The American Institute of CPAs has appointed Robert “Bob” Dohrer as chief auditor at the AICPA, succeeding Charles “Chuck” Landes, CPA, the AICPA’s vice president of professional standards – public accounting, who plans to retire early next year.

Dohrer currently works in London for the RSM International network of audit, tax and consulting firms as global leader, quality and risk. There he has overall responsibility for RSM’s audit and other attest services policies, procedures and guidance, along with general risk containment policies for the network. Before joining RSM in 2012, he was national director of assurance services and international assurance services practice leader at McGladrey LLP, which was eventually renamed RSM US. He has 29 years of experience in public accounting, all with RSM International and RSM US.

He currently serves as chairman of the AICPA’s Assurance Services Executive Committee and has led efforts there on System and Organizational Controls, cybersecurity and sustainability. Internationally, he is a member of the International Audit and Assurance Standards Board, where he serves as chair of the IAASB’s Data Analytics Working Group, co-chairs the IAASB Group Audits Task Force and is a member of the IAASB Quality Control Task Force.

“As chief auditor, Bob will serve as the AICPA’s expert on U.S. and international auditing, attestation, quality control, review, compilation and preparation standards, as well as internal control and enterprise risk management,” said AICPA executive vice president for public practice Susan S. Coffey, CPA, CGMA in a statement. “He will lead the Public Accounting Professional Standards team to deliver high-quality standards, and will lead and provide strategic direction to the Auditing Standards Board and Accounting and Review Services Committee, in partnership with their chairs.”

AICPA building in Durham, N.C.
AICPA building in Durham, N.C. Photo: AICPA
AICPA chief auditor Bob Dohrer
AICPA chief auditor Bob Dohrer Photo: AICPA
AICPA vice president of professional standards – public accounting Chuck Landes
AICPA vice president of professional standards – public accounting Chuck Landes Photo: AICPA

She also lauded Landes for his service at the AICPA. “Chuck Landes’ contributions to the profession over the course of his career are numerous and notable,” she said. “In looking to find a successor with Chuck’s unique skill set — an in-depth knowledge of the global profession and auditing and a successful track record — the AICPA sought an individual who understands the audit process for firms of all sizes,” Coffey explained.

Landes has been instrumental in clarifying the AICPA auditing and attestation standards, especially in his recent work around modernizing the audit. He has also been a lead representative with the IAASB and the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission, modernizing preparation, compilation and review standards, and writing standards for the AICPA’s Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities.

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Michael Cohn, editor-in-chief of AccountingToday.com, has been covering business and technology for a variety of publications since 1985.