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Agenda for Public Hearings on Proposed Auditor Independence Rules

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2000-123

Updated September 13, 2000

Washington, D.C., September 5, 2000 – Today the Commission released the following agenda for public hearings on proposed auditor independence rules to be held in New York City on September 13, 2000:

8:45 am: Opening Remarks
  Morning Session
9:00 am: Panel 1
  Laurence H. Meyer, Governor,
    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Paul A. Volcker, Former Chairman
    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
9:30 am: Panel 2
  David A. Brown, Chairman,
   Ontario Securities Commission

John C. Whitehead, Retired Chairman,
   Goldman Sachs & Co.

Bevis Longstreth,
   Retired Partner, Debevoise and Plimpton
10:15 am: Panel 3
  Gary M. Pfeiffer, Chief Financial Officer,
    E. I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company

Judy Lewent, Senior Vice President
   & Chief Financial Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.
10:45 am: Panel 4
  Kayla J. Gillan, General Counsel,
    California Public Employees' Retirement System

Alan P. Cleveland, Special Legal Counsel,
    New Hampshire Retirement System

Ralph Whitworth, Managing Member,
    Relational Investors, LLC
11:30 am: Panel 5
  Jo Ann Golden, Vice President,
    New York Society of Certified Public Accountants

Dennis Paul Spackman, Chairman,
David Costello, President and Chief Executive Officer,
    National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

William G. Bishop, III, President,
   Institute of Internal Auditors

Jacqueline K. Wagner, General Auditor,
   General Motors Corporation
    [Representing Institute of Internal Auditors]
12:15 pm: Lunch Break
  Afternoon Session
1:00 pm: Panel 1
  Tom Gardner, Co-Founder, The Motley Fool, Inc.
Bernard Blum, Blum Shapiro Financial Services Inc.
    [Representing Financial Planning Association]
1:30 pm: Panel 2
  Domenick J. Esposito, Chief Executive Officer,
    Grant Thornton LLP

Thomas S. Goodkind, Formerly with
   Arthur Andersen & Co.
2:00 pm: Panel 3
  Robert M. Morgenthau, District Attorney, County of New York
2:15 pm: Panel 4
  Jay W. Eisenhofer, Grant & Eisenhofer, P.A.
Charles R. Drott
2:45 pm: Panel 5
  John Guinan, on behalf of
    Stephen G. Butler, Chairman, KPMG LLP

Robert K. Elliott, Chairman
Barry Melancon, President and Chief Executive Officer
Harold L. Monk, Jr., Chairman
    of the PCPS Executive Committee

Gordon A. Viere, Chairman of the Practice Group B
    Advisory Committee

Gary S. Shamis, Chairman of the PCPS Management of
    an Accounting Practice Committee
    [Representing the American Institute of
    Certified Public Accountants]
3:15 pm: Panel 6
  Robert Fox, New York State Board for Public Accountancy
Larry Gelfond, Colorado Accountancy Board
Baxter Rice, California State Board of Accountancy
Anne Ross,
Robert Wilkes,

    South Carolina Accountancy Board
4:15 pm: Break
4:30 pm: Panel 7
  Graham Ward, President,
    The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England
    and Wales

Elise Neils, Director, Brand Finance plc
5:00 pm: Panel 8
  Thomas C. DeFazio, Executive Vice President
    & Chief Financial Officer,
    VirtualCom Incorporated

Richard J. Stegemeier, Chairman Emeritus of
    the Board of Directors,
    UnoCal Corporation
5:30 pm: Panel 9
  Daniel Dustin, New York State Education Department
Rajib Doogar, Visiting Assistant Professor,
    Department of Accountancy,
    University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana

David Dasgupta, Former AICPA Official
6:15 pm: Conclusion

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Modified:09/13/2000