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Statement From Chairman Schapiro on Financial Accounting Foundation Developments


Washington, D.C., Aug. 24, 2010 — The following is a statement from SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro regarding today's announcement by the Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) that the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) will expand to seven members. In addition, FASB Chairman Robert Herz has decided to retire from the FASB, and current FASB member Leslie Seidman has been appointed Acting Chairman effective October 1.

"I commend the Financial Accounting Foundation for its ongoing efforts to evaluate and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the structure and operation of the Financial Accounting Standards Board by increasing the size of the Board. The Foundation has determined that this revised structure will facilitate the continuing efforts of the FASB to work with the International Accounting Standards Board on their important convergence work plan. In addition, this should enhance the ability of the FASB to address issues facing the U.S. capital markets and the needs of investors.

"I also would like to commend FASB Chairman Robert Herz for his more than eight years of service. During his tenure, Chairman Herz has served as an effective investor advocate to improve the quality of financial reporting standards around the world. I welcome the appointment of Leslie Seidman as Acting Chairman. During this interim period, I look forward to working with Acting Chairman Leslie Seidman and the FASB as they continue their important work."

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Modified: 08/24/2010