Executive Vice President, General Tax Counsel and Chief Veteran Officer |
Not many people know that Richard M. Jones lifelong dream was to become a soldier and retire as a Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army. That dream was short-lived after Rich encountered a parachute malfunction was serving with the 1st Ranger Battalion in Savannah, Georgia. Rich had broken nearly every bone in his body and for weeks he laid in his bed in a full body cast wondering what his future would hold. Over the next couple years Rich's will and patience would be tested as he struggled to recover and find his new direction. It was then he met his future wife who helped turn his attitude and health around.
Today Rich serves as Executive Vice President, General Tax Counsel and Chief Veteran Officer for CBS Corporation. As General Tax Counsel, he oversees worldwide tax planning, strategy, operations, litigation and legislative matters for the Company. As Chief Veteran Officer, Jones oversees and coordinates all veteran-related initiatives for CBS Corporation, ensuring that the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans and their families are never forgotten, and that the Company is doing all that it can to promote their well-being.
Prior to joining the Company in 2005, Jones served as Vice President, Senior Tax Counsel and Assistant Treasurer for General Electric (NBCUniversal), where he was responsible for all domestic and international tax planning, structuring, M&A, operations and controversy matters. Before joining General Electric in 2003, he spent more than a decade as both a certified public accountant and tax lawyer with Ernst & Young, working in their media and entertainment and transaction advisory services practices. Jones also served as a law clerk for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, in the chambers of the Honorable Judge John P. Balio. Prior to reentering civilian life, Jones was a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, where he served honorably as a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment and 10th Mountain Division.
Jones received his law and business degrees from Syracuse University, where he graduated with honors and was admitted to the Order of the Barristers. He is also a graduate of Boston University School of Law, where he earned a Master of Laws. Jones also received a Bachelor of Science degree (summa cum laude) from Syracuse University. Jones is admitted to practice before the Courts of New York, Connecticut and the District of Columbia, and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court. As a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York Society of CPAs, Jones serves on the Corporate and Partnership Taxation Committees. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association, where he serves on the Corporate Counsel, Tax Policy and Mergers & Acquisitions/Joint Ventures Committees and is a member of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants. Jones is also a frequent and noted lecturer and is a member of the faculty of the Practicing Law Institute.
Jones works closely with many veteran organizations and is a tireless and passionate champion for our nation’s veterans. He is proud life member of both the American Legion and DAV (Disabled American Veterans). He was appointed by Congress and serves on the Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO) at the U.S. Labor Department and U.S. Veterans Administration. In addition, he sits on the boards of the Wounded Warrior Project, The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, USJAG (The Uniformed Services Justice and Advocacy Group), the Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services, the Aaron Grider Foundation and is an advisor to Veteran’s Advantage and ACT Today! (Autism Care & Treatment) for Military Families.
He lives with his wife and two children in Bedford, N.Y.