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Ryan Promotes Melissa Drennan to Chief Legal Officer

Press Release May 04, 2016

Dallas, TexasRyan, an award-winning global tax services firm, today announced that Melissa Drennan has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. Ms. Drennan will lead the strategic direction of the Ryan Legal department, as well as the day-to-day operations, including acquisitions, contract review, corporate governance, litigation, compliance, and intellectual property matters.

Ms. Drennan previously led the legal division of a Fortune 50 publicly traded corporation and also served as deputy general counsel for several high-growth tech-sector companies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from Southern Methodist University. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and serves in leadership roles with the Association of Corporate Counsel and the General Counsel Forum, where she also served as the Dallas Chapter President.

“We are fortunate to have a distinguished law professional of Melissa’s caliber join the Ryan senior leadership team to help guide our continued global growth,” said G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. “Her expertise providing strategic legal solutions to key business issues will help ensure that we deliver steady and profitable revenue growth while maintaining the highest levels of client service and satisfaction.”

“In addition to her competence and experience, Melissa’s solid people leadership and facilitation skills bring great value to the Firm,” said Delta Emerson, President of Global Shared Services at Ryan.

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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