Brent A. Simer
Acting Chief of Staff and Senior Special Adviser to Acting Chairperson Duane M. DesParte
Brent A. Simer is the PCAOB’s Acting Chief of Staff and also serves as senior special adviser to Acting Chairperson Duane M. DesParte. In these roles, he advises the Acting Chairperson on all matters that come before the PCAOB, works closely with Board Members and Staff, and assists the Acting Chairperson in his management of the organization.
Mr. Simer joined the PCAOB in August 2018 as Special Adviser to Board Member Duane M. DesParte, after working as a senior manager in the Americas Professional Practice group of Ernst & Young LLP. At EY, he was responsible for system of quality control matters, including executing the firm’s root cause analysis process. He was also involved in various regulatory and audit quality initiatives.
Prior to EY, Mr. Simer was a manager in Deloitte LLP’s Regulatory & Professional Matters group, where he developed firm positions on regulatory and public policy issues and participated in standard-setting activities. Earlier, he spent several years with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP and Veris Consulting, LLC, where he provided forensic accounting and litigation support services.
Mr. Simer received a Bachelor of Science in finance and marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Ohio, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. Mr. Simer graduated from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Leadership Academy in 2012, and was named a Top 5 CPA Under 35 by the Virginia Society of CPAs in 2014.