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Ryan Names Four New Members to the Firm’s Board of Managers

Press Release Nov 21, 2022

Ryan Names Four New Members to the Firm’s Board of Managers

DALLAS (Nov. 21, 2022) – Ryan, a leading global tax services and software provider, has announced that Matt Cwiertnia, Zach Levitt, Rahul Merchant, and Abraham Zilkha have been named to the Ryan Board of Managers.

“The addition of these four accomplished professionals will bring instant value to our global network and further strengthen our leadership team,” said Ryan Chairman and CEO G. Brint Ryan. “We are thrilled to welcome these talented executives from diverse backgrounds to our Board of Managers and look forward to their valuable input as we continue to focus on our global growth strategy.”

Matt Cwiertnia
Matt Cwiertnia is a Partner and Co-Head of Ares Management’s Private Equity Group. He serves on the Ares Executive Management Committee and as a member of the Private Equity Group’s Corporate Opportunities and Special Opportunities investment committees. Before joining Ares in 2005, Matt worked in the Financial Sponsors Group at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he focused on providing advisory and financing services to financial sponsors and their portfolio companies.

Zach Levitt
Zach Levitt is a Senior Principal at Onex Partners. Zach is in Onex’s software and business services vertical and, since joining in 2016, has worked on Onex’s investments in Imagine Learning, PowerSchool, Convex, Ryan Specialty Group, and Ryan, LLC. Before joining Onex, Zach worked in the Financial Sponsors Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York.

Rahul Merchant
Rahul Merchant is a senior leader with a breadth of experience as an operating executive and a board member across several industries at a global level. Rahul retired as a Senior Executive Vice President with the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA), a diversified financial services organization with more than $1 trillion in assets under management for 11,000 educational institutions. Before TIAA, Rahul worked in a senior executive capacity with Merrill Lynch, City of New York, and other financial services firms. He currently sits on the boards of Juniper Networks, Kyndryl, and Convergint Technologies.

Abraham Zilkha
Abraham Zilkha is a Partner in Ares Management’s Private Equity Group. Before joining Ares in 2008, he worked for the Boston Consulting Group, where he focused on advising financial services and consumer goods companies in the U.S. and Canada. Abraham currently serves on the Board of Directors of Guitar Center Holdings, Inc. and the parent entity of Convergint Technologies.

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 4,800 professionals and associates serves over 30,000 clients in more than 80 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at


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