New York (March 10, 2004) -- XBRL International, the non-profit consortium of companies that is developing the XBRL business reporting language, has elected Kurt Ramin, commercial director of the International Accounting Standards Committee Foundation in London, as chair of its steering committee.


Ramin, who previously served as vice chair of the XBRL committee, until recently served as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He spent 10 years in PwC's New York office working in their capital markets practice. As chair, he succeeds Walter Hamscher, president of the consultancy firm Standard Advantage, a co-author of the XBRL spec, and a consultant to PwC.


Elected as vice chairs were Paul Penler, a principal with the Ernst & Young Innovative Solutions Group, and Hugh Wallis, distinguished software architect at Hyperion Solutions.


Penler, a representative of XBRL-U.S., has served on the International Steering Committee for a year and a half, and on its U.S. counterpart for two years. Wallis currently serves as chair of the XBRL Specification group, which recently released version 2.1.


-- WebCPA staff

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