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Members of the IASB

James J Leisenring


James J Leisenring

Appointed: January 2001

Term expires: 30 June 2010 

Before joining the IASB he was the first director of international activities at the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) from July 2000.

He joined the staff of the FASB in 1982 as director of research and technical activities and became Chairman of the Emerging Issues Task Force when it was formed in 1984.

He was appointed a member of the FASB in October 1987 and became its vice-chairman in January 1988.

He served as chairman of the FASB Derivatives Implementation Group and the FASB Financial Instruments Task Force.

He was also a member of the International Joint Working Group on Financial Instruments. He was the last chairman of the G4 1 group of standard-setters before it disbanded in January 2001.

Before joining the FASB, he was a partner and director of accounting and auditing for Bristol, Leisenring, Herkner & Co. of Battle Creek, Michigan, a firm that is now a part of Plante & Moran.

He served as Chairman of the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of CPAs and has been a member of several other Institute committees.

From 1964 to 1969 he was a member of the faculty of Western Michigan University.

Mr Leisenring received his BA from Albion College and an MBA from Western Michigan University.

In 2003 he was elected by an international panel to the Accounting Hall of Fame, a highly prestigious award established in 1950 at the Ohio State University�s Fisher College of Business.