Michael Bernard is Chief Tax Officer-Transaction Tax for Vertex. In this role he provides insight and thought leadership around tax department operations, U.S. indirect tax, tax risk management, tax policy, as well as emerging tax trends. He is an executive level tax attorney with a diverse portfolio of experience in corporate tax, administration and finance, including a substantive knowledge of U.S. and international tax laws. Prior to joining Vertex, Michael was in various tax leadership roles at Microsoft Corporation for 28 years, the most recent being General Manager – US Tax Counsel. Michael led various teams including direct and indirect tax controversy, sales and use, business license, property, tax IT, SOX and telecommunications. Michael earned both a J.D. and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Creighton University and served on the board of directors, executive committee and chaired committees for The Tax Executives Institute (TEI) for nearly 25 years.