Accounting standards authority receives AICPA’s highest honor


 James J. Leisenring (center) receives the AICPA’s 2019 Gold Medal Award of Distinction from Lewis Sharpstone (left) and former AICPA Chair Eric L. Hansen.
James J. Leisenring (center) receives the AICPA’s 2019 Gold Medal Award of Distinction from Lewis Sharpstone (left) and former AICPA Chair Eric L. Hansen. (Photo by Sam Kittner/Sam Kittner Photographer)

James J. Leisenring received the 2019 Gold Medal Award of Distinction, the highest honor granted by the AICPA.

The award recognizes CPAs whose influence on the accounting profession has been especially notable.

Leisenring was awarded for his role in developing U.S. and international accounting standards. He was appointed senior adviser to FASB in 2010 when he retired from the International Accounting Standards Board. He chaired the FASB Derivatives Implementation Group and the Financial Instruments Task Force and was a member of the International Joint Working Group on Financial Instruments. He also served as chairman of the G4+1, a group of national standard setters from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and has served as a chairman of the AICPA Auditing Standards Board.

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