CHARLES H. NOSKI ELECTED FAF BOARD CHAIR;
BOARD NAMES FIVE OTHERS AS NEW FAF TRUSTEES
Norwalk, CT—December 8, 2015—Charles H. Noski has been
elected chair of the Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting
Foundation (FAF), effective January 1, 2016, the Trustees announced
The FAF is the parent organization of the Financial Accounting Standards
Board (FASB) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
Mr. Noski has served as chief financial officer, audit committee chair,
and in other senior executive and governance roles at major U.S.
corporations. He will serve an initial term of three years as chair of
the FAF Trustees, succeeding Jeffrey J. Diermeier, former president and
CEO of the CFA Institute. Mr. Diermeier´s term ends on December 31,
The FAF also announced the appointment of five other new Trustees, each to a five-year term beginning January 1, 2016:
"As a board member and audit committee chair for major corporations,
Chuck Noski will bring to the Board of Trustees a deep appreciation of
the role that high-quality accounting standards play in promoting
investor confidence in companies and capital markets," Mr. Diermeier
said. "That, coupled with his experience as a chief financial officer
and independent auditor, gives Chuck an important perspective on the
concerns of all of our stakeholders."
- Charles M. Allen, a partner and vice chairman with Crowe Horwath LLP
- Christine M. Cumming, retired first vice president and chief operating officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
- Eugene Flood, Jr., a member of the board of
directors of Janus Capital Group, Inc., and a former board member of
other major asset management firms, including TIAA-CREF and Smith
Breeden Associates, Inc.
- Kenneth B. Robinson, former chief audit executive and global risk and compliance leader of the Procter & Gamble Company
- Diane M. Rubin, retired audit partner and quality control partner of Novogradac & Company LLP.
Mr. Diermeier added, "Charles Allen, Christine Cumming, Eugene Flood,
Kenneth Robinson, and Diane Rubin bring extensive experience and widely
diverse backgrounds to the FAF Board of Trustees. Their insights will
help the Trustees better support the standard-setting process for all
stakeholders of the FASB and the GASB."
Noting that the investor perspective is critical to the organization´s
mission, Mr. Diermeier said, "With the appointment of the six new
Trustees announced today, the FAF will maintain the largest
representation of investors on its Board in its 43-year history. In
fact, investors represent our largest single group of Trustees. Five of
the 18 Trustees who will serve in the coming year have direct experience
as investors. Five investor Trustees served on the Board in 2015, four
from 2012 to 2014, three from 2009 to 2011, and two from 2003 to 2009."
Mr. Noski said, "I´m honored to have been elected chair of the FAF Board
of Trustees. My experience as chair of the Financial Accounting
Standards Advisory Council gave me important insight into the work of
the FAF and its standard-setting Boards. I´m committed to working
collaboratively with the Trustees and our Boards to ensure that our
standard-setting process continues to improve to meet and balance the
needs of our diverse stakeholders."
Four of the six new Trustee appointments will fill upcoming vacancies on
the Board of Trustees. In addition to Mr. Diermeier, Trustees whose
terms conclude on December 31, 2015, are Carol Anthony (John) Davidson,
Stephen R. Howe, Jr., and W. M. (Mack) Lawhon.
The fifth appointment will fill an existing vacancy created by the
resignation in late 2014 of former Trustee Teri List-Stoll. The sixth
appointment was made at the discretion of the Trustees, who are
permitted to name as many as 18 members to the Board.
The Trustees also reappointed Trustee Terry D. Warfield, PwC Professor
in Accounting and chair of the Department of Accounting and Information
Systems at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mr. Warfield´s new term
will end on December 31, 2018.
FAF President and Chief Executive Officer Teresa S. Polley said, "On
behalf of the FAF, I want to thank Jeff Diermeier for his years of
dedicated service, first as a member and later as chair of the FAF Board
"Under Jeff´s leadership, the Trustees helped make the standard-setting
process more accessible to a broader range of stakeholders through the
new Private Company Council. Earlier, Jeff served as co-chair of the
Standard-Setting Process Oversight Committee, assisting the Trustees in
assessing the effectiveness of the FASB and GASB´s standard-setting
process. We very much appreciate Jeff´s many contributions.
