ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Mark MacGann
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ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Mark MacGann

Former Uber lobbyist

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Mark MacGann made his name as the Uber lobbyist who leaked more than 124,000 confidential company files to the Guardian newspaper on July 10 2022. The files supported MacGann’s belief that the ride-sharing company had knowingly flouted laws in numerous jurisdictions and misled people about the benefits to drivers of the firm’s business model.

“The company’s approach in these places was essentially to break the law, show how amazing Uber’s service was, and then change the law,” said MacGann in an interview with the Guardian.

A career lobbyist, MacGann served as Uber’s head of public policy from 2014 to 2016. He led the company’s efforts to persuade governments in more than 40 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa to change taxi laws and create a business-friendly climate for the ride-sharing firm.

The Ireland-born executive acknowledged that he had actively participated in some of the wrongdoing and expressed regret for his actions.

MacGann forged his career in public policy at established firms including Weber Shandwick and Brunswick. He also ran DigitalEurope, an industry association that promoted the interests of multinationals including Sony, Apple and Microsoft.

Uber has acknowledged its past failing but emphasised that it had been transformed since Dara Khosrowshahi took over as CEO in 2017.

Global Tax 50 2022

Breaking down the entire 50 individually according to the impact they made would require too granular an approach. Each entry is in alphabetical order as part of categories, i.e. individuals, to make it simpler to navigate.

Industry figures
Tax authorities
Public officials
Noteworthy individuals
Vice president of global transfer pricing and tax disputes, Johnson & Johnson
Chair of tax policy group, BusinessEurope
Director and head of international tax for Meta Latin America
Head of transfer pricing, AstraZeneca
Executive vice president of global tax and treasury, Unilever
Global head of tax, Siemens
Chair of the taxation committee, USCIB
Chair of the tax committee at BIAC
Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency
Commissioner of SARS
Minister of Revenue, New Zealand
Former IRS commissioner
Commissioner of the State Tax Administration
Executive secretary of ATAF
Director of direct taxation, coordination, economic analysis and evaluation, European Commission
Minister of finance, budget and national planning, Nigeria
US president
Departing president of Brazil
Secretariat of the economy, Mexico
Acting Head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division, OECD
Co-chairs of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (UN Tax Committee)
Commissioner for the economy, European Commission
Minister of finance, Indonesia
Head of TIWB secretariat
Prime minister of Japan
US senators
Director-general of the Public Debt Management Office, Thai Ministry of Finance
Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee
Director of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration
Head of the GloBE unit, OECD
President of Colombia
Acting deputy director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Former director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Lord of Kingswood, UK
Minister of finance and corporate affairs, India
UK prime minister and chancellor of the exchequer
Chair of the Senate Finance Committee
Secretary of the US Treasury
CEO and global chairman, EY
Tax attorney, blogger and podcaster, Taxgirl
Former Uber lobbyist
Director of Tax Research UK
Director of Tax Policy Associates
CEO of Opportunity Green
Chief executive of Tax Justice Network
Acting director of TaxWatch
Former responsible tax lead at PIRC
Chief executive of Fair Tax Foundation
Director of the ICIJ
Principal analyst for CICTAR
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