Robert Peak

Robert Peak is special adviser to Board Member J. Robert Brown, Jr, and advises him on all matters that come before the Board.

Mr. Peak joined the PCAOB in September 2019, after serving on the executive staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a number of years. During his tenure at the Commission, he also served in the Commission’s two largest Divisions, Corporation Finance and Enforcement, and in the Office of the Chief Accountant.

From 2013 to 2019, Mr. Peak was responsible for providing policy counseling to Commissioner Kara Stein on a wide range of securities and capital market issues, accounting and financial matters, rulemakings, international affairs, and financial crimes enforcement. Before joining Commissioner Stein, he was an Associate Chief Accountant in the Commission’s Division of Enforcement where he coordinated and conducted complex investigations involving corporate financial reporting, auditor misconduct, whistle-blower actions, and internal controls. Mr. Peak also advised the Commissioners, staff, criminal authorities, and U.S. judges on technical accounting and auditing matters.

In 2011, he was awarded the Commission’s first Legis Congressional Fellowship, where he worked alongside Senate Banking Committee staff and staff in U.S. Senator Jack Reed’s Office. While on Capitol Hill, Mr. Peak coordinated hearings, worked on a number of legislative matters, drafted legislation, and drafted speeches and other communications.

Before joining the SEC, he worked in public accounting and advisory services, including providing guidance on information systems risk management. Mr. Peak has been the recipient of a number of awards, including one related to the recovery of $200 million dollars from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

He earned a Bachelor’s of Accountancy and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Business Computer Systems. Mr. Peak is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner.