The Securities and Exchange Commission has named former Andersen partner Julie A. Erhardt to serve as deputy chief accountant.

Erhardt, 43, will assume her new duties at the SEC in late October. As deputy chief accountant, she will report to the chief accountant, Donald T. Nicolaisen. Erhardt will share responsibilities for the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Chief Accountant with Scott Taub and Andrew Bailey, including resolution of accounting and auditing issues, rulemaking projects, and oversight of private sector standard-setting efforts and regulation of auditors. She will also work closely with various international organizations, including the International Accounting Standards Board and the International Federation of Accountants, on issues relating to convergence of accounting, auditing and reporting standards.

Erhardt spent the last year as a Sloan Fellow at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, where she received a Master's in management. Before that, she spent seven months on an interim assignment with the International Accounting Standards Board in London.

Erhardt spent the bulk of her career at Arthur Andersen LLP, where she was admitted as a partner in 1998. Erhardt worked as an auditor in the firm's Detroit office for nine years before spending eight years in Andersen's Professional Standards Group. She also served a two-year fellowship at the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

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