The Trustees of the IFRS Foundation, responsible for the governance and oversight of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), today announced the appointment of Kurt Schacht as a Trustee. Mr Schacht’s appointment, approved by the IFRS Foundation Monitoring Board, will begin with immediate effect and will expire on 31 December 2017, renewable once for a further three year period.
Mr Schacht is an experienced and highly regarded advocate of investor protection and provides a strong investor voice in the debates internationally regarding accounting policy and financial regulation. For more than a decade, Mr Schacht has served as Managing Director of the CFA Institute, leading its advocacy and regulatory affairs activities across Asia, Europe and the Americas. He currently serves as Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee and is on the advisory board of the Millstein Center for Global Markets at Columbia Law School. He previously served as a member of the standing advisory group for the US Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). He has also worked with the International Corporate Governance Network, the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment Expert Group and the Professionalism and Standards Task Force of Regulated Professions and Industries (PSTF), which was established in 2011 at the request of the G-20 Presidency.
Mr Schacht holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a qualified Attorney, receiving his Law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1983. Before joining the CFA Institute, Mr Schacht held various senior positions in investment companies and in public service.
Commenting on the appointment, Sheila Fraser, Chairman of the Trustees’ Nominating Committee, said:
‘Kurt has an excellent track record of investor advocacy in the development of accounting policy and financial regulation, across the United States and internationally. His experience and advice will greatly benefit the Trustees as we continue our work to establish IFRS as the global language of financial information.’
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Schacht said:
‘I am delighted to serve on the Foundation and look forward to the task of helping to advance a single, high quality set of financial reporting standards across markets. There are interesting challenges embedded in the process of moving ahead with global standards and this requires perspectives and support from many jurisdictions. I am excited by the opportunity to participate in this effort.’
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Mark Byatt, Director of Communications and External Affairs, IFRS Foundation
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Fionnuala Corr, Communications Coordinator, IFRS Foundation
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