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  • Executive Team

    Executive teamJohn Hewitt, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

    John Hewitt has served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Liberty Tax Service® since October 1996. Mr. Hewitt also served as the Chairman of Liberty-Canada since September 1997 and as its President from September 1997 until April 1998 and from April 2003 until the present. From August 1982 until June 1996, Mr. Hewitt was the Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Jackson Hewitt Inc., in Virginia Beach, Virginia. From December 1969 until June 1981, Mr. Hewitt held the varying positions of Tax Preparer, Assistant District Manager, District Manager, and Regional Director with H&R Block in Buffalo and Elmira, New York and Moorestown, New Jersey.

    Mark F. Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer, JTH Financial

    Mr. Baumgartner has served as our Chief Financial Officer since February 2004. From August 2003 until February 2004, Mr. Baumgartner served as an independent consultant to the Company. From May 1999 until August 2003, Mr. Baumgartner served as Chief Financial Officer for InfiNet Company in Norfolk, Virginia. From August 1991 until May 1999, Mr. Baumgartner served as Senior Vice President of Operations for First Coastal Bank in Virginia Beach, Virginia. From June 1986 until August 1991, Mr. Baumgartner worked for Price Waterhouse in Norfolk, Virginia under the varying capacities of Audit Staff, Audit Senior and Audit Manager.

    James J. Wheaton, General Counsel, Vice President, Legal and Governmental Affairs

    Mr. Wheaton has served as our General Counsel since February 2011. From May 2001 until February 2011, Mr. Wheaton was a partner in Troutman Sanders LLP, where he chaired the Securities and Capital Markets Practice Group from 2006-2007, and the Mergers, Acquisitions and Business Ventures Practice Group from 2007-2011.  Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, Mr. Wheaton was a shareholder of Willcox & Savage, PC, which he joined in 1986 following a judicial clerkship.

    Kathleen Donovan, Chief Financial Officer

    Ms. Donovan has served as Chief Financial Officer since February 2014. From 2008 until February 2014, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Catapult Learning, LLC. From 2005 to 2008, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Medquist, Inc. From 1997 to 2005, she held various finance positions of increasing responsibility, including Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dendrite International. From 1983 to 1997, she worked in various finance positions at Unisys Corporation.