USC University of Southern California

Advisory Council

Martin F. Baumann

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

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Paul A. Beswick

bioIn December 2012 Paul A. Beswick was named Chief Accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Paul was previously named Acting Chief Accountant in July 2012. In his role as Chief Accountant, Paul oversees the Office of the Chief Accountant’s efforts to establish and enforce accounting and auditing policy to enhance the transparency and relevancy of financial reports and for improving the professional performance of public company auditors.

Prior to being named Chief Accountant, Paul was the Deputy Chief Accountant (Accounting). In this role, Paul was responsible for the accounting group’s efforts to work closely with domestic private-sector accounting bodies such as the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”). Registrants, auditors, as well as the Divisions of Corporation Finance, Enforcement and Investment Management regularly consult with the Office of the Chief Accountant regarding the application of accounting standards and financial disclosure requirements. Additionally, Paul continues to serve as an observer to the FASB’s Emerging Issues Task Force.

Previously Paul served as Deputy Chief Accountant (Professional Practice) and the Senior Advisor to the Chief Accountant. Prior to joining the SEC, Paul was a partner at Ernst & Young where he specialized in advising publicly registered multi-national companies on SEC and U.S. GAAP reporting matters. From July 2005 to June 2007, Paul was a Practice Fellow with the FASB in Norwalk, CT. In his role, Paul advised members of the FASB and Emerging Issues Task Force on guidance related to current application and implementation issues. Paul received a B.S. degree in accounting from Miami (Ohio) University.

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Dennis R. Beresford

bioDennis R. Beresford is Executive in Residence at the J. M. Tull School of Accounting, Terry College of Business, University of Georgia. From July 1997 through June 2013 he was Ernst & Young Executive Professor of Accounting. From January 1987 through June 1997 he was chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Previously, he was national director of accounting standards for Ernst & Young. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

Denny is a director and chairman of the audit committee of Doosan Infracore International, Inc. He previously served on the boards of National Service Industries, Inc., WorldCom (MCI), Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Fannie Mae, and Legg Mason, Inc. He is also a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Standing Advisory Group, and the Financial Reporting Committee of the Institute of Management Accountants.

In 1995, Denny was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from DePaul University. In 2004 he was elected to the Accounting Hall of Fame and received the AICPA Gold Medal for distinguished service. In 2006 he was selected as one of the inaugural inductees of Financial Executives International’s Hall of Fame. In 2012 the Journal of Accountancy named him as one of the “125 people of impact in accounting,” as among those who have had the most impact on the accounting profession since the AICPA was founded in 1887. In 2013 he received the Institute of Management Accountants’ first Distinguished Member Award.

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Mark DeFond

bio Professor DeFond, PhD, CPA is the A. N. Mosich Chair of Accounting in the Leventhal School of Accounting at the Marshall School. Prior to receiving his PhD he worked at a Big 4 accounting firm. He is currently the Associate Dean of the Leventhal School and teaches in Marshall’s PhD and Executive MBA programs. He is a four-time recipient of the MBA Golden Apple teaching award and was ranked among the most outstanding MBA faculty in Business Week’s Guide to the Best Business Schools. Professor DeFond is an associate editor or board member of several academic journals and a recipient of the Notable Contribution to Auditing Literature Award and the Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring Faculty. He has held visiting professorships at universities in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Chris Cox

bioChris Cox is a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and a member of the Corporate Practice Group, advising global companies on strategic issues, corporate governance, securities regulation and general business matters worldwide. He is also president of Morgan Lewis Consulting LLC, focused on matters involving federal and state governments, cross-border investment, homeland security, and multistate litigation.

Mr. Cox is Chairman of the Forum for Corporate Directors, an organization of leading southern California companies and professionals committed to promoting the highest standards of corporate governance.  He also serves as a director of Newport Corporation, a global photonics company; as a member of the Advisory Board of Thomson Reuters Accelus; as a member of the Executive Committee of the SEC and Financial Reporting Institute; and as a Trustee of the University of Southern California.

In private practice prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Cox was a partner in the law firm of Latham & Watkins. In 1986 he left Latham to work as a White House counsel to President Ronald Reagan. During a 23-year Washington career, he also served as Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, the fifth-ranking elected leader in the House, and a 17-year member of Congress from California.

Mr. Cox earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he later taught corporate and individual income tax. He received his Bachelor of Arts in an accelerated three-year program at the University of Southern California.

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Scott Farber

bio Scott Farber is a partner in Grant Thornton’s Irvine office and the director of the firm’s West Region International Business Center focusing on Asia Pacific. Additionally, Farber served as an elected member of the firm’s Partnership Board from 2005 to 2011. He has more than 31 years of experience helping clients with mergers and acquisitions, financing, international trade and general business advice. Over his career, Farber has worked with a variety of manufacturing, distribution, technology and service companies across a variety of industry sectors, including software developers, digital media, consumer electronics and technology hardware components that comprised publicly held, private equity sponsored and family-owned companies. He has extensive serving public companies, including IPOs and registration statements, mergers and acquisitions and compliance with internal controls under Sarbanes Oxley controls. Previously he was based in Hong Kong as Grant Thornton’s Asia Pacific Technical Director and Liaison Partner.

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Charles H. Noski

bio Chuck Noski retired as vice chairman of Bank of America in 2012.  From 2010 to 2011, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer, responsible for finance and other functions, including treasury, investor relations, strategy planning and development, and corporate investments.

Mr. Noski serves on the boards of directors of Avery Dennison, Avon Products, and Microsoft, and chairs the audit committees of Avon and Microsoft. During 2000 to 2010, he was also a board member of Air Products & Chemicals, Automatic Data Processing, Morgan Stanley, and Northrop Grumman, and served as a senior advisor to Bain & Company and the Blackstone Group.

