The Top 10 People in Accounting - 2012

The most influential people in the field of accounting, according to our survey of their fellow candidates.

The Most Influential People The Most Influential People

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 votes they received from the 113 candidates.

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No. 10 No. 10

Hans Hoogervorst

Chairman, International Accounting Standards Board

No. 9 No. 9

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No. 8 No. 8

Gary Boomer

CEO, Boomer Consulting

No. 7 No. 7

Leslie Seidman

Chair, Financial Accounting Standards Board

No. 6 No. 6

Ron Baker

Founder, VeraSage Institute

No. 5 No. 5

Douglas Shulman

Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

No. 4 No. 4

Tom Hood

CEO and executive director, Maryland Association of CPAs

No. 3 No. 3

James Doty

Chairman, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

No. 2 No. 2

Mary Schapiro

Chair, Securities and Exchange Commission

No. 1 No. 1

Barry Melancon

President and CEO, American Institute of CPAs

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