Executive Team

Ed Brunot, Chief Executive Officer

Ed is a dynamic leader. He has a wealth of experience in business management and leadership and achieved a distinguished career in the military, where he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army and was awarded the Bronze Star.

Previously to joining Liberty Tax®, Mr. Brunot served as President of MDV and Executive Vice President of SpartanNash, a Fortune 500 Company.

Ed has built his career by developing company-wide efficiencies and effectively responding to change. He works with our leadership team and our franchisees to drive long-term sustainable growth in an attractive market.


Nick Bates, Chief Financial Officer

Nick is our strategic, results-driven Chief Financial Officer and has extensive experience at both public and private companies. Before becoming our CFO, he served as our Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller. Prior to that, Mr. Bates spent five years at Catapult Learning, LLC, most recently as Chief Financial Officer. Before working at Catapult, Nick performed various financial roles at M*Modal.


Vanessa M. Szajnoga, General Counsel and Vice President

Vanessa has been an instrumental part of our legal department since 2005.

Ms. Szajnoga, a graduate of William & Mary Law School, began her career at Liberty as litigation counsel, representing the Company and managing litigation matters in federal and local courts throughout the United States and Canada. She became the leader of the Transactional Legal Department in 2012 and has served as Assistant Vice President, Legal, since January 2015. She also serves on the American Bar Association, Forum Committee on Franchising, and the Corporate Counsel Committee.

Along with her legal work, Ms. Szajnoga has played a role in the company's Culture Committee, which is tasked with creating a welcoming and nurturing work environment.

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