From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Noski was corporate vice president and chief financial officer of Northrop Grumman.  From 1999 to 2002, he was senior executive vice president and chief financial officer of AT&T Corporation, retiring as vice chairman of the board of directors after the completion of the company’s restructuring. Prior to joining AT&T, Mr. Noski served in senior operating and financial executive positions at Hughes Electronics Corporation, a publicly-traded subsidiary of General Motors Corporation. He was a partner with Deloitte & Touche prior to joining Hughes in 1990.

He is a member of the AICPA and Financial Executives International, chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council of the FASB, and a past member of the Standing Advisory Group of the PCAOB.  In 2006, Mr. Noski was an inaugural inductee into Financial Executives International’s Hall of Fame.

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Thomas Ryan

bio Thomas Ryan is Senior Lecturer and Executive in Residence for the Leventhal School of Accounting at University of Southern California.  Courses taught have included:  Fair Value under GAAP,  IFRS and Emerging Issues,  Intermediate Accounting, Corporate Financial Strategy, Financial Reporting & Analysis and Communication Strategy in Business. He has recently drafted course syllabi related to Fair Value for Financial Accounting purposes which will enter the curriculum as “core” courses for students in the Masters in Accounting and Undergraduate in Accounting in coming semesters.  He also teaches in the CFA Los Angeles program on the topics of Equity Securities, Industry and Company Analysis and Equity Valuation.

Having retired from the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) partnership in 2010, he provides selective consulting assistance on valuation matters typically involving acquisitions or dispositions. He joined PwC in 1996 and has over 30 years of experience in valuation analysis involving the valuation of companies, and their underlying tangible and intangible assets.   From 2002 to 2006 he acted as national leader of the Tax Valuation services capabilities of PwC.

Positions earlier in his career included roles as Managing Director KPMG Peat Marwick; President, Taft Electric Company; Partner, Western Region Director of Valuation,  Arthur Young  (Now Ernst & Young); Senior Vice President and General Manager, Stone & Webster Appraisal.   He received his Masters in Business Administration “with distinction” from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering from University of Illinois.  He holds the Senior Member designation with the American Society of Appraisers.  He is currently the Leventhal School’s representative at the International Valuation Standards Council focusing on Fair Value for International Financial Reporting Standards and is a member of the Advisory Council to the SEC and Financial Reporting Institute Conference sponsored by the USC Leventhal School of Accounting.

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John E. Stewart

bio John E. Stewart is a co-founder and Managing Director of Financial Reporting Advisors, LLC (“FRA”). Based in Chicago, Illinois, FRA provides consulting services related to accounting and SEC reporting, and litigation support services.

Prior to his association with FRA, Mr. Stewart was a partner with the firm of Arthur Andersen LLP where he was the Director of U.S. Accounting Principles in the firm’s Professional Standards Group. In this role, Mr. Stewart consulted and authored interpretive guidance on a wide array of complex financial reporting matters. He also represented Arthur Andersen before the FASB, SEC, AICPA, and IASB.

Mr. Stewart was a member of the FASB’s Emerging Issues Task Force for over ten years. He also chaired or was a member of various EITF working groups on topics such as consolidations, derivatives, financial instruments, foreign currency, hedging, leases, and leveraged buyouts. Mr. Stewart served as a member of FASB Implementation Groups on accounting for pensions (Statement Nos. 87 and 88) and income taxes (Statement Nos. 96 and 109). More recently, he was a member of the FASB’s Financial Instruments Task Force, the Derivatives Implementation Group, and the AICPA’s Financial Instruments Task Force. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants’ Financial Reporting Committee and the Advisory Council Executive Committee of the SEC and Financial Reporting Institute at the University of Southern California.

A frequent speaker, Mr. Stewart has spoken at major conferences such as the Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference sponsored by FEI and the Annual SEC and Financial Reporting Institute Conference sponsored by the University of Southern California. He has authored numerous articles in publications such as The Journal of Accountancy and Bank Accounting & Finance. He has also contributed chapters to books such as The Asset Securitization Handbook (Irwin Professional) and The Handbook of Mortgage Backed Securities (McGraw-Hill Trade). Additionally, he is the co-author of the recently published reference book Accounting For Financial Assets and Liabilities: Sales, Transfers and Extinguishments (CCH).

Prior to joining Andersen’s Professional Standards Group, Mr. Stewart was a member of the firm’s Banking and Financial Services Division in the Chicago office specializing in serving such clients as banks, bank holding companies, leasing companies, insurance companies and brokerage firms.

Mr. Stewart received an M.B.A. from Indiana University’s Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree from DePauw University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Illinois. Mr. Stewart is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, the American Accounting Association, and the Institute of Management Accountants.

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Joseph Ucuzoglu

bio Joe Ucuzoglu is the National Managing Partner, Regulatory and Professional Matters, of Deloitte LLP.  Joe has overall responsibility for Deloitte’s interactions with regulators, oversees the organization’s independence, ethics, and compliance functions, and provides strategic direction for quality and professional matters.  Joe is a member of the Deloitte LLP Executive Committee.

In his current role, Joe also participates actively in the management of the audit practice, serving on both the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the firm’s Audit & Enterprise Risk Services subsidiary, Deloitte & Touche LLP.

In addition to his national management roles, Joe has retained significant audit client responsibilities, serving as the engagement quality review (concurring review) partner on one of the firm’s largest multinational audit clients.  Joe frequently speaks to external audiences and meets with clients to provide perspectives on the regulatory environment.

Prior to rejoining the firm, Joe served as the Senior Advisor to the Chief Accountant at the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) on complex accounting, auditing, and public policy matters, and interacted frequently with other governmental agencies and Congressional staff.

Joe is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) and serves on the Executive Committee of USC’s SEC Financial Reporting Institute.  Joe is also active in the Center for Audit Quality, an autonomous, nonpartisan group devoted to fostering high quality performance by public company auditors.

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Randolph P. Beatty

bio Professor Beatty has an extensive background in business education.  He is an accomplished teacher, scholar, and administrator.

