Wednesday, August 25, 2010

FASB Chairman Herz resigns

The chairman of the FASB, Robert Herz, unexpectedly resigned yesterday, effective October 1. There is concern that his departure, and the simultaneous announcement of the Financial Accounting Foundation, the FASB's parent, that the FASB will be increased from 5 to 7 members (undoing a change in 2008), will delay the projects currently underway, including the lease accounting rewrite. The boards have been pushing hard to complete a large number of convergence projects by the end of June 2011, which incidentally is the end of service for the IASB's chairman, Sir David Tweedie. But will FASB want to make all these major decisions with an incomplete board?

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