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Ryan Promotes Five New Principals and New Vice President to Leadership Team

Press Release Apr 22, 2010

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 Janet Askenburg, Rick Blattner, Brian Burdett, Lori Johnson, and Robert Sheehan have been promoted to Principal, and that Brooke Keene has been promoted to Vice President of Operations. The addition of these six seasoned tax professionals to Ryan’s leadership team represents another milestone in the Firm’s continued growth.Ryan Promotes Five New Principals and New Vice President to Leadership Team Janet Askenburg will serve as Ryan’s Principal-in-Charge of the Boston, Massachusetts office and focus on providing Northeast clients an integrated suite of tax services that leverage each of the Firm’s major tax practice areas. Janet joined the Firm in February 2007 and has been a top performing business development executive, articulating the Ryan vision and value proposition to major corporations across North America. Janet serves as Vice Chairman of the Economic Development Commission in the town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts and is also an elected member of Chelmsford’s School Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida.Ryan Promotes Five New Principals and New Vice President to Leadership Team Rick Blattner is based in the Chicago, Illinois office and specializes in transaction tax, telecommunications tax, and credits and incentives consulting services for the communications industry. Rick joined the Firm in June 1999 and has been a key member supporting the high-velocity growth of the Telecommunications Tax practice, providing innovative tax strategies and best practices that have saved telecommunications companies across the United States millions of dollars. Rick is a member of the Broadband Tax Institute and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT), and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.Ryan Promotes Five New Principals and New Vice President to Leadership Team Brian Burdett is based in the Dallas, Texas office and specializes in transaction tax, gross receipts tax, and telecommunications tax consulting services for the communications and media industries. Brian joined the Firm in September 2001 and has been instrumental in Ryan’s growth in revenue, client service, and market share within the communications industry. Brian is a member of the Broadband Tax Institute and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT). He has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance, as well as a Master of Science degree in Finance, both from Texas Tech University.Ryan Promotes Five New Principals and New Vice President to Leadership Team Lori Johnson is based in the Dallas, Texas office and specializes in providing multi-jurisdictional transaction tax services to clients in the defense, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing industries. Lori joined the Firm in September 1997 and has been very influential in the ongoing development of Ryan’s industry-leading tax professionals, sharing her knowledge and expertise as the Chairperson of Advanced Training and Orientation for the Ryan SALT Development Program. As Chairperson, Lori was responsible for the administration and development of Ryan’s continuing education and new employee orientation training in state and local tax issues, ensuring Ryan professionals continue to lead the industry in tax knowledge and innovation. She is a member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) and has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, as well as a Master of Science degree in Accounting, both from the University of North Texas.Ryan Promotes Five New Principals and New Vice President to Leadership Team Robert Sheehan will serve as Ryan’s Principal-in-Charge of the Providence, Rhode Island office, specializing in state income and franchise tax solutions and strategies. Since joining Ryan in July 2008, he has played a pivotal role in the growth of the Firm’s State Income and Franchise Tax practice and has served as a member of the Ryan Professional Development Committee, responsible for internal tax technical training. Robert is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Rhode Island and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT), and the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA). Robert is also the founding sponsor of the Rhode Island/Southeast Massachusetts State and Local Roundtable. He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting, as well as a Master of Science degree in Taxation, both from Bryant University.Ryan Promotes Five New Principals and New Vice President to Leadership Team Brooke Keene joins the leadership team as a Corporate Officer and Vice President of Operations based in the Dallas, Texas office. Brooke joined Ryan in August 1998 and has been a key member of the Firm’s unique and innovative Quality Assurance Program, leading the only fully dedicated quality assurance team in the industry focused exclusively on the high-quality delivery of tax consulting services. Brooke is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Texas and a member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT). She has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, as well as a Master of Science degree in Accounting, with an emphasis in taxation, both from The University of Texas at Dallas.Ryan Promotes Five New Principals and New Vice President to Leadership Team "Our continued growth and commitment to providing unparalleled tax services to businesses across North America and Europe have provided our team of tax professionals opportunities for advancement that are unmatched in the tax services industry today," said G. Brint Ryan, CEO and Managing Principal of Ryan. "We’re extremely proud to reward these hard-working professionals for their expertise in 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 ryan.com.

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