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  • Executive Committee

    The ATO Executive Committee sets our strategic direction and monitors delivery of our commitments to government and the community. Its focus is on the strategic matters that relate to the direction and positioning of the organisation.

    Our Commissioner and second commissioners are statutory appointments. The ATO Executive Committee consists of the Commissioner, three Second Commissioners and the leads from the operations, service delivery and finance sections of the ATO.

    Commissioner of Taxation and Registrar of the Australian Business Register

    Chris Jordan AO

    Chris Jordan AO, Commissioner of Taxation and Registrar of the Australian Business Register

    Chris Jordan AO was appointed as the 12th Commissioner of Taxation on 1 January 2013.

    Chris has broad and lengthy experience in tax policy and law development and implementation, having held influential roles in the private sector and as an advisor to both Labor and Coalition governments.

    He was Chair of the Board of Taxation from June 2011 to December 2012 and a member of the Board since its inception in 2000. He also served as Chair of the Business Tax Working Group in 2011–2012 and as Chair of the New Tax System Advisory Board (1999-2001). He was a member of the group that consulted with the mining industry about the resource rent tax (2011–12).

    Chris has almost 40 years of experience in the tax profession; starting his accounting career with the firm Arthur Andersen in 1979, with a few years as a senior lecturer in taxation at Sydney’s University of Technology and then working at KPMG for more than 25 years. From 1995 to 2000, he was Partner in Charge of the NSW Tax and Legal Division of KPMG and from 2001 to 2012 was Chairman of Partners for KPMG NSW.

    Chris has a Master of Laws (Sydney University) and Bachelors of Commerce and Law (University of NSW). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Chartered Tax Adviser with The Tax Institute.

    Chris’s term runs until 29 February 2024.

    Second Commissioner – Client Engagement

    Jeremy Hirschhorn

    Jeremy Hirschhorn, Second Commissioner – Client Engagement

    Jeremy Hirschhorn was appointed to act in the role of Second Commissioner in December 2018. He has overall responsibility for the ATO’s Client Engagement Group, which fosters willing participation in Australia’s tax and super systems through well-designed client experiences.

    Jeremy has more than 20 years' experience in roles managing complex tax matters.

    As Deputy Commissioner of Public Groups & International from April 2015, Jeremy was responsible for ensuring that the largest Australian and multinational companies were meeting their corporate tax obligations, and providing the Australian community with confidence that these large companies were being held to account.

    Jeremy also worked as Chief Tax Counsel, with responsibility for the provision of the ATO’s legal advice in relation to interpretation of the tax and super laws, when he joined the ATO in August 2014.

    Prior to joining the ATO, Jeremy was a senior partner in KPMG’s tax practice.

    Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of NSW. He is a Chartered Tax Adviser and Chartered Accountant.

    Second Commissioner – Law Design and Practice

    Andrew Mills

    Andrew Mills, Second Commissioner – Law Design and Practice

    Andrew Mills was appointed Second Commissioner in December 2013.

    Andrew has overall responsibility for the ATO’s Law Design and Practice Group, including law interpretation, prevention and resolution of disputes, and the ATO’s role in policy and law design.

    Andrew has more than 35 years of experience in taxation, including periods in the ATO, commerce and the tax profession.

    Andrew was a director of the specialist national tax firm Greenwoods & Freehills for more than 20 years and managing director of the firm from 2006–2011.

    Andrew was President of the Tax Institute in 2006–2007 and is a former Governor of the Taxation Research Foundation. He was closely involved in the Business Tax Reform process and was a representative on a number of ATO groups including the National Tax Liaison Group.

    Andrew lectured in taxation in the Masters of Law course at the University of Sydney and has been a regular speaker at seminars on domestic and international tax issues. He has published papers and articles in various national and international tax journals.

    Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Tax Law. He is a Chartered Taxation Adviser (Life) of the Tax Institute, a member of the International Fiscal Association and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Andrew’s term as Second Commissioner runs until December 2020.

    Second Commissioner and Chief Information Officer

    Ramez Katf

    Ramez Katf, Chief Information Officer

    Ramez Katf was appointed Second Commissioner of Enterprise Solutions and Technology in May 2017. He also continues to hold the position of Chief Information Officer, which he took up when he joined the ATO in November 2015.

    As Second Commissioner and CIO, Ramez provides leadership and strategic direction on information and communications technology in the ATO and ensures the delivery of technology services to support our staff. He also ensures we are taking advantage of the most innovative trends in technology, to improve the experience of our staff and clients.

    Before joining the ATO, Ramez was a managing director at Accenture for more than 29 years, working with government and non-government clients to deliver large-scale transformational change, in particular with innovative, technological business solutions.

    His leadership of transformation programs spans Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and China. Previously, Ramez led the transformation programs for the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, New Zealand Customs and the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.

    Ramez holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW.

    Ramez's term runs until April 2024.

    Chief Operating Officer

    Jacqui Curtis

    Jacqui Curtis, Chief Operating Officer

    Jacqui Curtis joined the ATO in September 2013. As Chief Operating Officer, Jacqui leads the ATO’s Enterprise Strategy and Corporate Operations Group.

    Her role gives greater strength and integration to our corporate positioning, and ensures we are well positioned for Australian Public Service (APS)-wide reforms of corporate and shared services, and that our planning, governance and risk management are strategic and sensible.

    Jacqui brings together an integrated picture of our people and resource management and ensures we have the right capability and culture to deliver on our strategic intent.

    She plays a lead role in managing our relationship with key stakeholders like our scrutineers.

    All of these underpin our ability to deliver a better client and staff experience.

    Before her current role, Jacqui was Deputy Commissioner ATO People with responsibility to deliver an enterprise-wide human resource management service and lead a significant change management program.

    Jacqui joined the APS in 2003, holding senior positions in the Department of Human Services and the Australian Public Service Commission following extensive private sector experience in Australia and internationally.

    Jacqui holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the Australian National University, is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resource Institute, and was appointed Adjunct Professor of the University of Canberra in 2018.

    Chief Service Delivery Officer

    Melinda Smith


    Melinda Smith was appointed Chief Service Delivery Officer in October 2016.

    In this role, Melinda leads the Service Delivery Group which is responsible for a broad range of the ATO's foundation services for all segments of the community. These include processing all payments, activity statements, income tax returns, superannuation lodgments and other forms, as well as administering the Tax File Number register, Australian Business Register and registers held on behalf of the superannuation industry.

    Melinda is a marketing and retail leader who brings extensive executive experience in driving customer service and product transformation programs in large-scale environments. She previously worked in senior roles at Woolworths Group for more than 20 years, where she led successful organisational change programs.

    She has extensive experience managing large and diverse workforces in fields such as information technology, procurement, supply chain, shopfloor and online retail, and human resources. She is renowned for understanding the needs and behaviour of customers and being able to deliver products and services they want.

    Melinda holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management and Bachelor degrees in Business and Economics from Monash University. She is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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    Last modified: 01 Oct 2019QC 33500