The Top 10 People in Accounting
The most influential people in the field of accounting, according to our survey of their fellow candidates.
Each year as part of our Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting list, we ask candidates for the list to name who they think are the most influential people in the field and here they are, ranked by the number of nominations they received from the 122 candidates.
President and CEO, American Institute of CPAs
As head of the 370,000-member institute, Melancon is bound to be influential but with more nominations than the next three people combined, its clear his standing doesnt come just from the position he occupies. T100 candidates noted his tremendous leadership, the respect he has earned over the years, his vision, and his political savvy, as well as specific achievements like the AICPAs co-creation of a global management accountant credential. He is addressing issues and challenges that few of us have even considered, one candidate noted.
Chair, Securities and Exchange Commission
A strong leader at the SEC at a time of re-evaluation and transition, as one T100 candidate described her, Schapiro has the whole profession (and the rest of the business world) waiting on her decision on whether the U.S. will adopt IFRS, and if so, how.
Chair, Financial Accounting Standards Board
Our T100 candidates saw Seidman facing a perfect storm of standard-setting issues: completing the convergence agenda with the IASB even as she prepares FASB for the potential advent of IFRS in the U.S., all while working to keep her board engaged and relevant in the private company standards debate.
Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service
IRS commissioners are, by default, hugely influential, but the bold and ambitious Shulman has gone well beyond that, reshaping the services relations with taxpayers and practitioners through preparer registration and a technology-driven vision of frictionless compliance.
Chair, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
Doty has shaken up the profession with his willingness to question fundamental issues, like the nature of the auditors report, and the inherent potential conflict of interest in the auditors position. One T100 candidate dreamed, If only more of our accounting regulators would be as candid as Doty about the challenges the profession faces.
Chief accountant, Securities and Exchange Commission
The final decision on IFRS may lie with the SEC commissioners, but one T100 candidate said that Kroeker holds within his hands the ability to shape the SECs policies according to how he frames the issues for them and thats on top of the chief accountants already-influential role.
Vice president of small firm interests, American Institute of CPAs
A gifted communicator who listens to the needs of members to steer the priorities of the AICPA, Metzler enjoys tremendous respect as an advocate for the many small firms who make up the bulk of the profession.
Chair, International Accounting Standards Board
With IFRS one of the premiere issues in accounting, the new chair of the IASB wields enormous influence. The T100 candidates noted his heavy to-do list: continuing convergence with FASB, while persuading the U.S. to adopt his standards without too many changes or carve-outs. The former Dutch finance minister has his work cut out for him.
Vice president of firm services & global alliances, American Institute of CPAs
The heir apparent to Jim Metzler, as one T100 candidate called him, Koziel is the youngest person in the Top 10, and those who nominated him particularly noted his ability to help firms understand and deal with the radical changes they face. Yet another lauded him for effectively changing peoples perceptions of the AICPA.
CEO, Boomer Consulting
Technology and firm management guru Gary Boomer is the only person in the Top 10 whos not a regulator or an AICPA staffer. Instead, hes a consultant who has helped hundreds of firms of all sizes build stronger, more efficient, more profitable practices. As one T100 candidate put it: They count on him for solid advice -- and he delivers.
For the complete list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting of 2011, you can access the digital edition at http://www.accountingtoday.com/ato_issues/25_9/Top-100-Most-Influential-People-Accounting-59963-1.html