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New Members Appointed to the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board

Dec 16, 2010 | New York | English

The Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB) has confirmed a number of new and reappointed members of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB), an independent standard-setting board supported by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). The appointments were recommended by the IFAC Board and are effective January 1, 2011. The PIOB is an independent body that oversees IAASB activities.*

The new members of the IAASB are:

  • Jean Blascos (France), a practitioner in a transnational firm;
  • Jianshen Chen (China), a practitioner in a large national firm; and
  • Merran Kelsall (Australia), a non-practitioner and chair of a national auditing standards setter.

The following members were reappointed for an additional term:

  • John Archambault (United States), a practitioner in a transnational firm;
  • Jon Grant (United Kingdom), a non-practitioner and staff member of a national audit regulator; and
  • Caithlin McCabe (Australia), a practitioner in a transnational firm.

In addition, Diana Hillier was reappointed as deputy chair of the IAASB.

These six new and re-appointed members will work alongside the chairman, Prof. Arnold Schilder, the deputy chair, and the other 10 board members in setting high-quality auditing and assurance standards. In addition to standard setting, the IAASB strives to enhance the quality and uniformity of audit practice throughout the world by promoting the adoption and implementation of its International Standards on Auditing (ISAs).

“These new members are excellent choices for the IAASB,” said IFAC Chief Executive Officer Ian Ball. “In addition to being highly qualified individuals, their appointments maintain the balance of nine practitioners and nine non-practitioners on the board. The appointments also enhance the diversity of the board in terms of gender, regional, and professional balance.”

For more information about the work of the IAASB, visit its homepage at

* Note to Editors
The Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB) was formally established in February 2005 to oversee IFAC's auditing and assurance, ethics, and education standard-setting activities as well as the IFAC Member Body Compliance Program. The objective of the PIOB is to increase confidence of investors and others that such activities, including the setting of standards by the IAASB, are properly responsive to the public interest. PIOB members are nominated by international institutions and regulatory bodies.

About the IAASB
The IAASB ( develops auditing and assurance standards and guidance for use by all professional accountants under a shared standard-setting process involving the Public Interest Oversight Board, which oversees the activities of the IAASB, and the IAASB Consultative Advisory Group, which provides public interest input into the development of the standards and guidance. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IAASB are facilitated by IFAC.

About IFAC
IFAC ( is the global organization for the accountancy profession, dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. It is comprised of 164 members and associates in 125 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.