NEW YORK, NY-April 24, 2012  – Financial reporting and accounting are essential for providing vital information to the lenders and shareholders of any business. The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity at Baruch College, is hosting its 11th Annual Financial Reporting Conference on May 3 to offer financial professionals an opportunity to network and learn about the latest developments from the leading experts in the field of accountancy.

The daylong conference serves as a forum for interaction between business and accounting executives and policy setters from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Accounting Standards Board.  Nine CPE credits (accounting) are available for completion of this program.

The conference is scheduled on Thursday, May 3, 2012, from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Ave (enter on 24th or 25th street), in room 14-220. Registration is available. For more information, contact Matthew LePere, Associate Director of the Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity at (646) 312-3231 or

The key speakers participating in the program are James L. Kroeker, Chief Accountant, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); Leslie F. Seidman, Chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and Jeanette M. Franzel, Board Member, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)

In 2009, James L. Kroeker was named Chief Accountant, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Mr. Kroeker received a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Nebraska. Mr. Kroeker has served as Acting Chief Accountant since January 2009 and guided the day-to-day operations of the SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant during the recent economic crisis.

Leslie F. Seidman was named Chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) by the Financial Accounting Foundation, effective December 23, 2010. She was originally appointed to the FASB in July 2003 and reappointed to a second term in July 2006. As Chairman of the FASB, Ms. Seidman is responsible for managing the organization’s day-to-day activities and leading the Board’s efforts to develop high-quality financial reporting standards that result in decision-useful information for investors and other users of financial statements.

Jeanette M. Franzel was appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission as a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in February 2012. Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Franzel served 22 years at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), ending her tenure as a Managing Director overseeing financial management and auditing issues across the federal government. During a decade in GAO’s Senior Executive Service, she supervised audits for large, complex agencies with hundreds of billions of dollars as well as for small programs with limited resources.

In addition to these speakers, leaders from the SEC, FASB, major public accounting firms, industry and the user community will also speak at the conference.


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 3 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to


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