After filling the top slot at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board by naming Mark W. Olson as chairman in June, Securities and Exchange Commission chair Christopher Cox filled another gaping vacancy in July - the position of SEC chief accountant.Late last month, Cox named former Ernst & Young partner and California banking regulator Conrad W. Hewitt as the nation's top accountant, a post that had been empty for nearly 10 months since the departure of Don Nicholaisen.

"I'm delighted to once again have the opportunity for public service to protect investors," said Hewitt. "My experience as the chairman of several public company audit and compensation committees, during which I worked directly with the nation's largest auditing firms to implement the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in the private sector, has given me great respect" for the PCAOB.

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