His academic career spans over three decades.  Randy has held appointments at (1) the University of Illinois, (2) the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, (3) the Booth School of the University of Chicago, (4) SMU’s Cox School, and (5) USC’s Leventhal School of Accounting.  He has won numerous teaching awards and has been recognized by Business Week as a “Master of the Classroom.”  He has taught in undergraduate programs, graduate (Masters and MBA) programs, and supervised PhD candidates.

His research provides careful empirical analysis of contemporary business issues.  He is a widely recognized expert on initial public offerings (IPOs) and corporate control.  His scholarly research has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, and a number of other venues.

Professor Beatty served as Dean of the USC’s Leventhal School from 2001 – 2011.  During his deanship, the accounting program’s size and student quality increased dramatically.  This programmatic growth led to the Leventhal School’s recognition by Public Accounting Report as the only private school ranked in the top-10 for undergraduate, graduate, and PhD education.  In addition, the Leventhal School rose to prominence in accounting research while maintaining its close ties to the accounting profession.

Professor Beatty resumed teaching financial accounting to Marshall School MBA students in the fall of 2012.

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Jerry L. Arnold

bio Jerry Arnold’s research focuses on SEC disclosure and accounting standard-setting. He has published articles in numerous journals including Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Accountancy, Research in Accounting Regulation, The Corporation Law Review, Management Accounting, Journal of Commercial Bank Lending, and the Journal of the American Taxation Association. Professor Arnold has served as managing editor of Accounting Horizons, as a member of AICPA Committee on SEC Regulations, and was founding director of the SEC and Financial Reporting Institute. He has consulted for numerous companies from start-ups to multinational corporations on SEC compliance and capital formation.

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William W. Holder

bio William Holder serves as Dean of the USC Leventhal School of Accounting, and holds the Alan Casden Dean’s Chair of Accountancy.  Prior to his current post, Dean Holder was the Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting and Director of the SEC and Financial Reporting Institute in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.  He is an expert on financial reporting and auditing.  Dean Holder has published extensively on these subjects and received numerous awards during his career, including being twice named as one of the “Top 100 People” in the accounting profession and receiving the AICPA Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, the highest honor awarded by that organization.  He has served on a number of governance and standard setting authorities including the Accounting Standards Executive Committee of the AICPA and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.  During Congressional hearings leading to passage of the Sarbanes/Oxley Act, he provided invited testimony about financial reporting, auditing and corporate governance.

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Zoe-Vonna Palmrose

bio Zoe-Vonna Palmrose is the Hanson Professor in Business Administration in the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in Seattle.  She is the Accounting Circle Professor Emerita of Accounting at USC and was on the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley before joining USC.

Zoe-Vonna has published and spoken extensively on a variety of issues related to the quality of financial reporting and auditing, including standard-setting, audit regulation, restatements, materiality, audit litigation, the pricing of audit services, and non-audit services.  Zoe-Vonna’s research and service has been recognized by numerous awards and she was the 2008 American Accounting Association Presidential Scholar.

Zoe-Vonna served at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as Deputy Chief Accountant for Professional Practice in the Office of the Chief Accountant from 2006-2008.  During that time, she served as an SEC observer on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Standing Advisory Group and the U.S. Department of the Treasury Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession.  She was a member of the Sarbanes-Oxley 404 team that won the SEC Law and Policy Award in 2007.  In 2008, Treasury and Risk Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in financeZoe-Vonna served on the Public Oversight Board’s Panel on Audit Effectiveness (1998-2000) and the Auditing Standards Board Fraud Task Force (2000-2002), which developed SAS No. 99, Consideration of Fraud in a Financial Statement Audit.

A CPA, Zoe-Vonna received her Ph.D. and MBA from the University of Washington and B.S. from Oregon State University.

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Robert S. Roussey

bio Robert S. Roussey is a Professor of Clinical Accounting in the Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California.  He retired as a partner of Arthur Andersen Worldwide in 1992.  During his 35-year association with that firm, he served in its offices in New York, Tokyo and Chicago as an engagement partner, and in Chicago as a Worldwide Director of Auditing Policies and Procedures.  Prior to joining USC in 1992, he had also served on the faculty of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Professor Roussey is a past Chair of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (previously known as the International Auditing Practices Committee) of the International Federation of Accountants, and served in that position for five years.   He was a member of the Board since 1991, and has been involved with the activities of the Federation since 1980.  After completing his term as Chair of the IAASB, Professor Roussey served on the Consultative Advisory Group to the IAASB from 2000 to 2011. He was awarded a Special Recognition Award by the AICPA in 2004 for his work in the international auditing area.

Professor Roussey was on the Board of Trustees/Directors of both the IT Governance Institute, and Information Systems Audit and Control Association, and is a past International President of both organizations.

Bob previously served as a member of the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board, was Vice-Chair from Practice of the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association, received the Section’s Distinguished Service in Auditing Award, was a member of the Publications Committee of the Association, was a member of the Board of Research Advisors of the Institute of Internal Auditors, was a member of the COSO Monitoring Task Force, and was also on the Advisory Board of both Fordham University’s Graduate and Undergraduate Schools of Business, along with numerous other professional activities.

Professor Roussey has served on or has been a member of the following editorial boards:  Auditing:  A Journal of Practice & Theory; the Journal of International Accounting Auditing and Taxation; the Journal of International Accounting; Advances in Accounting; and the advisory board of the International Journal of Auditing.  He is listed in the current editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the West.

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Norman N. Strauss

bioNorman Strauss retired as a partner at Ernst & Young LLP in 2001 and then began his second career as E&Y’s Executive Professor in Residence at Baruch College in New York teaching contemporary accounting in the graduate school. He has recently retired from actively teaching but he will continue to chair Baruch’s annual Financial Reporting Conference which is one of the major accounting conferences in the US.

