James R. Doty was appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission as the Chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in January 2011.
Under his leadership, the PCAOB for the first time participated in the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED). Chairman Doty has participated in these meetings since 2011, where the PCAOB continues to emphasize the importance of reaching an agreement to inspect PCAOB-registered audit firms based in China. In 2013, after years of negotiation, the PCAOB entered into an enforcement cooperation agreement with China.
Chairman Doty also has established the first Center for Economic Analysis to study the role and relevance of the audit in capital formation and investor protection, to inform the Board's cost-benefit analysis, and to encourage greater economic research into auditing issues.
From 1990 to 1992, Chairman Doty served as General Counsel of the SEC. Prior to and following his SEC service, Chairman Doty was a partner at the law firm of Baker Botts LLP, which he first joined in 1969. At Baker Botts LLP, he practiced securities and corporate law and counseled boards of directors and audit committees on regulatory and compliance matters, including matters arising under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. He also represented the PCAOB in obtaining the 2010 successful result in the U.S. Supreme Court landmark challenge to its constitutionality, Free Enterprise Fund v. PCAOB.
Chairman Doty was presented with a 2011 Statesman Award by the Foreign Policy Association for his commitment to worldwide audit integrity.
Chairman Doty was born in Houston. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Rice University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He also received a master's degree in history from Harvard University before getting a Bachelor of Laws from Yale Law School.