Paul Morton named Vice-Chair of Commission on Taxation

  • 21 July 2014
ICC Leadership

ICC is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Morton as the new Vice-Chair of the ICC Commission on Taxation. Mr Morton will take over from Mr Chris Lenon, who stepped down from the position on 30 June 2014.

Since 2005, Mr Morton has been the Head of Group Tax at Reed Elsevier, where he leads a team of tax professionals based in London, Oxford, Amsterdam, Boston and Singapore, serving businesses operating in more than 90 countries.

Before joining Reed Elsevier, Mr Morton led the tax team for Royal Dutch Shell’s global marketing and refining division. Prior to this, he was a tax manager at KMPG and a tax inspector in the UK’s Inland Revenue. Mr Morton is Chairman of the British Branch of the International Fiscal Association and a member of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He is actively engaged in OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) consultations and frequently takes an active role in various tax-conferences, including recent G8 and G20 meetings.

Mr Morton said: “The international tax system is in a period of change as great as that over 80 years ago when the foundations of the modern system were laid down.  It is vitally important that the business community engages with policymakers as they grapple with the enormous challenges of adapting the accepted international tax principles to 21st century business models.   ICC is perfectly placed to draw on the deep insights of businesses around the globe and I look forward to contributing to the on-going dialogue. Tax has become a matter of wide public concern and it is essential that the business community plays its part in providing perspective and in engaging with a much broader spectrum of stakeholders than in the past.”

Mr Morton will take over the reins from Chris Lenon. Mr Lenon has contributed greatly to the work of the Commission on BEPS and the Commission’s cooperation with the BIAC to the OECD. Furthermore, Mr Lenon represented ICC at the EU Platform on Tax Governance and played a key role in putting forward ICC’s views on environmental taxation principles. ICC extends its great appreciation for the expertise and contribution that Mr Lenon provided.

The ICC Commission on Taxation analyses developments in international fiscal policy and legislation and puts forward business views on government and intergovernmental projects affecting taxation. It currently comprises approximately 150 international tax experts from all sectors of business and private practice, including representatives from some of the world’s leading companies and tax consultancy firms. In order to engage business views and tackle issues related to international taxation, the Commission on Taxation works closely with organizations such as the UN Committee of Experts in Tax Matters, the OECD, BIAC and the International Fiscal Association.

For more information visit the ICC Commission on Taxation.