US Chamber Adds New Leadership in Tax Policy and Information Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The US Chamber of Commerce today announced significant hires focused on tax policy and information technology. Watson M. McLeish has joined the House as Senior Vice President, Tax Policy, and Bill Jewell as Chief Information Officer.

Watson McLeish will strengthen the House’s mission to advocate for policies that support U.S. businesses, grow the economy and strengthen communities.

Watson most recently served as a tax advisor for the Tax Executives Institute (TEI) in Washington, DC, the leading association of internal tax professionals worldwide. There, he was responsible for advancing TEI’s advocacy priorities on Capitol Hill and with the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy and Internal Revenue Service. Prior to his time at TEI, Watson worked in the National Tax Department – International Tax Services practice at Ernst & Young LLP, advising domestic and foreign clients on a wide range of US federal income tax laws and policy issues related to international business transactions . Since January 2019, Watson has also served as an adjunct law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching a graduate-level seminar on tax research and writing.

“As a strong believer in sound tax policy and administration, I am delighted to join the Chamber’s professional staff at such a critical time for the US and international tax system. I look forward to working with MPs from across the industry spectrum to develop practical, consensus-based solutions to some of the biggest tax policy challenges facing US businesses today, both domestically and internationally. as abroad,” said McLeish.

Bill Jewell joined the United States House of Representatives after serving on The College Board for more than a decade, most recently as Chief Information Security Officer and Vice President of Technology. In that role, Bill built and led an information security program designed to protect the data of more than 100 million students, parents and educators. Bill has extensive experience in cyber defense, engineering, data management and governance.

As the Chamber’s Chief Information Officer, Bill will oversee the Chamber’s technical infrastructure, engineering, cybersecurity, information risk management and compliance. Bill will also lead the ongoing modernization of key business systems and the Chamber’s data and business intelligence strategy and execution.

“I look forward to working with the Chamber team and building on the great work already done to provide the technical foundation and digital infrastructure for the Chamber’s next growth chapter,” said Jewell. “The US Chamber of Commerce is at the forefront of addressing the technology and cybersecurity challenges facing corporate America. Cybersecurity, information risk management and many other IT issues are of paramount importance to the House and its members.”

Bill received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master of arts degree from Georgetown University. He received a CISO certificate from Heinz College in Carnegie Mellon. Bill recently graduated magna cum laude with a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

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