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(New York, New York, May 8, 2014)

The Call for Applications: Chair of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) was issued today.

The Chair will lead the strategic direction of the IESBA, serving on a remunerated basis for a minimum of 150 days per year beginning January 1, 2015. He/she will work closely with the IESBA senior staff to facilitate the deliberative and consultative processes that underpin the authority of the IESBA and the legitimacy of its standards and activities. In addition, the Chair will be involved in developing and maintaining effective relationships with national standard setters, regulators, and other key stakeholders.

The successful candidate should have effective leadership, communication, and strategic skills; demonstrated technical and professional competency; and a commitment to the IESBA and its mission to protect the public interest. He or she will have very significant and senior experience. Exposure to professional ethical issues at a national, regional, or international level would be an asset, as would familiarity with regulatory and standard-setting processes. Only individuals who possess the highest integrity will be considered. The preferred candidate is an individual who is not a professional accountant. Candidates who are professional accountants will need to demonstrate their independence from the accountancy profession.

The IESBA Chair reports functionally to the Public Interest Oversight Board on matters related to the Board’s work program and refers to the Managing Director, Professional Standards, as a resource and key source of advice.

The IESBA is an independent standard-setting body that develops and issues the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (the Code). The Code includes standards on auditor independence and is applicable to the actions and decisions of all professional accountants, including those in business.

For further information about the position, please see the Call for Applications: Chair of the IESBA on the IFAC website. Applications are due by June 6, 2014.

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.

About IFAC
The International Federation of Accountants (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. It is comprised of 179 members and associates in 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.

Jennifer DiClerico
Head of Communications

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