The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
has appointed Mike Starr as deputy chief accountant for policy
support and market monitoring in the agency’s chief accountant
office.

Starr previously worked at Grant Thornton for
more than 20 years, most recently as the global chief operating
officer.

Starr’s new responsibilities will include
serving as the SEC chief accountant’s liaison on projects to
improve the quality of accounting and auditing policy decisions and
to identify and address potential financial reporting weaknesses
and risks. He will also act as an advisor to the chief accountant
and the office.

While at Grant Thornton International, Starr
was instrumental in implementing the firm’s global strategy and
overseeing public policy.

He has worked as worldwide director of risk
management and regulatory matters, and at Grant Thornton US as
managing partner of public policy and strategy.

Starr said that he was looking forward to
engaging with investors, business and accounting stakeholders.

“Close collaboration and co-operation with
national regulators and standard setters is especially critical to
accomplishing the SEC’s mandate to protect investors,” Starr
commented.

SEC chief accountant Jim Kroeker said Starr’s
understanding of the role financial reporting plays in capital
markets makes him a valuable addition to the leadership team.

Starr has also been a member and chair of
several American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
committees as well as a member of the Global Public Policy
Committee, chairing its regulatory working group.

He begins his role at the SEC next month.