Gaylen R. Hansen has been reappointed as the chair of the Consultative Advisory Group (CAG) to the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA), effective October 1, 2022. Mr. Hansen’s reappointment, approved by the Public Interest Oversight Board, follows his re-election by IESBA CAG members at the September 2022 CAG meeting.
The IESBA CAG is an independent body comprising regulators, preparers, international investors and user groups, and other stakeholders interested in developing and maintaining high-quality international ethics (including independence) standards for professional accountants and designed to serve the public interest.
"It is an honor to be re-elected by my colleagues," said Mr. Hansen. "I am confident that the IESBA CAG will continue to play an important role in providing invaluable advice not only on IESBA's key projects for the coming year but also on its future strategic vision and goals."
"Under Gaylen’s stewardship, the CAG has made significant contributions to the IESBA's standard-setting projects. The CAG’s perspectives, insights, and suggestions have enriched the IESBA’s considerations and deliberations in the broadest possible sense, enabling the board to advance high-quality ethics and independence standards in the public interest," said Gabriela Figueiredo Dias, IESBA Chair.
Mr. Hansen will serve as IESBA CAG Chair until December 31, 2023, when the IESBA CAG and the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) CAG will both be transitioned to a new IAASB and IESBA Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC). The creation of the SAC1 is one of the outcomes of implementing the Monitoring Group’s recommendations regarding strengthening the international audit and ethics standard-setting system.
About Mr. Hansen
Mr. Hansen retired as an audit partner of EKS&H in 2018 following over forty years of engagement in the accounting profession. His career has encompassed lengthy periods in public practice as an auditor and quality control partner and briefly as the controller of a small private company that went public during his tenure. Since 2010, he has represented the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) on the Consultative Advisory Groups (CAGs) for the IESBA and the IAASB.
Previously he has served on the AICPA's Auditing Standards Board, which promulgates practice standards for the audits of all U.S. non-issuers, as a chair of NASBA and on the Colorado State Board of Accountancy, which regulates and disciplines all the state's certified public accountants and their firms. He has also served on the AICPA's Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC), establishing and enforcing the ethics and independence requirements in the AICPA's Code of Professional Conduct. He is a former member of the PCAOB's Standing Advisory Group (SAG) and, during 2007 – 2008, served on the U.S. Treasury's Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession (ACAP).
About the IESBA CAG
The IESBA Consultative Advisory Group (CAG) is an integral and important part of the IESBA's formal process of consultation. Representatives of CAG member organizations provide advice on numerous areas, including the IESBA's agenda, project timetable (work program) and priorities, and technical advice on projects and other matters of relevance to the activities of the IESBA.
About the IESBA
The IESBA is an independent global standard-setting board. The IESBA's mission is to serve the public interest by setting ethics standards, including auditor independence requirements, which seek to raise the bar for ethical conduct and practice for all professional accountants through a robust, globally operable International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (including International Independence Standards) (the Code).
The IESBA believes a single set of high-quality ethics standards enhances the quality and consistency of services provided by professional accountants, thus contributing to public trust and confidence in the accountancy profession. The IESBA sets its standards in the public interest with advice from the IESBA Consultative Advisory Group (CAG) and under the oversight of the Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB).
1 The call for nominations for membership of the new SAC is expected to be issued in Q1 2023.