Big Four financial services firm PwC has appointed a new tax director to its team in Birmingham.
Habib Farazmand will specialise in large international corporate tax projects, leading key account relationships and also play a role in growing the firm’s regional tax practice.
He has more than 16 years of experience of working with a broad range of clients in multiple sectors, providing support through transactions, organisational and regulatory change.
Mr Farazmand started his career in the company’s corporate tax practice before moving to industry and then specialising in EY’s international tax services team where he has spent the last ten years, including a secondment in New York.
He said: “I am excited to have joined PwC at a time of unprecedented legislative change and the redrawing of the global tax frameworks.”
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In other appointments news, outsourcing firm Sigma Connected has recruited Rob Sawle as its new director of energy services.
He will support new and existing clients in the energy sector and brings more than 20 years of experience to the company which has offices in Birmingham and Redditch.
Mr Sawle was previously at energy provider Npower where he was director of customer operations.
Financial services firm Grant Thornton has appointed two senior figures to its Midlands team.
Rob Outram is the new regional head of VAT in Birmingham and Jon Bramwell is Midlands regional director for clients and markets.
Mr Outram has joined from retailer Boots where he led the VAT team for both the UK and Ireland and also previously worked at HM Revenue & Customs and TNT Express.
Mr Bramwell is a former commercial banker with 35 years of experience and joins following nine years at HSBC where he was managing director of corporate banking in the Midlands.
High street bank Barclays has recruited a new corporate development director for the Midlands.
Nick Carrington has been in the banking sector for 16 years and will work with businesses with turnovers of up to £50 million.
In his new role, he will be tasked with growing Barclays’ mid-corporate market share with a focus on industry and sector leaders.
Birmingham PR and communications agency Liquid has added six new faces to its city centre team (above).
The new additions bring experience across PR, social media and digital to support a raft of recent new client wins.
They are social media manager Claudia Kennedy, PR account manager Heather Woodhouse, senior digital marketing executive Luke Horton, digital marketing manager Rebecca Barrett, social media executive Vanessa Clark and digital designer Leigh Wodke.
Chief executive Elisabeth Lewis-Jones said: “After a strong first half of 2021, we are pleased to be growing our team with six new recruits in the Birmingham office.
“Each person brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our PR, social and digital teams to support our ever-growing client base and we are happy to welcome them into the team.”
Black Country law firm Higgs has retained five of its trainee solicitors into a broad range of its practice areas despite the disruption caused to their training programmes by the pandemic.
Laura Hackett and Victoria Boucher have both qualified in private client while Lucy Williams will remain with the employment team.
Elizabeth Owen is now part of the succession planning and the commercial team welcomes Charlotte Tsang.
HR director Sophie Wardell said: “To have five trainees qualify with the firm is a fantastic result.
“We are extremely proud of the trainees and their professionalism and commitment during what has been a very challenging time.”
Business membership body Institute of Directors has appointed a new chairwoman for the West Midlands.
Solicitor Inez Brown takes over the post for a three-year tenure.
She is a partner and head of clinical negligence at the Medical Accident Group, part of Harrison Clark Rickerbys, and last year was also inaugurated as the first black president of Birmingham Law Society in its history spanning two centuries.