Phoenix (Nov. 12, 2002) - Speaking for the first time before his peers following Andersen's demise, former chief Joseph Berardino said he was profoundly humbled by the firm's precipitous fall, and offered his views on how to restore the profession's battered reputation.

"I come before you in humility, humbled by the loss of my firm," Berardino, who was suffering from laryngitis, told the crowd of more than 200 CPAs gathered here for an American Institute of CPAs'-sponsored "State of the Profession" conference.

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