Friday, January 04, 2008

Secretary for Administration and Finance Leslie Kirwan today appointed Navjeet K. Bal Commissioner of the Department of Revenue, succeeding Henry Dormitzer, who is leaving DOR to become the Chief Financial Officer of Free Flow Power Corp.

Bal has served as senior deputy commissioner since September. Dormitzer had served as commissioner since June 2007. His resignation takes effect at the end of January.

Bal, a native of India, is a graduate of Williams College and received her law degree from Northeastern University in 1989. She worked for the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo from September 1989 until April 2007, where she had extensive experience in public finance, state disclosure issues, state and federal tax law and structured financial transactions.

"I am honored by the appointment and thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the many talented people at DOR," Bal said.

Bal founded Mintz Levin's Domestic Violence Project in 1990, is a board member and former chairperson of the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center in Boston, and served from 2003-2005 on the executive committee for the statewide planning committee on delivery of legal services chaired by retired Chief Justice Herbert Wilkins, a group which worked to reorganize the delivery of legal services in Massachusetts.

"While I am sorry to see Henry leave, and thank him for his hard work, I am delighted to appoint Navjeet Bal as DOR Commissioner. She is a talented administrator and a terrific leader, and I am pleased to promote her," Secretary Kirwan said.

"The opportunity to join an exciting new business venture poised to make a real impact in developing clean, renewable energy resources is an exciting opportunity that I cannot pass up. I know the Department will be in good hands under Navjeet's leadership" Dormitzer said, describing his decision to leave DOR "as one that was not easy to make."

Dormitzer has spent virtually all of his working life in the private sector. He worked 14 years for UBS Investment Bank, Municipal Securities Group, rising to become Managing Director and Manager of the Boston office before his appointment in January 2007 to become A&F undersecretary and chief of staff, posts he held until he was appointed Revenue Commissioner in July.

Contact:
Cyndi Roy
617-725-4025

Robert R. Bliss
Director of Communications
Massachusetts Department of Revenue
blissr@dor.state.ma.us
617-626-2369