Olson and Langdon are former high-level federal tax officials — Olson with the Treasury Department, Langdon with the IRS. Both now hold senior positions in the private sector and will join an already distinguished group of tax experts and practitioners who serve on Tax Analysts' Board of Directors.
"We're pleased to welcome Pam and Larry," Bergin said of the selections, which the Board made at its recent meeting in Washington. "They both have an enormous amount of credibility in the corporate community as well as in the executive and legislative branches of the federal government."
From September 2002 until February 2004, Olson served as Assistant Treasury Secretary for Tax Policy, supervising a staff that provided the Secretary of the Treasury with policy analysis, advice, and recommendations concerning all aspects of federal taxation, including legislative proposals, regulatory guidance, and tax treaties. She was also responsible for providing the official estimates of all government receipts for the President's budget, fiscal policy decisions, and Treasury cash management decisions. Olson was the first woman to hold that position. For her service, Secretary of the Treasury John Snow awarded her the Alexander Hamilton Award — the highest award that the Treasury Secretary can confer.
Olson is now a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, a position she held before her appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary in February 2001. She previously held positions with the IRS Chief Counsel's office as Special Assistant to the Chief Counsel, as an Attorney-Advisor in the Legislation and Regulations Division, and as a trial attorney in the San Diego District Counsel Office.
From December 1999 to May 2003, Langdon served as the first Commissioner of the IRS' Large and Midsize Business Division, which is responsible for corporate and partnership taxpayers that in aggregate pay more than $700 billion in taxes. Leading a nationwide workforce of 6,200 with an annual budget of over $680 million, Langdon implemented innovative issue and dispute resolution processes that streamlined audit procedures and helped curtail abusive corporate tax shelters.
Currently, Langdon is a partner and director of the Global Tax Practice at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, one of the world's largest law firms. He advises clients in tax controversy, planning, and tax strategy matters. Previously, Langdon served as Vice President, Taxes, Licensing and Customs for the Hewlett-Packard Company; Director of Taxes and Corporate Secretary for Vetco, Inc.; and Senior Tax Attorney for the Ford Motor Company. He served two stints as Attorney/Advisor in the IRS's Office of Chief Counsel, sandwiched around a job as Attorney/Internal Auditor at CARE.
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