Patrick Grob resigns as Head of Tax at Suncorp to join FS team at Deloitte Brisbane
Deloitte has announced the appointment of Patrick Grob as a financial services tax partner. Based in the firm’s Brisbane office, he will also head up Deloitte’s Tax Management Consulting practice.
Grob observed that the strategic management of tax was 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. 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.”
Grob joins Deloitte from Suncorp Group where he was Head of Tax, responsible for all tax compliance, reporting and advisory obligations for the company in Australia and New Zealand. He has over 24 years’ experience within the financial services sector having previously also worked with Aviva in the UK and Norwich Union Australia.
Deloitte Queensland Tax Leader Stuart Cioccarelli commented: “We are delighted to welcome Patrick to the firm. He will be a great asset to the Brisbane team and his appointment confirms Deloitte’s commitment and strength in servicing the financial services market in Queensland. He brings an extensive understanding of tax within this market, in particular banking, superannuation funds, managed investment trusts and life insurance.
“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.”
Commenting on his reasons for joining Deloitte, Grob said: “The high calibre of professionals within the firm, it’s 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.”