2010 Keynote Biographies
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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Tom Jones, Director of The Center for the Study of International Accounting Standards
In addition to his preparer activity he has been involved in standard setting for many years. He was chairman of the committee on corporate reporting of the FEI and also chaired the Chief Financial Officers Committee of the American Bankers association. He was a member of the Emerging Issues Task Force for many years and was a member and Vice Chairman of the Financial Accounting Foundation which overseas the activities of the FASB. He also served on the Board of the International Accounting Standards Committee and was the last Chairman of this organization during its transition to the new full time IASB.
Ian Mackintosh, Chairman of the UK Accounting Standards Board
In 2000, Ian joined the Australian Securities and Investments Commission as its Chief Accountant. In that role he had overview of the financial reporting of the financial markets in Australia. In 2002 he joined the World Bank as Manager, Financial Management, South Asia. This involved working with the governments and communities of South Asia on financial reporting, financial management and governance issues.
He was appointed Chairman of the UK Accounting Standards Board in August 2004.
Ian has been involved in accounting standard setting for over 20 years. Roles have included Chairmanship of the Australian Public Sector Accounting Standards Board and the IFAC Public Sector Committee and Deputy Chairmanship of the Australian Accounting Standards Board.
Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Finance and Public Accountancy. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra and a Fellow of that university.
John B. Veihmeyer, Chief Executive Officer, KPMG LLP; Americas Chairman, KPMG International
John has held key leadership positions during his 32-year career with KPMG and has extensive experience dealing with the complex needs of our clients, currently serving as client service partner for several of KPMG's largest clients. He is committed to ensuring that professionalism and integrity are foundational elements of the profession and the firm, and that KPMG is recognized as an Employer of Choice.
John joined the Washington D.C. office of KPMG in 1977 and was elected to the partnership in 1987. In 2005 John became, and continues to serve as, U.S. Deputy Chairman. He is also a member of the Board of KPMG International.
Previously, John was Global Head of Risk Management & Regulatory and a member of KPMG's International Executive Team. Earlier, he was KPMG's Managing Partner for the Mid-Atlantic area, and Managing Partner in Washington, D.C. John also served as partner-in-charge of KPMG's Audit practice in Washington and Baltimore and was the lead SEC partner and professional practice partner for the Mid-Atlantic Area.
John is a member of the Governing Board for the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and previously served as a member of Chairman Christopher Cox's SEC Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies. In the community, he is a member of the Partnership for New York City (PFNYC), Board of Trustees of Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business Advisory Council, 2009-2010 Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board, and a Co-Chair of CEOs Against Cancer. He previously served as the board chairman of the Cultural Alliance of Washington, D.C., and as a member of the executive committee of the boards of the Federal City Council and the Greater Washington Board of Trade.
John was named one of the 2009 Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today magazine. He has also spoken on the critical role of ethics and integrity in leadership, as well as the importance of diversity, at colleges and universities, including the University of Notre Dame, Brigham Young University, the University of Illinois and Howard University.
John received his BBA, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame. He is a licensed CPA in New York, Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia, as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
James L. Kroeker, Chief Accountant of the US Securities and Exchange Commission
Since joining the Commission as Deputy Chief Accountant in February 2007, Mr. Kroeker has played a key role in efforts to improve the transparency and reduce the complexity of financial disclosure. For example, he recently 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 current economic turmoil, including steps to improve off-balance sheet accounting guidelines. Mr. Kroeker 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 has been responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office's accounting group, including resolution of accounting practice issues, rulemaking, and oversight of private sector standard-setting efforts.
Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Kroeker was a partner at Deloitte and Touche LLP in the firm's National Office Accounting Services Group and was responsible for providing consultation and support regarding the implementation, application, communication and development of accounting standards, including disclosure and reporting matters. Mr. Kroeker was Deloitte & Touche's representative on the AICPA Accounting Standards Executive Committee (AcSEC). Mr. Kroeker also served as a Practice Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board.
Mr. Kroeker received a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Nebraska in May 1992.