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Dynamic Leader Sought For IESBA Chair

IESBA Looking to Build on Strong Foundation Laid by Dr. Stavros Thomadakis

Feb 22, 2021 | English

The global search for an individual to lead the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) has begun and applications from qualified candidates around the globe are being accepted.

An essential element of the IESBA Chair’s role is to ensure that the activities of the IESBA maintain a public interest focus while developing high-quality ethics, including independence, standards. The Chair brings a strategic mindset to the development and implementation of Board objectives and fulfills several interrelated roles, serving as leader, spokesperson and stakeholder liaison. The incumbent will facilitate the consultative processes that underpin the board’s credibility and activities. He or she will also develop and maintain effective relationships with international oversight authorities and regulatory bodies, national standard setters, investor and corporate governance communities, preparers and other professional accountants in business, accounting firms, professional accountancy bodies, international policy makers and other key stakeholders.

The IESBA Chair must have significant and senior experience and will be well recognized within the professional and regulatory communities. He or she has effective leadership, diplomacy, communication and strategic skills; demonstrated professional competency; and a strong commitment to the IESBA’s mission to protect the public interest.

In line with recommendations of the Monitoring Group detailed in the Strengthening The International Audit And Ethics Standard-Setting System, the IESBA Chair will lead the board through the transition while maintaining the continued effective execution of the IESBA Strategy and Work Plan 2019 - 2023.

The IESBA Chair is a full-time executive position. The Chair is appointed for an initial three-year term, commencing January 1, 2022 and could be re-appointed for a total tenure of nine years. Relocation is not required for this role. However, candidates are expected to have a robust plan for how they would lead the IESBA and staff from a remote location. The role requires a commitment to significant international travel.

A complete job description, along with application instructions, is available online. Applications are due April 30, 2021.

This global search is being conducted by the Interim Nominating Committee, which was established by the Monitoring Group in February 2021 to conduct the selection process for the next IESBA Chair. More information on the Committee is available online.