Former Harley Davidson CEO, Rich Teerlink to Retire from Vertex Board of Directors

Kevin Robert, former CEO of the global tax and accounting division at Wolters Kluwer/Commerce Clearing House (CCH) to fill seat

BERWYN, Pa.--()--Vertex Inc., the leading provider of corporate enterprise tax solutions and services, announced today that after 13 years of distinguished service on the Vertex Board of Directors, Rich Teerlink will retire effective February 4, 2015.

“It is with gratitude that I thank Rich for his dedication, support and service to Vertex over the past 13 years.”

Teerlink joined the Vertex Board in 2002, shortly after his retirement as Chairman and CEO of Harley Davidson, where he enjoyed great success over his 18-year tenure. While serving on the Vertex Board, he also served on the Boards of Johnson Controls, Snap-on Tools and Quad Graphics. Teerlink is also the author of More Than a Motorcycle, the leadership journey at Harley Davidson, and has been a frequent speaker to corporate audiences, including having addressed Vertex customers as a keynote speaker at Vertex Exchange.

Teerlink has worked in direct advisory engagements with Vertex’s Human Resources and Organizational Development Work Center leaders. He will continue to serve as an Advisor to the Board and Jeff Westphal.

Co-owners of Vertex, Jeff Westphal, Stefanie Lucas and Amanda Radcliffe, the Vertex Board, and the entire company extend heartfelt appreciation to Rich Teerlink for his many years of service. Jeff Westphal, CEO at Vertex Inc. said, "It is with gratitude that I thank Rich for his dedication, support and service to Vertex over the past 13 years."

Filling Teerlink's seat on the Board of Directors effective February 4th, will be Kevin Robert of Lacombe, Louisiana. Robert joins the Board after a 32-year career with Wolters Kluwer/Commerce Clearing House (CCH), where he was most recently CEO of the global tax and accounting division. Robert served in a Board Advisory role this past year, learning the Vertex business. He brings a wealth of experience in the tax technology arena, having led CCH and then Wolters Kluwer/CCH through three generations of technology transformation and substantial global expansion.

"Kevin brings specific tax software industry experience to our Board that perfectly complements Terry Kyle's software industry financial experience and Ric Andersen's technology, ERP and services experience. We are extremely fortunate to have an opportunity to bring Kevin onto the Vertex Board," said Westphal.

The Board and entire Vertex community welcome Kevin Robert to the team.

About Vertex

Founded in 1978, Vertex Inc. is the leading provider of corporate tax software and services for companies of all sizes, from small to medium-sized businesses to global multinationals.

Vertex solutions enable companies to realize the full strategic potential of the corporate tax function. The company offers a variety of products and services that allow businesses to automate, integrate, and streamline their corporate tax processes. Vertex provides solutions in every major line of tax including income, sales and consumer use, value added and payroll. Vertex also offers tailored solutions for specific industries including retail, communications, hospitality and leasing. Vertex Managed Services allows companies to outsource sales and use tax returns and exemption certificate management.

Known for its innovative culture, Vertex is a privately held company that employs over 850 professionals across the globe, at its headquarters in the U.S. (Berwyn, Pa.) and offices in Europe (London), Brazil (São Paulo), Dallas, Fort Collins, Naperville, Phoenix, San Francisco, Sarasota and Seattle. For more information about Vertex, visit


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