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Dr. Stavros Thomadakis Reappointed as IESBA Chairman

Jul 25, 2019 | New York, New York | English

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) is pleased to announce the reappointment of Dr. Stavros Thomadakis as IESBA Chairman for a further one-year renewable term commencing 1 January, 2020, which was recently approved by the Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB).

Dr. Thomadakis has chaired the IESBA since 2015. His dedication to high quality, fit-for-purpose ethics standards for the global accountancy profession is reflected in the IESBA’s ambitious Strategy and Work Plan 2019–2023.

Under his leadership, the IESBA has revised and restructured the International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (including International Independence Standards), which became effective in June 2019. In addition, the IESBA recently launched the eCode – a web-based tool that delivers the Code on a digital platform.

“The IESBA continues to address challenging issues affecting the accounting profession with high-quality future-ready ethics and independence standards. That very goal underpins our ongoing coordination with the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB). The IESBA is committed to supporting global adoption and implementation of the Code with innovative tools that increase the Code’s accessibility and usability,” said Dr. Thomadakis. “I look forward to working further with board colleagues, IESBA staff, our Consultative Advisory Group and our global stakeholders to elevate ethics and advance the IESBA’s multiple projects in the public interest.”

Dr. Thomadakis is Emeritus Professor of financial economics at the University of Athens and an active member of the Hellenic Council for Corporate Governance. He was Chairman of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission from 1996 to 2004. From 2005 to 2011, he served as the first Chairman of the Public Interest Oversight Board. Until late 2015, Dr. Thomadakis was a member of the Securities and Markets Stakeholders Group of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).


About the IESBA
The 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 for more information, and follow us on Twitter @Ethics_Board

About IFAC
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 more than 175 members and associates in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing almost 3 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.