Leslie Seidman, the outgoing chair of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, spoke about her experiences leading the board and its work on the upcoming revenue recognition standard during a sometimes emotional speech Wednesday that will be the last of her term.

Speaking at Financial Executives International’s conference on revenue recognition in New York, Seidman noted that FEI was the organization that originally nominated her for a seat on the Financial Accounting Standards Board back in 2003. She remembered receiving a call from a General Electric executive, Mitch Danaher, who was a colleague at FEI, asking if she was interested in joining the board.

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