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J. W. Mike Starr

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Deputy Chief Accountant, Office of the Chief Accountant
Washington, DC, USA


J.W. Mike Starr

Mike is adviser to the Chief Accountant on highly complex topics and liaison on projects and activities to improve the quality of accounting and auditing policy decisions and to identify and address potential financial reporting weaknesses and risks.

He previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for Grant Thornton International Ltd., where he played a key role in implementing the global strategy and oversaw public policy and other critical functions. Prior to that, he was a member of the senior leadership of Grant Thornton LLP with responsibility for the assurance and advisory practices and professional standards among other significant practice areas. 

Past affiliations have included:

  • founding member of the Enhanced Business Reporting Consortium
  • member of the board of directors of XBRL US
  • member of the  International Regulatory Liaison Group of the International Federation of Accountants
  • chair of the Regulatory Working Group and a member of the Global Public Policy Committee. Both are comprised of senior partners from the six largest global auditing networks.


An active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), he has been a member or chair of:

  • Assurance Services Executive Committee (chair)
  • Special Committee on Enhanced Business Reporting (chair)
  • SEC Practice Section Executive Committee
  • SEC regulations committee

In addition, Mike is a past member of the board of directors Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants and the NASDAQ Hearing and Listing Review Council

Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Oklahoma State University.

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