 - 1998
Tax Director on large consolidated companies. Experience includes Hi-Tech, Media,
Entertainment, Sports, and Banking. Services included everything from tax compliance, tax provisions, tax controversies, special projects, tax planning and research.
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Los Angeles, California, USA 90067
Tax Supervisor
Corporation - Publicly-Held
1988 - 1988
Oversee Corporate and Partnership Tax Returns. Assist on Tax Provisions.
Coopers & Lybrand
Los Angeles, California, USA
Tax Senior
Public Accounting Firm - Big Four


MBT, Taxation 1987
Golden Gate University
Los AngelesUnited States
3.8 GPA
BS, Accounting 1984
California State University Northridge
Northridge, California, United States
3.6 GPA overall

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