"We also want to thank our other departing Trustees—including Vice Chair
John Davidson, Steve Howe, and Mack Lawhon—for their commitment and
service to our organizations," Ms. Polley added. "We are particularly
appreciative of Mack´s work in serving as the first chair of the Private
Company Review Committee, which helped get the Private Company Council
off to a successful start."
Below are brief biographical sketches of the new Trustees:
Charles H. Noski retired as vice chairman of Bank of
America Corporation in 2012, after serving as the corporation´s
executive vice president and chief financial officer. He joined Bank of
America in 2010, following the onset of the financial crisis.
Presently, he serves as a member of the board of directors and chair of
the audit committees of Avon Products, Inc. and Microsoft Corporation,
and as a director of The Priceline Group Inc., and the National
Association of Corporate Directors. Previously, Mr. Noski served on the
boards of directors of Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Automatic
Data Processing, Inc., Avery Dennison Corporation, and Morgan Stanley.
Earlier, he was vice president and chief financial officer and a
director of Northrop Grumman Corporation, a senior advisor at Blackstone
Group L.P., vice chairman of the board of directors and chief financial
officer of AT&T Corporation, and executive vice president and chief
financial officer of United Technologies Corporation. Mr. Noski began
his career with Deloitte & Touche LLP in 1973, spending seven years
as an audit partner prior to joining Hughes Electronics Corporation in
1990 and advancing from senior financial roles to president and chief
Charles M. Allen is a partner with Crowe Horwath LLP.
Mr. Allen served as Crowe Horwath LLP´s chief executive officer for
eight years, moving to the role of vice chairman in April 2015. He also
is co-chairman of Crowe Horwath International, along with the principal
partner of the Chinese member firm. With 40 years of experience, Mr.
Allen is known for providing strategic assistance to private and
cross-border investors in accounting, reporting, and related business
issues involved in acquiring and financing targeted companies. He also
advises companies on risk, regulatory compliance and governance.
Christine M. Cumming, Ph.D., retired first vice
president and chief operating officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New
York, served various leadership roles with the bank from 1979 to 2015.
In her most recent role, she founded and chaired the bank´s first
Operational Risk Committee and sponsored the creation of the bank´s
first risk function with a chief risk officer in 2009. Dr. Cumming also
served as a member of the Federal Reserve System´s committee on
investment performance for eight years.
Eugene Flood, Jr., Ph.D., serves on the Board of Janus
Capital Group. Inc., an asset management holding company with
approximately $176 billion in assets under management. He also has
served on the boards of TIAA-CREF and Smith Breeden Associates. Dr.
Flood has had a distinguished and varied career including 12 years with
Morgan Stanley and 5 years as an assistant professor of finance with
Kenneth B. Robinson, former chief audit executive and
global risk and compliance leader with the Procter & Gamble
(P&G) Company, joined P&G in 1977 and served in a variety of
global financial and accounting and compliance leadership roles during
his career. In his most recent role, Mr. Robinson led P&G´s global
internal audit function and developed and implemented its enterprise
risk and compliance framework.
Diane M. Rubin is a retired audit partner and quality
control partner with Novogradac & Company LLP, a national public
accounting firm with a large roster of private company clients.
Novogradac provides a full spectrum of audit, tax, valuation, and other
services, with a focus on affordable housing, community development, and
renewable energy fields. Previously, Ms. Rubin owned a diversified
auditing, accounting, and tax practice. She is an inaugural member of
the FAF´s Private Company Council (PCC) and will serve until her term
expires on December 31, 2015.
About the Financial Accounting Foundation
Established in 1972, the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) is the
independent, private-sector, not-for-profit organization based in
Norwalk, Connecticut responsible for the oversight, administration,
financing, and appointment of the Financial Accounting Standards Board
(FASB) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). The FASB
and GASB establish and improve financial accounting and reporting
standards – known as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, or GAAP –
for public and private companies, not-for-profit organizations, and
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