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Chief accountant to leave SEC

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that chief accountant Paul Beswick is leaving the agency to return to the private sector.

The SEC said in a statement that Beswick "will remain at the SEC for a transitional period to help ensure continuity in the agency's Office of the Chief Accountant".

Beswick had been appointed in 2012, the same year he featured in the The Accountant and International Accounting Bulletin's list of the 50 most influential people in the accountancy profession.

He had joined the SEC in 2007. Prior to his appointment as chief accountant he worked as the deputy chief accountant responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office's accounting group.

Before that Beswick was a partner with EY US working in the firm's professional practice and risk management group.

At the time of publication the SEC couldn't confirmed how long the transitional period was set for and the name of his replacement. The SEC couldn't also confirm Beswick next position.

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