Linda (New York, November 11, 2013) Prof. Linda de Beer has been approved as the chair of the Consultative Advisory Group (CAG) to the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) by the Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB)* on the recommendation of the members of the IAASB CAG**. The approval of Prof. de Beer extends her leadership, the first term of which commenced on October 1, 2010, for an additional 18-month period that will end on March 31, 2015.
The IAASB CAG is an independent body of 32 key stakeholders of the IAASB—including regulators, preparers, international investor and user groups, and others with an interest in international auditing and assurance—that provides strategic and technical advice in the public interest to the IAASB. The chair of the CAG plays a key role to ensure that the views of the CAG are heard and considered in the IAASB’s deliberations. The IAASB is an independent standard-setting board that establishes International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) and other pronouncements for use by professional accountants around the world. The PIOB oversees the activities of the IAASB and of the CAG.
Prof. de Beer, who, before her election as chair represented the World Federation of Exchanges on the CAG, is an independent director on a number of listed company boards in South Africa and an advisor on reporting and corporate governance matters, inter alia, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). She is also a visiting professor in Audit and Accounting at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance and a number of South African standard-setting structures. She was also recently appointed as chairman of the Financial Reporting Investigations Panel.
“I am humbled and honored to be re-elected into this position by my CAG colleagues. The esteemed CAG Member Organizations and their Representatives bring a broad range of skills and experiences from across sectors and jurisdictions to the table in informing the work of the IAASB and serving the interest of the public at large. The CAG plays a vital role in ensuring that recipients of assurance services—including preparers and users of financial information as well as regulators—have an appropriate voice in the process of setting standards,” said Prof. de Beer. “In the past three years I have represented the CAG at the IAASB meetings, I have seen remarkable progress, under Arnold’s leadership, in the honest and serious attention that is given to the views of non-auditor stakeholders in the setting of standards for auditors. As a result, significant strides have been made in enhancing the value of an audit, the legitimacy of the auditing profession and thus in serving the public interest.”
Commenting on Prof. de Beer's re-appointment, Prof. Arnold Schilder, chairman of the IAASB, said, “Linda brings a wealth of experience to her leadership role on the IAASB CAG. Her experiences, in South Africa and globally, give her valuable insight, and we are very pleased to be able to continue to work with her."
About the IAASB and IFAC
The objective of the IAASB, an independent standard-setting board within IFAC, is to serve the public interest by setting high-quality auditing and assurance standards and by facilitating the convergence of international and national standards, thereby enhancing the quality and uniformity of practice throughout the world and strengthening public confidence in the global auditing and assurance profession. The Public Interest Oversight Board oversees the activities of the IAASB, and, as one element of that oversight, establishes the criteria for its due process and working procedures.
IFAC (www.ifac.org/) is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 157 members and associates in 122 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce. In addition to setting international auditing and assurance standards through the IAASB, IFAC, through its independent standard setting boards, sets ethics, education, and public sector accounting standards. It also issues guidance to encourage high-quality performance by professional accountants in business.