Joseph W. St. Denis
Director, Office of Research and Analysis
PCAOB

Mr. St. Denis became Director of the Office of Research and Analysis (ORA) in June 2009.  He joined the PCAOB in November 2004, and was an original staff member in the predecessor office to ORA. In 2006, he left the PCAOB and joined American International Group  as a Vice President. Mr. St. Denis returned to the PCAOB in 2007 as Associate Director in the Division of Enforcement and Investigations.

Prior to joining the PCAOB in 2004, Mr. St. Denis served five years as an Assistant Chief Accountant in the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission.   He began his career as an auditor at the accounting firm of Coopers and Lybrand, which later became part of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He later worked as the Chief of Accounting Research and Policy at Fitch Ratings for one year.

Prior to joining the PCAOB, Mr. St. Denis published widely on topics such as recognizing and investigating accounting fraud, the outlook for accounting risk, stock option accounting, and a 2004 paper on International Financial Reporting Standards. Most notably, he published a 2004 study on derivatives disclosure that was instrumental in the development of FASB Statement No. 161, Disclosures about Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities, an amendment to FASB Statement No. 133, Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities.

Mr. St. Denis earned a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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