Request for Nominations
to the FAF’s Private Company Council

March 16, 2017

The Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) are currently seeking candidates for three upcoming member vacancies on the Private Company Council (PCC): a CPA practitioner, a financial statement preparer, and a financial statement user. The initial term for the three new member positions will commence on January 1, 2018.

The PCC is the primary advisory body to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on private company matters. The PCC uses the Private Company Decision-Making Framework to advise the FASB on the appropriate accounting treatment for private companies for items under active consideration on the FASB’s technical agenda. The PCC also advises the FASB on possible alternatives within Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to address the needs of users of private company financial statements. Any proposed changes to GAAP are subject to endorsement by the FASB and undergo thorough due process. For more information on the role of the PCC, please see the FAF website (

The PCC may range from 9 to 12 members (currently 10 members), including the Chair, and comprises individuals with backgrounds and experience in preparing, auditing (including compiling and reviewing), and using private company financial statements. Members of the PCC will demonstrate (1) a keen interest in and knowledge of financial accounting and reporting matters; (2) experience working with private companies; and (3) a commitment to improving financial reporting for users of private company financial statements. More specifically, the FAF Board of Trustees is seeking nominations of individuals with backgrounds and experience as follows:
  • Users of private company financial statements, including lenders to small private companies and/or equity investors
  • Preparers of private company financial statements from a variety of industries and companies of various sizes
  • CPA practitioners from national, regional, and local firms.
Nominations are sought from all entities and individuals with an interest in private company financial reporting.

PCC Candidate Profile

The ideal candidates will be highly regarded within their fields of expertise and have a strong appreciation for the importance of independent standard setting for financial accounting and reporting. Candidates will be committed to the mission of the FAF, the FASB, and the PCC; demonstrate a commitment to the public interest; and have an appreciation for the varying interests and perspectives of investors, lenders, and other users of private company financial information, and the preparers and auditors of private company financial statements.

When assessing candidates for appointment to the PCC, the FAF Board of Trustees also will consider, among other factors, the following:
  • Background and level of experience in private company financial accounting and reporting
  • History of interest and participation in financial reporting matters or standard setting activities
  • The ability to work collegially and to understand and respect conflicting viewpoints
  •  The ability to consider the evidence on all sides of an issue, analyze it objectively in forming a view, and clearly articulate that view
  • The ability to communicate effectively
  • The ability to commit the time to prepare for and attend meetings of the PCC.

Time Commitment and Other Information

The PCC is expected to meet at least four times each year for two consecutive days, generally at the FASB’s offices in Norwalk, Connecticut. PCC members may also be asked to participate in roundtable meetings, as well as speak to stakeholder organizations and other interested parties.

PCC members are appointed to three-year terms, with the possibility of reappointment to an additional term of up to two years.

Members of the PCC serve without remuneration, but will be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses incurred for PCC activities as they may request, provided that those expenses comply with FAF policies.

The following information is requested for each candidate for PCC membership. (Individuals are permitted to nominate themselves. Self-nominees are requested to also provide a reference.)
  • A completed nomination form
  • A resume, CV, or biographical profile
  • Any other background information that may be relevant to the individual’s candidacy for the PCC
  • The name and contact information for a reference (in the case of a self-nominee).
All materials should be submitted by April 24, 2017, to:

Kim Howard, Vice President, Human Resources
Financial Accounting Foundation
401 Merritt 7; P.O. Box 5116; Norwalk, CT 06856-5116
Phone: (203) 956-5210; FAX: (203) 956-5241; Email:

Note: We expect to interview selected candidates (by phone) on May 15, 2017. Selected candidates will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire in advance of that interview.