Summer 2019

A Global Job That’s Down to Earth

When Rob Weber ’92 talks about his twenty-five years working for EY, the multinational professional services firm, he focuses on exceptional client service and the people. “Serving clients is the core of everything I do,” says Weber, who is EY’s Global Business Tax Services Leader. “The other piece is the learning and development of our people, making sure they have leadership opportunities.”

Given the fact that Weber’s team consists of nearly 10,000 people worldwide, that’s no small task.

“I’ve been traveling to different regions across the globe, meeting with clients and teams in town halls and smaller team settings, working to stay connected and understand what’s really going on in the practices,” says Weber, who was promoted from Northeast Region Tax Managing Partner/Principal to his current position in July 2018.

Weber’s unit is responsible for private client services, which includes high-net- worth individuals, families, and their connected businesses; quantitative services; global tax policy and controversy; and digital tax administration.

He spends a good deal of his days thinking about what clients need in a rapidly changing market. “Do we have people with a diverse set of skills and experiences that directly relate to the issues our clients are facing around the globe?” he asks. “What will the future look like in three to five years and are we well-positioned for it?”

Weber majored in accounting and finance at Boston College, worked in banking for a couple of years, and then returned to BC for law school. During his 2L summer, he had an internship with EY (then known as Ernst & Young) and was offered a post-grad job.

While some might find oversight and responsibility for a multi-billion-dollar business unit a bit daunting, Weber is sanguine. “The key is nothing happens at a global level,” he explains. “It ultimately comes down to being close to what our client teams are doing on the ground, and then looking at macro issues going on in the marketplace and at trends in tax across the globe so that we can provide the best service and advice to our clients.”

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