The trustees of the IFRS Foundation have appointed Bertrand Perrin as a member of the International Accounting Standards Board (Board).

Perrin has extensive experience as a preparer and has worked closely with the Board and Foundation for several years. Most recently he served as a member for of the IFRS Interpretations Committee, which he joined in 2016.

He joins the Board 1 July for an initial five-year term from his current position as director for accounting standards and special projects at Vivendi, a content, media and communications group headquartered in France. In this role, Perrin has managed the implementation of various IFRS Standards, integrated new businesses acquired and led the co-ordination of group-wide financial reporting aspects.

Before starting at Vivendi in 2003, he spent nine years as an external auditor at Salustro Reydel, at the time a member firm of RSM International.

The Board comprises members from varied professional and geographical backgrounds. Perrin will fill one of the European seats, succeeding Françoise Flores, whose term ends in June.

Chair of the IFRS trustees Erkki Liikanen said: “On behalf of the Trustees, we look forward to welcoming Bertrand. His experience in applying IFRS Standards will provide helpful insight in our standard-setting work. I would also like to thank Françoise for the valuable contributions she has made to the Board’s work.”

Commenting on his appointment, Perrin said: “I look forward to joining the Board and participating in the continuous improvement of financial reporting through the standard-setting process, by providing the perspective of a former preparer. Indeed, I am most honoured to have the opportunity to serve the public interest and contribute to the public good.”