Norm has been E&Y’s National Director of Accounting Standards and a member of the firm’s Accounting and Auditing Committee. He also was Ernst & Young’s representative on the FASB’s Emerging Issues Task Force and the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council. He was Baruch’s and E&Y’s Representative on the Advisory Council for the International Accounting Standards Board. In addition, Norm has previously served as Chairman of the AICPA’s Accounting Standards Executive Committee (AcSEC) and as Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation.

Norm is also is a member of the Financial Reporting Committee of the Institute of Management Accountants. He has an MBA and BBA from Baruch College. He is a frequent lecturer at various seminars, has chaired Baruch’s financial reporting conferences since inception in 2002, and has been published in professional journals including the Journal of Accountancy.

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Roger H. Molvar

bioRoger H. Molvar serves as a director and member of the audit and the compensation, nominating, and governance committees of PacWest Bancorp, the largest independent bank headquartered in Los Angeles. In 2014, CapitalSource Bank merged with PacWest Bank in what was described as one of the top value creating banking transactions of the year. At CapitalSource Bank, Roger was a founding director and chair of both the audit and the risk management committees. Prior board service includes Farmers & Merchants Bank, La Opinión Media, and numerous civic and non-profit entities.

From 2000 to 2004, Roger was chief executive officer of IndyMac Consumer Bank and previously, was an executive officer and management committee member of The Times Mirror Company, which was acquired by media giant Tribune Co. in 2000.

Roger is chairman of the SEC and Financial Reporting Institute at the University of Southern California. He is an active participant in the West Audit Committee Network, which facilitates discussions on enhancing corporate governance, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the AICPA’s Journal of Accountancy. He received his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Washington and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Financial Management at Dartmouth and the Stanford University Advanced Management College.

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James R. Talevich

bioJames Talevich is a member of the Board of Directors of Nova LifeStyle, Inc., an international manufacturing company, where he serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Talevich has extensive experience in public and private offerings, M&A, SEC and legal compliance, audit committee leadership, corporate restructuring and compensation committee effectiveness. He was Chief Financial Officer of I Flow Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed medical technology company, for nine years. During his tenure, the company grew from obscurity into a market leader, culminating in the successful sale of the company for $324 million to Kimberly-Clark with the assistance of Goldman Sachs. Mr. Talevich has a passion for business and a track record of profitable exits, including road shows for six major transactions including two offerings.

Prior to joining I-Flow, Mr. Talevich was Chief Financial Officer of Gish Biomedical (Nasdaq: GISH), and Chief Financial Officer of Tectrix, the leading manufacturer of virtual reality fitness equipment. Previously, he held financial management positions with Mallinckrodt, Sorin (Fiat S.p.A.), Pfizer, SensorMedics, Baxter Travenol Laboratories, and KPMG.

Mr. Talevich has been a member of the Advisory Board Executive Committee of the SEC and Financial Reporting Institute since 2008. Mr. Talevich also serves on the UCLA Anderson School of Management Alumni Board of Directors, and as a member of the Concordia University Healthcare Management Advisory Board. He previously served on the board of directors of AcryMed, Inc., a developer of antimicrobial nanoparticle technologies sold in 2009. He has been a featured panelist in the areas of corporate strategy, M&A, public offerings and corporate governance at events sponsored by BIOCOM, AdvaMed, DeviceAlliance and UCLA.

Mr. Talevich holds a B.A. in Physics from California State University, Fullerton, an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Accounting-Information Systems, and an active license as a Certified Public Accountant.

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Lori Smith

bioLori Smith has nearly 30 years of expertise in accounting, financial reporting, internal control and management both as an audit & assurance partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP and as a company executive of a Fortune 500 public company. Lori graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. degree in Accounting and is a certified public accountant, licensed in California.

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James R. Doty

bioJames R. Doty was appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission as the Chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in January 2011.

From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Doty served as General Counsel of the SEC. In that role, Mr. Doty advised the Commission on matters of law and regulatory policy related to the Commission’s oversight of U.S. securities markets, including initiatives relating to the integrity of financial reporting and disclosure standards in the context of the globalization of capital markets, enforcement practices and policies in the wake of the savings-and-loan crisis, international technical assistance and coordination efforts, and adoption of the Remedies Act of 1990.

Prior to and following his SEC service, Mr. Doty was a partner at the law firm of Baker Botts LLP, which he first joined in 1969. At Baker Botts LLP, he practiced securities and corporate law and counseled boards of directors and audit committees on regulatory and compliance matters, including matters arising under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. He also represented the PCAOB in obtaining a successful result in the United States Supreme Court in the landmark challenge to its constitutionality, Free Enterprise Fund v. PCAOB.

Mr. Doty was presented with a 2011 Statesman Award by the Foreign Policy Association for his commitment to worldwide audit integrity.
Mr. Doty was raised in Houston, Texas. He earned a B.A. in History from Rice University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England. He also received a M.A. in History from Harvard University before getting an L.L.B from Yale Law School.

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Elaine Harwood

bioElaine Harwood is a Vice President with Cornerstone Research and head of the firm’s accounting practice. She has over 13 years of experience in economic and financial consulting in complex litigation, regulatory proceedings, and corporate investigations. Dr. Harwood specializes in financial accounting, financial reporting, and auditing issues. She also consults on liability and damages issues in securities, financial institutions, and breach of contract cases.

Dr. Harwood has consulted with attorneys and supported experts in prominent securities class actions and criminal matters, including In re AOL Time Warner Inc. Securities Litigation and United States of America v. David A. Stockman et al. Her experience includes all phases of SEC and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) enforcement activity from informal investigation, through the Wells process, and in preparation for and participation in trial or administrative hearings.

Dr. Harwood’s expertise includes evaluating whether financial statements were prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and whether audit and review procedures complied with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) or PCAOB standards. She has significant experience in forensic accounting analyses, and has prepared “but-for” financial statements, assessed materiality, and evaluated the adequacy of disclosures contained in SEC filings. Dr. Harwood has served as an expert and filed reports on forensic accounting and damages.

