Gumbiner Savett Inc., a full-service public accounting firm based in Southern California, has a new leader for its tax department. Valerie Colin, a senior tax shareholder in the firm, will now hold the position.

David Thaw, CPA, MST, also a tax shareholder, steps down after seven years at the helm.   Thaw is also the co-leader of the real estate group in the firm and is responsible for overseeing tax compliance with regards to client income tax reporting obligations for public and privately held companies.

“I have been honored to have the opportunity to run this department and help develop young talent for the last seven years,” said Thaw. “Valerie is an excellent tax practitioner and will be a very effective leader for the department.”

Colin celebrated her 25th anniversary with the firm in 2019.  She has over 35 years of experience in tax, accounting and business consulting. A former auditor turned tax practitioner, Colin has devoted many hours as a mentor to several tax practitioners within the firm as well as to students at Loyola Marymount University, her alma mater.

“I am looking forward to the challenge that the role of departmental leader brings,” said Colin. “David has a done a wonderful job navigating the changing needs of the firm and the profession. I hope to do the same and help the department continue to grow.”