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Steven B. Harris

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
Board Member
Chairman, Investor Advisory Group
Washington, DC, USA

Steven B. Harris was reappointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission as a Board Member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in March 2013. He was originally appointed to the Board in June 2008. As a PCAOB Board Member, Mr. Harris is Chairman of the PCAOB Investor Advisory Group and represents the Board as Chairman of the Investor Working Group of the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR), based in London.

Mr. Harris was the Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee under Chairman Paul S. Sarbanes during the consideration and passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and is widely credited with helping to shape the reform legislation and the establishment of the PCAOB.

Mr. Harris served as Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the Committee for more than 15 years. He also served as Staff Director and Chief Counsel to the Securities Subcommittee, as well as Counsel to the full Committee. During his tenure with the Committee, from 1981-2007, Mr. Harris worked on all legislation, investigations and oversight conducted by the Committee, including modernization of banking and securities laws, the savings and loan industry crisis, the 1987 stock market crash, investigations of the mutual fund industry, and interstate banking.

Before joining the Board, Mr. Harris was Senior Vice President and Special Counsel at APCO Worldwide, where he advised clients on financial transactions, corporate governance, crisis management, investigations, foreign investment, trade promotion, and government affairs.

From 1979-1981, Mr. Harris served as Counsel to U.S. Senator Donald W. Riegle, Jr. He served as Counsel to U.S. House Representative Barbara Jordan and as her representative to the National Commission for the Review of Antitrust Laws and Procedures from 1978 to 1979. He was Assistant General Counsel for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board from 1977 to 1978, an attorney at the Legal Services Corporation from 1975 to 1977, and in the Office of the General Counsel at the Office of Economic Opportunity from 1973 to 1975. He began his career at Time, Inc., from 1969 to 1970.

Mr. Harris is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The Washington Campus, a nonprofit educational organization.

Mr. Harris graduated with honors from Dartmouth College and earned an L.L.B. from George Washington University.


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