New York -- Urging financial executives to become “role models for good corporate behavior” in the era of Sarbanes-Oxley, Securities and Exchange Commission chair William Donaldson reminded attendees at the Financial Executives International confab that they are an integral line of defense against corporate malfeasance.

“Help us fulfill this important mandate,” Donaldson implored in an opening-day keynote before several hundred CFOs, controllers and directors. “American investors are a loyal and resilient group, but regulators cannot restore confidence alone. You can be a force for reform. Insist on high standards.”

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