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Kristian Koktvedgaard Appointed Chair of Ethics Board Consultative Advisory Group
Kristian Koktvedgaard has been appointed chair of the Consultative Advisory Group (CAG) to the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA or the Ethics Board). The Ethics Board is an independent standard-setting board that develops and issues, in the public interest, the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants for global application by professional accountants operating both in business and in practice.
The IESBA CAG* is an independent body that provides the forum in which the representatives of its various member organizations—including regulators, preparers, and others with an interest in international ethics standards for professional accountants, including auditor independence—provide advice on technical and public interest matters relating to the drafts of the Ethics Board’s standards and strategy.
As a senior advisor focusing on auditing and accounting with the Confederation of Danish Industry, Kristian Koktvedgaard currently represents BUSINESSEUROPE on the IESBA CAG and the CAG of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. He was elected by the IESBA CAG membership to succeed the current chair, Richard Fleck, who has served as the first independent chair of the IESBA CAG since May 2006. Kristian Koktvedgaard’s appointment—a three-year term effective July 1, 2013—has been approved by the Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB), which oversees the activities of the Ethics Board and of the CAG.
The chair of the CAG acts as the primary representative of those who use or rely on the Ethics Board’s standards and guidance and encourages a deeper understanding by the Ethics Board of the public's needs and expectations. The chair of the IESBA CAG provides leadership direction to the CAG, overseeing the achievement of the CAG's objectives. As the CAG’s liaison with the PIOB, the Ethics Board, and identified key stakeholders, the chair is also responsible for communicating the views of the CAG to these bodies and conveying the views of these bodies to the CAG.
“I congratulate Mr. Koktvedgaard on his appointment to this important role,” said Mr. Fleck. “His broad knowledge and experience working on ethics, audit, and accounting issues will be great assets to the CAG as it provides public interest input to the Ethics Board.”
Commenting on the appointment, Jörgen Holmquist, chair of the Ethics Board, said, “Kristian’s experience and expertise as a senior advisor on policy matters relating to the accountancy profession will serve him well in leading the CAG to provide effective public interest input to the development of our standards and guidance. I very much look forward to working with him in his role as chair of the CAG.”
Kristian Koktvedgaard is a member of the Danish Accounting Council and the Danish disciplinary tribunal for State Authorized and Certified Public Accountants. He is also actively involved in the Danish Accounting Forum, a body that brings together Danish stakeholders to discuss accounting issues. In addition, he is a member of the BUSINESSEUROPE Accounting Sounding Board and has represented BUSINESSEUROPE in audit matters on numerous occasions. Previously, he served on the Danish Supervisory Authority on Auditing.
Kristian Koktvedgaard stated, “The IESBA CAG plays a vital role in enabling all those concerned in the work of, or services provided by, professional accountants—regulators, preparers, users of financial information, and other participants in the financial reporting supply chain—to have a voice in the development and maintenance of standards that ensure a high level of ethical conduct by professional accountants. It is critical for the credibility of professional accountants to have these constituents involved in the setting of high-quality ethics standards for the profession. I am truly honored that my colleagues on the CAG have appointed me to lead the CAG in this role, and I look forward to the challenge. I also would like to take this opportunity to recognize the vision, leadership, and commitment that Richard Fleck brought to the CAG over the past seven years.”
About the IESBA
The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) is an independent standard-setting board that develops and issues, in the public interest, high-quality ethical standards and other pronouncements for professional accountants worldwide. Through its activities, the IESBA develops the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants, which establishes ethical requirements for professional accountants. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IESBA are facilitated by IFAC. Please visit www.ethicsboard.org for more information.
IFAC 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 173 members and associates in 129 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.
*IESBA CAG Members (As at July 1, 2013)
Asian Financial Executives Institutes
Basel Committee on Banking Supervision
European Federation of Accountants and Auditors for SMEs
European Financial Executives Institutes
Fédération des Experts-Comptables Européens
Gulf States Regulatory Authorities
Institute of Internal Auditors
International Association of Insurance Supervisors
International Corporate Governance Network
International Organization of Securities Commissions
International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
North American Financial Executives Institutes
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Monitoring Board
UK Financial Reporting Council
World Federation of Exchanges
IESBA CAG Observers (As at July 1, 2013)
IFAC Small and Medium Practices Committee
US Public Company Accounting Oversight Board