We have important business before us today, but I want to take a moment to note that today’s meeting will be the last public meeting of the PCAOB with Board member Dan Goelzer.
Dan was one of the founding members of the PCAOB, having been appointed to the Board by the SEC in October 2002.
In the nine years since the Board held its organizational meeting in the basement of the SEC, Dan has attended at least 60 public Board meetings. That doesn’t include meetings with our Standing Advisory Group, Investor Advisory Group or other public meetings.
While I applaud Dan's stamina—and his attendance record—I most want to recognize his work outside of the public eye, primarily his wise counsel and keen questioning that have helped shaped the policies and standards of the PCAOB, such as the ones we are considering today.
When the SEC appointed Dan to the PCAOB, one of the attributes cited in favor of his selection was his distinction as the longest-serving general counsel in SEC history.