When Robert H. Herz takes the reins of the Financial Accounting Standards Board on July 1, he hopes to usher in an era in which rules can be adopted faster, take on a more principles-based approach and accommodate converging international accounting standards. “Once I get a lay of the land, and get some consensus on issues and operating procedures, I’d like to see if we can put together a good game plan for the standards-setting process,” he says.

The job won’t be easy. FASB has long been regarded as an organization hobbled by the minutiae of its accounting standards and criticized for placating the demands of the powerful accounting industry too often. Over the last year, many–including influential members of Congress–have questioned the need for the seven-member, non-governmental board after it failed to foresee the use of the types of special-purpose entities (SPEs) that caused the financial implosion of Enron Corp. and as global capital markets move inexorably toward a unified set of accounting standards, monitored by the International Accounting Standards Board.


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