ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL & GOVERNANCE
DIVERSITY EQUITY & INCLUSION WORKING GROUP CHAIR
Habibe 'Bibi' Rubio, MS Tax - Head of US Tax - Americas Westpac Banking Corporation
Subject matter expert in International Taxation || Tax Provision ||
Tax Planning || State & Local Tax || Tax Operations || Digital Assets Taxation
My name is Habibe, known as "Bibi." My Arabic name translates to beloved! I inherited my unique name from my father; a custom when born male, he insisted. My parents came here for the American dream but I was raised by my grandmother. At age two, I met my mother for the first time. My mother, a seamstress, pivoted to singing, I cannot hold a note! Both, instilled in me the values that most Hispanic parents pass down to their children. I am a proud Ecuadorian woman, mother of three boys; I completed my degrees while raising them single-handedly. I love to read and learn new things, my latest obsession is all about Crypto, Blockchain and NFT's. When not reading about Blockchain and Digital assets I pick up the IRS code. I love to travel, enamored by art and food my favorite pass time is photography.
I am unique! I am a subject matter expert in International Taxation, my superpowers are:
1) Providing specialized tax expertise and thought leadership to internal/external stakeholders.
2) Leading strategic process improvements by identifying, developing, and executing diligently.
3) Contributing to business units the solutions that provide excellent customer delivery and tax savings.
4) Build, support, promote inclusion and equity by providing authentic support to internal and external ERG’s.
Currently I lead the US-Americas tax function on all aspects of federal, state, local, and international tax for Westpac Banking Corporation as Head of US Tax-Americas. Considered an exceptional international tax leader with extensive experience in inbound and outbound taxation. I bring experience in serving internal and external clients in the banking and capital market industries. I have worked for public and private multinational corporations assisting in improving internal controls and developing strategies to enhance the performance of the tax function. I am capable of balancing long-term tax planning strategies with business operational efficiencies while minimizing risk. I exhibit strong business acumen by working effectively in partnership with others; a motivator, one who cooperates and collaborates across all functions. I am a result driven professional with excellent project management skills, ability to develop, mentor, and effectively lead a team. An effective communicator with strong written and verbal skills with Big 4 (E&Y, Andersen and Deloitte) experience servicing clients in the Financial Services industry.
Recently selected as the “Ones to Watch” at Money 20/20 USA (largest Fintech event worldwide) for their Inaugural Amplify 2021 Cohort. Extensive National Board Experience and internal and external DE&I ERG experience leading teams.
Currently attending Wharton Executive Education program on Economics of Blockchain and Digital Asset certification. A graduate of D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University for MS in Taxation and a BBA from Baruch College in Accounting.
I am passionate about: Tax, Crypto and DE&I! The opportunity to lead the working group for WSBA’s ESG-WG (DE&I) initiatives is the type of work that drives me, I look forward to working with the team. I look forward to surrounding myself with diverse voices and in purposely finding ways to create an inclusive environment for all. This is my WHY!