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Ryan Adds Three New Principals to Leadership Team to Support Growth and Continued Expansion

Press Release Nov 24, 2009

Dallas, Texas -- Ryan, the leading tax services firm in North America, with the largest transaction tax practice in the United States and Canada, today announced that Andrew K. Hammons, Clara Kippes, and Charles B. Rewis have joined the Firm’s leadership team as Principals. The addition of these three seasoned tax professionals to Ryan’s leadership team represents another milestone in the Firm’s continued growth and market leadership.

Andrew K. Hammons recently joined the Firm as a Principal and will launch a new office in Seattle, Washington to support the Firm’s rapidly expanding portfolio of premier Fortune 1000 clients operating in the Northwest region of the United States. Mr. Hammons was formerly the Senior Tax Executive for Cbeyond Inc., a $400 million publicly traded company, where he built and led the tax and regulatory functions to support the company’s Initial Public Offering. Mr. Hammons is very involved in tax policy and legislative public affairs matters at both the federal and state level and has held several key tax executive positions, including Director of Global Tax Operations for a national accounting firm. He has been providing federal, state, and local tax services to clients across multiple industries for more than 20 years and has earned an Executive MBA from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Accounting from The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Clara Kippes has been promoted to Principal in the Dallas office. Ms. Kippes joined the Firm in January 1999 and specializes in transaction tax services. She has been instrumental in Ryan’s growth in revenue, client service, and market share within the retail industry and has represented many of the top U.S. retailers with sales and use tax audits and reviews. Ms. Kippes was a member of the team that pioneered Ryan’s internal training program and has been actively involved teaching various sessions since. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Finance from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation.

Charles B. Rewis has been promoted to Principal in the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Rewis joined the Firm in 2006 and specializes in providing multi-jurisdictional income and franchise tax services for corporations in numerous industries, including manufacturing, telecommunications, retail, and for-profit healthcare. He is one of the founding members of Ryan’s Multistate Income and Franchise Tax practice and has extensive experience in corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions services, tax refund review studies, and audit defense. Mr. Rewis is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Taxation degree from Georgia State University.

"Our continued growth and commitment to providing unparalleled opportunity have allowed us to attract the most talented individuals in the industry to support corporate tax leaders across North America and Europe, and our success has created opportunities for advancement that are unmatched in the tax services industry today," said G. Brint Ryan, CEO and Managing Principal of Ryan. "We are delighted to add Andrew Hammons to our leadership team and have him lead our new Seattle office. We’re also extremely proud to reward hard-working professionals like Charles Rewis and Clara Kippes for delivering industry-leading customer satisfaction and results to our portfolio of premier Fortune 1000 clients."

About Ryan

Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest Firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multijurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is an 11-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 multidisciplinary team of more than 4,700 professionals and associates serves over 29,000 clients in more than 75 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at


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