Tom Collens joined the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Chief Accountant as a Professional Accounting Fellow within the Professional Practice Group in June 2017. In this capacity, Tom primarily assists with Commission oversight of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). Tom serves as the SEC Staff Observer on the PCAOB’s Data and Technology Task Force.
Prior to joining the Commission, Tom was a senior manager at EY LLP and served within the firm’s Americas’ Professional Practice Auditing group (APPAu) in Tysons, Virginia where he monitored PCAOB standard-setting activities, helped develop firm audit methodology, developed and led firm trainings, and consulted with audit teams on complex auditing matters. Prior to his time in APPAu, Tom served as an assurance senior manager within EY’s Atlanta office where his clients included a large multinational SEC registrant and other entities within the consumer products, manufacturing, and transportation industries.
Tom previously served as a member of the AICPA’s Subcommittee responsible for review and approval of content for the auditing section of the Uniform CPA Examination. Tom received a B.S. in Accounting from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia and holds an active CPA license in both Georgia and Virginia.