Prior to joining Cornerstone Research, Dr. Harwood was a professor at Boston College. She is a certified public accountant (CPA), is certified in financial forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CFF), and has a Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

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Gregory J. Jonas

bioGregory Jonas became Director of the Office of Research and Analysis (ORA) in August 2012. The Office of Research and Analysis supports and informs the audit oversight activities of the PCAOB through research, risk assessment, data analysis and knowledge management.

Prior to joining the PCAOB, Mr. Jonas was the Managing Director in the Equity Research Group at Morgan Stanley. Previously, he spent six years as a Managing Director at Moody’s Investors’ Service.

Mr. Jonas spent 23 years at Arthur Andersen, where he began as a Staff Accountant before becoming a Partner and then Managing Director in the Professional Standards Group. He ended his tenure there leading the technical functions that supported Andersen’s worldwide audit practice.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Jonas served as Executive Director of the AICPA Special Committee on Financial Reporting, which represented a major effort by the U.S. CPA profession to improve the relevance and reliability of the information companies report to investors. He also served as a Practice Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board, where he addressed emerging practice problems.

Mr. Jonas has published widely, including more than 100 research reports explaining the analytical implications of financial reporting issues, and more than 30 articles on improving business reporting and measuring the quality of financial reporting and audit committees.
Mr. Jonas holds BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan.

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Jean W. Horton

Jean-W.-Horton-PhotoJean W. Horton is a retired PricewaterhouseCoopers partner where he served variously as a financial services audit partner and National office accounting, auditing and SEC technical consultant. Previously, he was in the SEC Office of the Chief Accountant. Subsequently, he served at the Public Oversight Board, and as a consultant to the PCAOB inspection division and the FASB Codification project.

He has been an expert witness for auditing and accounting litigation. He resides in San Marino, CA with his wife Ann.

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David B. Kaplan

bioDave Kaplan retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP on June 30, 2013 with 37 years of accounting, financial reporting and business experience. For the last 18 years he was a member of the U.S. National Professional Services Group Leadership Team and for most of those years either led or co-led the National Accounting Services Group. This group of roughly 100 professionals works closely with the firm’s partners, managers, and clients on determining the appropriate accounting and financial reporting for complex business transactions. The group also has primary responsibility for determining PwC’s position on accounting and financial reporting matters including proposed new standards from U.S. and international accounting standard setters and their committees and task forces. In certain years during this period Dave also was the National Office strategic thought leader.

Dave’s international responsibilities in his last ten years with the firm included being a member of PwC’s Global Accounting Consulting Services Leadership Team that leads the PwC network’s international accounting consulting activities; PwC’s Global Corporate Reporting Task Force which determines the network’s positions on proposed international standards; and PwC’s Global Accounting Committee. Dave also held other international responsibilities including as the leader of Securities and Exchange Commission Foreign Private Issuer Group in the National Office.

From 1995 through 2005 Dave participated in setting certain accounting standards in the US as a member of two U.S. standard setting organizations including six years as a member of the Emerging Issues Task Force and five years as either the Chairman or a member of the Accounting Standards Executive Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (these were two of the three accounting standard setting organizations in the United States at that time). In additional he served as a member of their agenda and planning committees, and coordinated certain of their standard setting activities with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Dave was a frequent public speaker at various large and small financial accounting and reporting seminars and conferences. He also presented to accounting standard setting organizations, securities regulators, boards and trustees of organizations and public companies, participated in Securities and Exchange Commission public hearings, and presented to certain advisory committee members of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Prior to joining PwC’s National Office in 1995, Dave spent 8 years as a partner serving clients in PwC’s Boston office and was the Northeast Region’s Risk Management Partner. Dave joined PwC in 1976 and was admitted to the partnership in 1987. He obtained his undergraduate and Masters’ degrees in accounting from the University of Massachusetts.

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James L. Kroeker

bioJames L. Kroeker was appointed a member and vice chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on September 1, 2013. In the latter role, he assists the FASB chairman in representing the Board to external stakeholders and in conducting its internal operations, in addition to serving as a voting member of the Board.

Mr. Kroeker joins the FASB from Deloitte, where he served as the Deputy Managing Partner for Professional Practice. Prior to joining Deloitte in January 2013, he served as the Chief Accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission from January 2009 until his departure in 2012. In this capacity, Jim served as the senior accounting professional for the Commission and the principal advisor to the Commission on all accounting and auditing matters. In his capacity at the SEC, he was responsible for resolution of a wide range of globally significant accounting and auditing issues.
Since joining the Commission in February 2007, Jim played a key role in efforts to improve the transparency and reduce the complexity of financial disclosure. He served as staff director of the SEC’s Congressionally-mandated study of fair value accounting standards, and he has led the efforts of the Office of the Chief Accountant to address the economic crisis, including steps to improve off-balance sheet accounting guidelines. Jim also served as the Designated Federal Officer responsible for the staff oversight of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting. He also was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office, including resolution of accounting and auditing practice issues, rulemaking, and oversight of the FASB and PCAOB.

Prior to joining the SEC, Jim was a partner at Deloitte in the firm’s Professional Practice Network and was responsible for providing consultation and support regarding the implementation, application, communication and development of accounting standards, including disclosure and reporting matters. Jim was Deloitte & Touche’s representative on the AICPA Accounting Standards Executive Committee (AcSEC). He also served as a Practice Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

Jim received a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Nebraska in May 1992.

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Mark Kronforst

KronforstMark Kronforst is the Chief Accountant in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mark’s previous roles in the Division include Associate Director – Disclosure Operations and Deputy Chief Accountant. He joined the Division as a Staff Accountant in 2004. Before joining the Division, Mark worked for a large SEC registrant as the Director of Financial Reporting and as an audit senior manager in KPMG’s Silicon Valley and Minneapolis offices.

