November 5, 2014

Thomson Reuters Announces Winners for the Inaugural Taxologist Awards

NEW YORK — Thomson Reuters announced today the winners of the inaugural Taxologist Awards, a program that recognizes outstanding tax departments and individuals who are driving significant value to their organizations by embracing tax technology.

The winners of the Taxologist Awards were announced at SYNERGY 2014 — a conference for users of Thomson Reuters ONESOURCE tax technology — on Nov. 5 in Washington, D.C. Winners were presented a commemorative trophy and other prizes. The Taxologist of the Year winner, Sarah Gangar from CUNA Mutual, also received $10,000 to donate to the school of her choice to further technological initiatives.  

The Taxologist Awards winners are:

Taxologist of the Year

  • Sarah Gangar, Tax Process and Technology Manager, CUNA Mutual

Innovative Tax Department of the Year

  • Al Escudero, Vice President of Tax, Cantel Medical Corporation

Excellence in Data Management

  • Rich Heller, Vice President of Tax, Bayer Corporation

Excellence in Tax Process Transformation

  • Judith Hamric, Vice President of Tax, Tube City IMS

Excellence in Global Transformation

  • Fred Haas, Senior Tax Manager, Ford Motor Company

Excellence in Tax and Finance Alignment

  • Kelly Necessary, Senior Tax Director, Time Warner Cable

Excellence in Tax Research

  • Sheryl Paige, Tax Advisor, Pfizer

“The winners of the Taxologist Awards represent the most strategic innovators in our industry,” said Joe Harpaz, managing director for the corporate segment for the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters. “These individuals’ efforts have created improved efficiency and insights, and we’re proud to honor their accomplishments.”

To learn more information about the Taxologist Awards, visit

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