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US Chamber of Commerce adds new leadership in tax policy and information technology roles

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Washington DC – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced major hirings focused on tax policy and the role of information technology. Watson M. MacLeish has joined the Chamber as Senior Vice President of Tax Policy and Bill Jewell has joined as Chief Information Officer.

Watson McLeish further strengthens the Chamber’s mission to advocate for policies that support American businesses, grow our economy, and strengthen our communities.

Watson most recently served as tax accountant for the Tax Executives Institute (TEI) in Washington, DC, a preeminent association of in-house tax professionals around the world. There, he was responsible for advancing the TEI’s advocacy priorities on the Capitol and the Treasury Department’s tax policy and the Internal Revenue Service. Prior to joining TEI, he worked in the Internal Revenue Service’s International Tax Services practice at Ernst & Young LLP, advising domestic and foreign clients on policy issues related to U.S. federal income tax law and international commerce. rice field. Since January 2019, Watson has been an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches graduate-level seminars on tax research and writing.

“As a big proponent of sound taxation and administration, I am delighted to join the Chamber of Commerce’s professional staff at a time of great importance to U.S. and international tax systems. We look forward to developing practical, consensus-based solutions to some of the biggest tax challenges facing American businesses today, both domestically and internationally.”

Bill Jewell joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce after working for The College Board for over ten years. Most recently, he served 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 over 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 oversees the Chamber’s technical infrastructure, engineering, cybersecurity, information risk management, and compliance. Bill also leads the ongoing modernization of critical enterprise business systems, data and business intelligence strategy and execution for the Chamber of Commerce.

“We look forward to working with the Chamber of Commerce team to build on the great work already done to provide the technological foundation and digital infrastructure for the Chamber’s next phase of growth.” Jewell said. “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is at the forefront of facing the technology and cybersecurity challenges facing U.S. businesses. It’s a top priority for its members.”

Bill holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree from Georgetown University. He earned his CISO certificate at his College of Heinz at Carnegie Mellon University. Most recently, Bill graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law Center, earning a JD.