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Daniel Murdock

bioDaniel Murdock – is the Deputy Chief Accountant and head of the Accounting Group within the Office of the Chief Accountant (OCA) at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. The Accounting Group advises the Commission on accounting and auditing matters and works closely with private sector accounting bodies such as the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Public companies, auditors, and other divisions and offices within the SEC regularly consult with the accounting group on the application of accounting standards and financial disclosure requirements.

Before joining the SEC staff, Mr. Murdock served as an industry professional practice director for Deloitte & Touche LLP. At Deloitte, Mr. Murdock was responsible for the financial statement audits of several large companies and served in its national office, where he consulted with clients on technical accounting issues.

Mr. Murdock received a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in accounting from the University of South Florida.

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John F. Murphy

bioJohn F. Murphy is Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of DIRECTV. He is responsible for financial operations, accounting, consolidations, internal and external financial reporting, SEC compliance, revenue assurance, credit and collections, payables and fraud management.

Murphy joined The DIRECTV Group in 2004 as vice president and General Auditor responsible for global internal audit activities and risk management.

He has more than 20 years of experience in finance, planning and analysis, accounting and auditing, as well as extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions. He has been actively involved in numerous transactions valued between $25 million and $40 billion.

Prior to joining DIRECTV, Murphy served as business unit CFO and vice president of Finance and Emerging Businesses for Experian Group Ltd. He was responsible for financial planning and operations of the unit. Previously, Murphy held roles of increasing responsibility in finance and accounting at Fortune 500 companies such as ARCO, Nestle and JDS Uniphase. He previously was head of financial reporting, consolidations and internal audit at International Rectifier and JDS Uniphase, and was head of internal audit for Nestle USA.

He began his professional career in public accounting with Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Murphy holds an M.B.A. from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Fordham University. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (Inactive). Murphy is based at DIRECTV’s El Segundo, Calif. global headquarters.

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Patrick Niemann

bioPatrick Niemann is EY’s Managing Partner for Greater Los Angeles, leading a practice of nearly 1,500 people who serve great clients throughout Southern California. Pat also is a client serving partner, working with companies in the consumer product, manufacturing, technology, and aerospace sectors. He has worked with public and private companies of various sizes, from start-up businesses to Fortune 100 companies.

Previously, Pat managed Ernst & Young’s Greater Los Angeles audit practice, and has served as the industry leader for several sectors, including Consumer Products, Technology, Media and Entertainment, and Japanese Business Services.

Pat is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He currently is a member of the USC Marshall School Dean’s Corporate Advisory Board and the Board of Advisors for USC Marshall School’s Leventhal School of Accounting. Additionally, Pat is the Past President of the USC Accounting Circle Board and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award presented by the USC Leventhal School of Accounting.

In the community, Pat serves as a member of the boards of directors for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, Special Olympics of Southern California, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Town Hall Los Angeles, and the Character Education Partnership.

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James W. Barge

bioJames W. “Jimmy” Barge was named Chief Financial Officer of Lionsgate effective October 1, 2013. He has oversight of all financial operations, planning and strategy and is a member of the Company’s senior management team, reporting to CEO Jon Feltheimer.

Barge previously served as EVP and CFO of Viacom Inc. from 2010-2012 and EVP, Controller, Tax & Treasury, from 2008-2010. While at Viacom, Barge was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s global finances and capital structure as well as Viacom’s IT, risk management and internal audit activities. He helped establish and execute business plans representing over $14 billion in revenue, implemented capital strategy, was instrumental in the company’s M&A, share repurchase and dividend activities, actively managed $8 billion of long term borrowings and related capital markets activity and directed worldwide tax policy.

Prior to joining Viacom, Barge had a 13-year tenure at Time Warner, ultimately serving as Time Warner SVP, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. Before joining Time Warner, Barge served with Ernst & Young in Los Angeles, where he was the Area Industry Leader of the Consumer Products Group and a Regional Partner.

Barge is a Director, Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and Audit Committee member of Scholastic Corporation. He is also a past Board member and Treasurer for United Neighborhood Houses (UNH) of New York and The Ad Council. He is a member of the Advisory Council for The SEC Institute and is also a Distinguished Practitioner Lecturer for the Terry College of Business.

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Susan M. Cosper

bioSusan M. Cosper is the FASB technical director and Chairman of the emerging Issues Task Force, a role she has held since February 1, 2011. Ms. Cosper has responsibility for managing all FASB’s technical projects and activities. Ms. Cosper has more than 22 years of diverse financial reporting and auditing experience. Prior to her appointment at the FASB, she was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). Ms. Cosper joined the Pittsburgh office of PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1992, where she performed audits of private and public companies in PwC’s Assurance practice. From 1998 to 2001, she accepted an international assignment in the Firm’s London office. There, she led global audit engagements and advised clients on international accounting issues. After her return to Pittsburgh, in 2005 she was selected for a three-year fellowship with the FASB, where she held the roles of practice fellow and senior practice fellow. Upon completing the fellowship, she became part of PwC’s national office and, served in PwC’s Financial Instruments, Structured Products, and Real Estate Group in New York City. She earned her B.S. in accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a certified public accountant in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

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DawnDee F. Hankel

bioDawnDee Hankel currently holds the position of External Reporting Controller for Intel. Prior to joining Intel in 2000, DawnDee worked in the Audit Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers Portland, Oregon office, working with clients spanning high-tech, manufacturing and retail. In her 14 years with Intel, she has held a number of positions, including Accounting Policy Manager, Server Division Budgets and Planning Manager and Treasury Accounting Controller.

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Russell P. Hodge

bioRussell Hodge is a Global Technical Controller at General Electric Company. In this role, Russell monitors and actively participates in standard setting projects including joint projects of the IASB and FASB. He is currently a member of the SEC Regulations Committee and the Global Preparers Forum, a formal advisory body to the IASB. His responsibilities also include consulting with GE businesses on technical accounting and reporting matters within areas of expertise.

