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H-P’s Langdon Appointed to Top IRS Post

H-P’s Langdon Appointed to Top IRS Post

Making good on his promise to attract high-caliber corporate talent to the Internal Revenue Service, Commissioner Charles Rossotti has announced that a former president of TEI will serve as one of the agency’s four division commissioners. Larry R. Langdon, who served as the Institute’s 1986-1987 president and announced his retirement as Hewlett-Packard’s Vice President-Tax, Licensing, and Customs earlier this year, will become the Commissioner of the IRS’s Large and Mid-Size Business Operating Division in December. (Practically all companies represented in TEI’s membership will be served by this division.) Langdon’s deputy will be Deborah M. Nolan, Connecticut-Rhode Island District Director, who currently heads the IRS reorganization design team that is charged with refining and implementing the design of the new corporate division. In announcing the appointment of Langdon and No]an, IRS Commissioner Rossotti said, “Larry and Deborah will bring a unique blend of leadership skills, tax expertise, and business experience to these key positions.”

Larry Langdon joined TEI in 1976, and for 20-plus years, he has been an active member of two chapters: San Francisco, where he served as Treasurer and Secretary, and Santa Clara Valley, where he was a founder and served as Vice President and President. Mr. Langdon was also extraordinarily active at the national level, serving as chair of the International Tax Committee, as well as chair of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and U.S. Possessions Subcommittee. In 1985, he was elected Institute Treasurer and eventually rose to become Institute President in 1988. After he left office, he remained an active participant of the Institute’s Board of Directors, served as a member of the Alternative Tax Systems Committee, and spoke at numerous conferences and seminars on both technical and management issues. He also represented TEI on the IRS Commissioner’s Advisory Group. Mr. Langdon is also a member of the American Bar Association, the International Fiscal Association, and the American Tax Policy Institute.

Following the announcement of Mr. Langdon’s retirement from Hewlett-Packard but before his selection by Commissioner Rossotti, he was nominated to receive the Institute’s Honorary Membership award by Lester D. Ezrati, current President of TEI and Mr. Langdon’s successor at Hewlett-Packard. Mr. Ezrati is supportive of his former boss’s joining the IRS, especially because of his ability to identify and develop leadership. “Larry is a superb choice. The challenges facing the IRS are monumental, and whereas many people on the sidelines have urged the IRS to seek out people with corporate experience without doing anything about it, Larry is `walking the walk.’ His breadth of experience, openness to new ideas, and ability to build consensus will serve the IRS extremely well.”

Mr. Ezrati continued, “Although Larry’s contributions to TEI and the tax community to date clearly justify the Institute’s affording him honorary membership, I am confident that his `second career’ will be marked by comparable accomplishments.” On August 10, 1999, the Institute’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to confer Honorary Membership on Larry Langdon. The award will be presented at the Annual Conference in October.

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