John F. Forni, Corporate Tax Executive, Joins Smart Devine as Managing Director

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Smart Devine (, the full-service accounting, tax and advisory firm, announces today that John F. Forni, CPA has joined the firm as a Managing Director in their Business Advisory Consulting practice. John will focus on expanding Smart Devine’s domestic and international tax, financial services industry, restructuring and transaction advisory services, specifically in the Greater New York and Mid-Atlantic markets.

'John brings an executive perspective and hands-on experience in the development and implementation of domestic and international business tax strategies,' said Jim Smart, CEO Smart Devine.

John has over 25 years’ experience working within the financial services industry advising U.S. and multinational corporations on a diverse range of tax issues and strategies. Most recently, John served as Chief Tax Officer of Chartis and as a Vice President at AIG within the P&C Strategic Finance Group. As Chief Tax Officer, John had overall responsibility for the tax affairs of 550 legal entities operating in over 100 countries, including managing a staff of 125 tax professionals.

During his time at AIG, John’s focus was on establishing the P&C tax functions, financial reporting, tax planning and restructuring, Sox 404, transfer pricing, tax controversy, tax technology implementation, and Solvency II readiness. Additionally, John’s expertise includes capital management including stress testing, rating agency, overall capital adequacy, controls around CCAR capital flows, capital preservation and reinsurance optimization.

John has worked extensively with tax advisors in foreign countries to develop global structures that minimize U.S. and foreign tax exposures, and in this role, has established effective working relationships with key professionals globally. Prior to joining Smart Devine and AIG, John worked at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., UBS, Bear Sterns & Co., Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young.

Jim Smart, CEO of Smart Devine said, “John brings an executive perspective and hands-on experience in the development and implementation of domestic and international business tax strategies. John brings critical leadership to Smart Devine’s growing Business Advisory Practice. His knowledge and experience with complex strategic, international and transactional tax issues will be a valuable resource to corporate tax leaders”.

John holds both his BS in Accounting and MBA, concentration in Taxation, from St. John’s University. He is also a CPA in the State of New York and is a member of the AICPA and is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Smart Devine, provides a full range of accounting, advisory, tax, forensic accounting and litigation services to companies across a variety of industries.


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