The Public Company Accounting and Oversight Board (PCAOB) has appointed Patrick Bryan as director of the Division of Enforcement and Investigations.

In this role Bryan will advance the organisation’s investigations and litigation of PCAOB rules and other applicable securities regulations.

PCAOB chair William Duhnke said: “The Board is committed to prioritizing enforcement and investigative efforts to address issues that pose the greatest risk to investors and are most likely to deter improper conduct.

“We are fortunate to have Patrick join the PCAOB and look forward to leveraging his significant experience to enhance the Board’s oversight activities to improve audit quality.”

Bryan currently serves as the assistant general counsel for enforcement at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System where he led a system-wide transformation of the enforcement function, its priorities, and staff.

Commenting on his appointment, Bryan said: “I am honoured to lead the PCAOB's Division of Enforcement and Investigations. Enforcement is crucial to the organisation’s mission, and I appreciate the opportunity to work with the Board to enforce accountability of PCAOB standards and rules, and related federal securities laws."