Accounting Advisory Board

BNA's Accounting Advisory Board is comprised of esteemed professionals from renown corporations, universities, and government entities. Below is a listing of our current board members.

Phillip Ameen, Chair, Vice President and Comptroller (retired), General Electric Company, Fairfield, CT.
Ameen, a Certified Public Accountant, led a globally distributed GE controllership team of 3,500 CPAs and Chartered Accountants and oversaw the accounting and public reporting for the $700 billion company. Active in the accounting standards area, Mr. Ameen serves on the International Financial Interpretations Committee of the International Accounting Standards Board, and he is a trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation and member of the Advisory Board of Columbia University Business School’s Center for Excellence in Accounting and Security Analysis. He was the longest-serving member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Emerging Issues Task Force and the former Chair of the Financial Executives Institute’s Committee on Corporate Reporting as well as a former member of the AICPA’S Accounting Standards Executive Committee. Ameen is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  

Charles Bowsher, Former Comptroller General of the United States, U.S. General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.

David Cairns provides consulting and training services on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and has authored several authoritative texts on IFRS. He was the Secretary-General of the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC) from 1985 to 1994 and is a member of the IASC's Working Group on Accounting Standards for Small and Medium-Sized Entities. He is a member of the UK's Financial Reporting Review Panel and is Visiting Professor in Accounting at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining the IASC, Mr. Cairns was a partner in Stoy Hayward (now BDO Stoy Hayward) and chairman of the firm's international accounting and auditing committee. He has also worked for Société Générale, Black and Decker, Carlsberg, and Pannell Kerr Forster. In 1995, he was appointed OBE for his services to the accountancy profession.

Jack Ciesielski, Publisher of The Analyst's Accounting Observer Member, FASB’s Emerging Issues Task Force, R. G. Associates, Inc, Baltimore, MD.

Arnold C. Hanish, University of Cincinnati, B.A., Accounting. Mr. Hanish is a member of the Indiana CPA Society, the Ohio Society of CPAs, and the AICPA. He is chairperson of the Financial Executive’s International Committee on Corporate Reporting, serves on the FEI-SEC and FEI-PCAOB subcommittees, and was a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the PCAOB from 2004 to 2008. He is responsible for the global accounting process, including Sarbanes-Oxley, as well as the U.S. payroll, shareholder and stock option services; business partner support for corporate staff functions; and consulting on business development activities such as M&A and in- and out-license of compound technologies. Mr. Hanish is included in Treasury & Risk’s 2009 and 2008 articles of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance,” and is recognized by Business Finance in its articles entitled “Influencers 2007: Transparency Changes Everything,” “2006’s Influencers: 60 Authoritative Voices,” and “2005’s 50 Worth Watching Influencers.” Mr. Hanish is Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer at Eli Lilly and Company.

Eugene Imhoff, Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting & Director, The Paton Accounting Center, University of Michigan Business School, Ann Arbor, MI.

Henry R. Jaenicke, A.B., Dartmouth College, 1956; M.B.A., The Wharton School, 1958; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1963; C.P.A., District of Columbia (inactive); C. D. Clarkson Emeritus Professor of Accounting, Drexel University, Philadelphia. Mr. Jaenicke is co-author of the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Editions of Montgomery’s Auditing and is the author of various articles on accounting and auditing.  He also co-authored chapters on revenue and receivables in several editions of theAccountants’ Handbook. He is a consultant and expert witness on accounting and auditing issues.

Peter H. Knutson, B.B.A., University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1957; M.B.A., University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1960; Ph.D., University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, 1965; Certified Public Accountant, Wisconsin, 1960. Mr. Knutson is Associate Professor Emeritus of Accounting at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of AICPA, AAA, and CFA Institute.

Bob Laux is the Senior Director of Financial Accounting and Reporting at Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Laux is responsible for Microsoft’s financial accounting, including interacting with and responding to accounting standard setters on numerous issues. His financial accounting responsibilities include responding to GAAP questions and issues within Microsoft. He is also responsible for Microsoft’s comment letters on new accounting pronouncements and representing Microsoft at standard setters’ public roundtables. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2000, Mr. Laux was an Industry Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) where he was responsible for coordinating the activities of the Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF). He has a B.A. in accounting from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Houston.

Timothy S. Lucas, CPA, B.A., B.S., Rice University, 1969; Master of Accounting, Rice University, 1976. Mr. Lucas is a consultant on accounting for Lucas Financial Reporting. He is former Director of Research and Technical Activities for the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

April Mackenzie, Executive Director of Public Policy, Grant Thornton International, New York, NY.

Robert Mednick, B.S.B.A., Roosevelt University–Chicago, 1962; CPA, Illinois, silver medal, 1962. Mr. Mednick was a retired worldwide managing partner on professional and regulatory matters for Andersen, 1982–1998. He was chairman of the American Institute of CPAs, 1996–1997, and serviced numerous AICPA Boards, Committees, and Task Forces. Mr. Mednick is the author of numerous articles, including three judged best of year by publication, and numerous speeches on accounting and business issues both within and outside the U.S. He has taught at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and at two universities in Israel and provided service to numerous boards, including the National Bureau of Economic Research, Rand Corporation Institute for Civil Justice, and the Advisory Council to U.S. Comptroller General. Mr. Mednick is the recipient of numerous awards, including the AICPA Gold Medal for Distinguished Service and the Andrew Braden award for Distinctive Contributions to the Profession of Accountancy from Case Western Reserve University–Cleveland.

John M. Morrissey, Managing Director, Controller Fortress Investment Group, LLC, Former Deputy Chief Accountant at SEC, New York, NY.

Jane Poulin, Bachelor's degree, Plymouth State College; Master's degree, American University. Ms. Poulin is Division Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer with Corning Incorporated. She is responsible for the company's external reporting, accounting policies, technical accounting services, and internal control. Ms. Poulin oversees the internal audit function and serves as the primary liaison with the company's external auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers. Previously, Ms. Poulin was associate chief accountant in the Office of the Chief Accountant for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She has also served as corporate controller for Duro Industries and as a senior manager, Audit, at Ernst & Young LLP.

Katherine Schipper, B.A., University of Dayton; M.A., M.B.A., and Ph.D., University of Chicago. She is a Thomas Keller Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Ms. Schipper is a speaker on matters related to financial reporting and the author of articles on corporate finance and financial reporting.