Prior to joining GE in August 2007, Russell was a Partner in the National Professional Practice of Ernst & Young. In this position, Russell was responsible for consulting with engagement teams on technical accounting and reporting matters, monitoring activities of standard-setting bodies, drafting firm communication materials related to new and existing accounting pronouncements and leading professional education courses.

From April 2003 to June 2005, Russell was a Professional Accounting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As a Professional Accounting Fellow, his responsibilities included consulting with public registrants on accounting and reporting matters, acting as a liaison with professional accounting standard-setting bodies, and participating in the development of the Commission staff’s guidance and rule proposals under Federal Securities laws.

Prior to his experience at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Russell worked for Ernst & Young for ten years, most recently in the firm’s Professional Practice group.

Russell is a graduate of Auburn University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Alabama.

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Scott A. Taub

bioScott A. Taub is a Managing Director of Financial Reporting Advisors, LLC (FRA).  Based in Chicago, Illinois, FRA provides consulting services related to accounting and SEC reporting.  FRA specializes in applying generally accepted accounting principles to complex business transactions, offering clients an unbiased assessment of the accounting literature as applied to their situation.  FRA also provides litigation support and expert services, and FRA’s partners participate in activities to improve financial reporting and the capital markets.  In this regard, Mr. Taub is a member of the IFRS Interpretations Committee (IFRIC), and has served on the board of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA).

From September 2002 through January 2007, Mr. Taub was a Deputy Chief Accountant at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and twice served as Acting Chief Accountant for a total of 14 months.  He played a key role in the SEC’s implementation of the accounting reforms under the landmark Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Chief Accountant, including resolution of accounting and auditing practice issues, rulemaking, oversight of private sector standard-setting efforts, and regulation of auditors.

Mr. Taub represented the SEC in many venues, including the FASB and IASB’s advisory committees, and in front of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises.  He also served as the SEC Observer to the FASB’s Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) and as Chair of the Accounting and Disclosure committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).  Mr. Taub also was a member of the SEC staff between 1999 and 2001 as a Professional Accounting Fellow.

Prior to September 2002, Mr. Taub was a partner in Arthur Andersen’s Professional Standards Group (PSG). In that role, Mr. Taub consulted on complex financial reporting matters; helped establish and disseminate Andersen’s policies regarding financial reporting matters; and represented the firm before standard-setters and regulators.  Mr. Taub consulted and authored interpretive guidance for Andersen on a wide variety of accounting and reporting issues, including revenue recognition, business combinations, compensation arrangements, intangible assets, and investment accounting.  Prior to joining the PSG, he was an auditor in the firm’s Detroit office serving publicly and private companies in a variety of industries.

Mr. Taub is a frequent speaker, having addressed numerous audiences sponsored by a variety of organizations such as the Financial Executives International, the AAA, the AICPA, the Institute of Management Accountants, the Securities Regulation Institute, and the Practising Law Institute.  Mr. Taub writes a periodic column for Compliance Week on financial reporting developments.  He was the primary author of several SEC reports and publications, including the Report and Recommendations Pursuant to Section 401(c) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 On Arrangements with Off-Balance Sheet Implications, Special Purpose Entities, and Transparency of Filings by Issuers and the Study Pursuant to Section 108(d) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 on the Adoption by the United States Financial Reporting System of a Principles-Based Accounting System. He also authors CCH’s Revenue Recognition Guide, a 600-page comprehensive guide to accounting for revenue recognition.

Mr. Taub received an undergraduate degree in economics in 1990 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and won the William A. Paton Award for his performance on the CPA exam that year.  In 2005, Mr. Taub won the SEC’s award for Supervisory Excellence. He is a licensed CPA in Michigan and Illinois.

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Mojgan Vakili

bioMojgan (Mo) Vakili is a Partner in the Los Angeles Office at Deloitte with over 13 years experience in providing risk based accounting and valuation consulting services on a variety of matters ; primarily, focused on financial instruments and complex structured transactions in the financial services industry. In addition, Mojgan specializes in serving mortgage, real estate and asset management companies with complex technical accounting, risk management,and valuation topics.

Mojgan has extensive experience working on various complex areas of accounting and valuation including consolidations, transfers of financial assets, securitizations, mortgage servicing rights, servicing advances, compensatory fees, residual interests, derivatives; also, hedging activities, troubled debt restructurings, loan modifications, loan accounting, investment accounting, and fair value measurements under both U.S. GAAP and IFRS.

Mojgan has worked with clients on significant enterprise transactions which includes: Initial Public Offerings and Business Combinations. Additionally, Mojgan has performed assessments of policies, procedures and practices for managing interest rate risk aroud various aspects of mortgage banking operations and managing pipeline remediation efforts. Likewise, Mojgan has been involved in derivative valuation, and has experience assisting clients with evaluating the adequacy and operational effectiveness of internal control procedures.

Mojgan has participated as an instructor in various training workshops concerning a wide variety of technical accounting matters. Thus, including being a regular speaker at Mortgage Bankers Association conferences and a published author in Mortgage Banking Magazine.

Mojgan received her B.S. in Business & Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1999. She is a licensed CPA in the state of California as well as a member of the AICPA.

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John W. White

bioJohn W. White is a partner in Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s Corporate Department and serves as Chair of its Corporate Governance and Board Advisory practice. From 2006 through 2008, he served as Director of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

During his over 25 years as a partner at Cravath, John has focused his practice on representing public companies and their financial advisors on a wide variety of matters including corporate governance matters, public reporting obligations, public financings and restatements and other financial crises.

John is a member of the Standing Advisory Group (SAG), which advises the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). He has also served on the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC), which advises the Financial Accounting Standard Board (FASB). He is a member of the Board of Trustees (and the audit committee) of the Practising Law Institute and of the SEC Historical Society. He served three years on the New York Stock Exchange’s Legal Advisory Committee, four years as Chairman of the Securities Regulation Institute and five years as Co-chair of PLI’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation.

