PCAOB chairman resigns
Mark Olson, chairman of the US audit watchdog to step down, citing personal reasons
Mark Olson, chairman of the US Public Company Accounting Oversight Board,
said he is resigning his post at the end of July, but did not elaborate on the
reasons, WebCPA reported.
In a letter of resignation, Olson, 66, simply said, “The decision is entirely
personal and reflects my desire at this time of life to establish new
priorities,” WebCPA said.
Olson was named PCAOB chairman on June 26, 2006, after serving on the board
of governors of the Federal Reserve, according to WebCPA. The
resignation will take effect after more than three years of service in the job,
on July 31, 2009.
He was appointed by the SEC to run the board, which inspects accounting firms
that perform audits on public companies.
The PCAOB is also due to begin inspecting accounting firms that audit
non-public broker-dealers, such as the three-person accounting firm that audited
Bernard Madoff’s investment management firm.
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