AICPA Names Castellano to Head Board of Directors


James G. Castellano, CPA, became chairman of the AICPA board of directors in October, succeeding Kathy G. Eddy. In his inaugural speech, Castellano encouraged “playing to the profession’s strength” by promoting the value of assurance services, defending the profession’s right to regulate itself, emphasizing student recruitment and enhancing the profession’s public image. He urged regulators, state societies, educators and employers to work together in conveying to students the benefits of an accounting career.

Castellano is managing partner of Rubin, Brown, Gornstein & Co. LLP in St. Louis. He has chaired several AICPA committees, including the management of an accounting practice, future issues and the private companies practice section (PCPS) technical issues committees. He also served on the CPE and PCPS executive committees and the strategic planning committee and was a member of FASB’s small business advisory group.

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