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Board member leaves the PCAOB

It is the latest of a number of high profile departures from the board

J. Robert Brown, Jr. will step down from his role on the board at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) this month.

Brown is the latest in a series of high-profile departures from the board over the past three years.

Sworn in on 1 February 2018, Brown joined the board as a part of a quartet of new members that included Kathleen Hamm and James Kaiser, who have already left their positions on the board.

Speaking on his departure, Brown said: “It was a great honor and privilege to serve on the Board and to work alongside the PCAOB’s talented and devoted staff.

“The PCAOB has the opportunity to serve as a catalyst for the evolution of the audit process to ensure that it better meets the needs and interests of investors and the public.”

Brown was known to have clashed with his fellow members at times, criticizing the group both for deviating from its strategic plan of removing a number of its projects and for relying on an IAASB quality control standard to set its own audit control standards.

However, William Duhnke III, chairman of the group, ensured that those at the board “appreciate Jay’s service to the PCAOB and his efforts to advance audit quality”.

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