The job of International Accounting
Standards Board (IASB) chairman should be split in two, according
to BDO International chief executive Jeremy Newman.

Current IASB chair David Tweedie’s term
ends in mid-2011 and the hunt is already on for a replacement.

“David Tweedie has a very tough job
because his job has two aspects to it that I think are mutually
exclusive,” Newman said.

At present, the IASB chair must both be a
strong technician, and an adept politician.

“I think it is unrealistic to expect one
person to have the skills to do both of those jobs,” Newman