Aulana L. Peters, a retired partner with the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles, received the AICPA’s 2010 Medal of Honor.
Olivia F. Kirtley, chair of the AICPA’s Awards Committee, presented the award at the fall meeting of the Institute’s governing Council.
The Medal of Honor, the AICPA’s highest honor presented to a non-CPA, is awarded to an individual whose work has influenced the profession significantly.
Peters served as a public member of the Institute’s board of directors, governing Council and as a member of the Public Oversight Board, and on its Blue Ribbon Panel on Audit Effectiveness.
She was also a member of the Steering Committee for FASB’s Financial Reporting Project.
Peters was the first African American to serve as a commissioner of the SEC, where she took a particular interest in the accounting profession’s role in capital markets.
She is a member of the Public Interest Oversight Board for the International Federation of Accountants and of the Accountability Advisory Council to the U.S. Comptroller General. She also is a member of the board of directors at Deere & Co., Northrop Grumman Corp. and 3M, and is a member of the Mayo Clinic board of trustees.
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