IASB to add member from U.S.

BY KEN TYSIAC

U.S. representation on the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) won’t decrease with the end of Paul Pacter’s term, as another U.S. representative, Mary Tokar, has been appointed to the board.

Tokar, a CPA, has served more than 10 years as the global leader for KPMG’s international financial reporting group, helping companies around the world adopt and apply IFRS. She previously worked as the SEC’s senior associate chief accountant for international issues.

She will join the IASB in January for a term that will end June 30, 2017, when she will be eligible to have her term renewed for three years. Her appointment could soften concerns that the IASB will shun U.S. representation and influence as a result of the SEC’s continuing indecision on whether to allow or require U.S. issuers to file financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS.

“Mary brings a wealth of experience in the implementation of IFRS around the world,” IASB Chairman Hans Hoogervorst said in a statement. “She is an excellent choice to follow in the footsteps of Paul Pacter, who will be retiring from the board at the end of the year.”

Tokar’s appointment means that the number of IASB members from the United States will remain at three.
 
Pacter, a former Financial Accounting Foundation executive director, was appointed to the IASB on July 1, 2010. His term expires Dec. 31.

Ken Tysiac ( ktysiac@aicpa.org ) is a JofA senior editor.

SPONSORED REPORT

Questions to ask before committing to the cloud

Cloud computing has its pros and cons. In this report, we answer common questions CPAs may have as they consider transitioning partially or fully to the cloud.

QUIZ

News quiz: Experts offer guidance on accounting standards

Take this short quiz to see how much you know about the news, including a couple of SEC announcements, and facts cited in the guidance experts have offered on accounting standards.

CHECKLIST

Auditing risks in culture

Cultural flaws can seriously damage an organization. Here’s how internal auditors can reduce risks by embedding culture audits into existing audit programs.