Sovos Appoints Managing Director in Europe to Support Growing Demand for its Intelligent Compliance Cloud

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As countries across Europe rapidly adopt electronic reporting mandates, Sovos hires Peter Russell-Smith to help safeguard businesses from greater risk

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“Peter’s appointment strengthens our ability to help our clients and partners navigate an increasingly rapid-response regulatory environment in Europe and the Middle East.”

Sovos, a leading provider of tax compliance and reporting software, announced today that it has appointed Peter Russell-Smith to the newly created role of Managing Director, EMEA. In his role, Russell-Smith will lead Sovos operations across the region, where the introduction of transaction-level reporting and tax transparency mandates have sparked a new wave of demand for modern tax compliance and reporting software solutions - including the Sovos Intelligent Compliance Cloud.

As countries throughout the European Union, APAC and Middle East introduce electronic invoicing and reporting measures at a rapid pace, businesses operating in this area of the world are challenged with ensuring compliance with new requirements. Following the global trend of technology-driven government regulations, many of these countries are now requiring electronic submissions of VAT records and transaction-level data from businesses. Businesses impacted by these regulations face challenges with updating technology infrastructures, managing increased volumes of data and ensuring accuracy of data submitted electronically to avoid risk.

“Peter’s appointment strengthens our ability to help our clients and partners navigate an increasingly rapid-response regulatory environment in Europe and the Middle East,” said Sovos president and CEO Andy Hovancik. “Peter has proven that he can lead high-growth software businesses in the region, and he’s exactly the guy we need to guide us through our next phase of growth.”

Russell-Smith, who will split his time between Sovos’ European offices in London and Amsterdam, comes to Sovos after driving double-digit revenue and profitability growth as President and CEO of McLaren software and Managing Director and Senior Vice President Asia Pacific for Intergraph Corporation. He has also held senior positions with PWC and Hewlett-Packard. An Australian national, he holds an MBA from Monash University.

Businesses across EMEA are facing a new wave of arduous regulatory reporting mandates, including electronic reporting and audit requirements for value-added-tax (VAT) and the newest tax transparency mandate, Common Reporting Standards (CRS) that requires financial institutions to report tax payer information in more than 90 countries.

Sovos recently announced its Intelligent Compliance Cloud, the world’s first global platform for tax compliance and business-to-government reporting, which pairs world-class regulatory analysis with cloud software to safeguard businesses from the burden and risk of compliance around the globe.

About Sovos
Sovos is a leader in global tax, compliance and business-to-government reporting software, safeguarding businesses from the burden and risk of compliance in thousands of tax jurisdictions around the world. As governments embrace technology-driven processes, businesses face increased risk and complexity in an ever-changing regulatory environment. Sovos Intelligent Compliance Cloud offers a proactive approach to tax compliance and reporting obligations that supports productivity, rather than hindering growth. With a 35-year track record of accurate and complete regulatory analysis and a global suite of software solutions, Sovos helps finance, tax and HR professionals in 4,500 companies, including half of the Fortune 500, stay ahead of complex and fast-changing government regulations. The company’s compliance platform integrates with a wide variety of business applications, providing the control and visibility required to manage global tax compliance activities. Based in Boston, Sovos has offices throughout North America, Latin America and Europe. For more information visit and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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