As I celebrated - or, perhaps more appropriately, marked - my fifth anniversary at the helm of Accounting Today, I harkened back to the myriad changes that have impacted the profession since I first sat behind my desk in 2000. I won't bore you with a rehash of the Enron/WorldCom scandals, the collapse of Andersen or the passage of Sarbanes-Oxley, as important as those are.

What I found interesting was that, with last month's confirmation of Rep. Christopher Cox as the new Securities and Exchange Commission chairman, the California lawmaker became the fourth head of that regulator during my tenure. (Actually there were six, if you count interim chairs.) That's a lot of disparate philosophies heading the investor protection agency over a five-year period.

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