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Brad Hintz

bioBrad Hintz is the Equity Research Analyst covering the Securities and Asset Management Industries at Sanford Bernstein & Co. since 2001. For the last eleven years he has been nationally ranked by both Institutional Investor Magazine and Greenwich Research Associates.

Prior to joining Bernstein, Brad spent thirteen years on Wall Street serving for three years as the Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of Lehman Brothers Holdings and for ten years at Morgan Stanley Group (NYSE:MS) as a Partner of that firm and its Treasurer.

Formerly, Mr. Hintz was Vice President and Treasurer of Anderson Clayton & Co (Formerly NYSE: AYL), a Houston Texas based, Fortune 200 Consumer Products Company. He also was Group Vice President at The Northern Trust Company (NASDAQ: NTRS) and served in various financial positions at The Standard Oil Company of California (NYSE: CVX).

Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School.

Mr. Hintz grew up in Edina, Minnesota. He serves on the Board of the Krannert School of Purdue University and on the Board of the Marshall School of the University of Southern California. Mr. Hintz is a Lieutenant Commander in the US Naval Reserve.

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George Wilfert

WilfertGeorge Wilfert, Deputy Director, serves as senior technical advisor in the Office of Research and Analysis (ORA), and is responsible for overseeing support to PCAOB staff on complex matters. Mr. Wilfert also collaborates with staff from the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Securities and Exchange Commission on various PCAOB-related matters. Mr. Wilfert joined the PCAOB in 2006 as an Inspections Leader working on the inspections of large firms. He became an Associate Director in the Division of Registration and Inspections in 2009 before moving to ORA, and became a Deputy Director in 2011.

Prior to joining the PCAOB, Mr. Wilfert worked for a decade at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Two of those ten years were spent at the firm’s national office focusing on risk management. Before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr. Wilfert worked for Arthur Andersen. He began his audit career at KPMG Peat Marwick.

Mr. Wilfert earned a B.S. in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University. He is a certified public accountant in California and New Jersey.

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Christopher Smith

WilfertChris is a partner and board member of BDO USA, LLP who serves as the firm’s Professional Practice Leader for Audit and Accounting. With almost 30 years of public accounting experience, Chris has overall responsibility for the technical and administrative practices of BDO’s National Assurance group. Working with the national directors of the firm’s accounting, auditing and SEC practices, as well as the regional managing partners, and overseeing the activities of the regional technical directors, Chris ensures that the firm’s technical and management goals are achieved. He is actively involved in developing and reviewing BDO’s external responses to standard setting and regulatory proposals, as well as representing BDO through various professional committees and working groups.

A member of the AICPA, California State Society of Certified Public Accountants and Montana State University Accounting Advisory Board; Chris received his M.B.A. in Management at the University of San Francisco and his B.S. in Accounting at Montana State University. An instructor for BDO’s internal and external technical programs, as well as a frequent lecturer for various professional organizations, he has authored several courses on a broad range of technical matters.

Chris is a member of the Auditing Standards Board (ASB) of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The ASB is the AICPA’s senior committee for auditing, attestation, and quality control applicable to the performance and issuance of audit and attestation reports for non-issuers. Chris also represents BDO on several other technical and professional standing groups, task forces and committees.

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John W. White

John-W.-White-PhotoJohn W. White is a partner in Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s Corporate Department and serves as Chair of its Corporate Governance and Board Advisory practice. From 2006 through 2008, he served as Director of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission which oversees disclosure and reporting by public companies in the United States. During his over 25 years as a partner at Cravath, John has focused his practice on representing public companies on a wide variety of matters including corporate governance matters, public reporting and disclosure obligations, public financings and restatements and other financial crises. John is a member of the Standing Advisory Group (SAG), which advises the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). He has also served on the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC), which advises the Financial Accounting Standard Board (FASB). He is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Audit Committee of both the Practising Law Institute and the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society. He served three years on the New York Stock Exchange’s Legal Advisory Committee, four years as Chairman of the Securities Regulation Institute and five years as Co-chair of PLI’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation. In 2014 he was selected by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as one of 100 “most influential people in the boardroom and corporate governance community”.

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Herb Perlmutter

Herb-Perlmutter-PhotoHerb is the partner in charge of Deloitte & Touche’s Audit Practice for Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. Herb has over 35 years of experience serving a broad range of public and private companies.

Education
The University of Southern California, May 1978 B.S., Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting

Other Activities
Herb also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Southern California Leventhal School Of Accounting and received the Leventhal School’s 2007 Distinguished Alumnae Award. Herb is a board member and the Treasurer of A Better L.A., an organization founded by Pete Carroll dedicated to reducing violence and transforming inner cities.

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Anthony Ferguson

Anthony-Ferguson-PhotoAnthony Ferguson is an Assurance Partner, and has over 20 years of experience providing accounting, assurance and consulting services to publicly-traded and privately held companies. Anthony is active in the firm’s Technology and Life Sciences and Financial Institutions and Specialty Finance industry group and has worked with a wide range of technology and life science companies including semiconductor designers and manufacturers, start-up and established software developers and publishers, hardware manufacturers, telecommunications infrastructure providers and internet content, advertising and services providers and financial institutions and financial services firms, including banks, credit unions, broker dealers, investment advisors, investment partnerships, and mortgage REITs.

He has extensive experience with a number of different business models and technical matters and has worked with management of domestic and international companies to address their accounting, regulatory and capital markets needs. Anthony has experience assisting clients with their public company transaction and reporting needs, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings and routine periodic reporting. Clients have come to rely on his ability to effectively evaluate and provide advice on the finance and accounting ramifications of a number of complex matters including: revenue recognition models, stock-based compensation and equity instruments, mergers and acquisitions, complex equity and debt financing arrangements, SEC reporting and compliance, internal control related matters, and various domestic and international tax matters.

He has worked with clients in the manufacturing & distribution industries including plastics, paper, metal and electronics manufacturers.

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