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State Board Report

September 2012

Linda Biek, NASBA’s Director of Governmental, International and Professional Relations, has resigned her post to become the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs’ Director – Compliance. HKICPA is the sole statutory licensing body for auditors of public companies in Hong Kong. Ms. Biek has served as staff liaison for many NASBA committees and projects, including the Global Strategies Committee, Enforcement Resource Committee and Executive Directors Committee. She was previously the Executive Director of the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy.

NASBA President Ken Bishop stated: “The Hong Kong Institute of CPAs’ mission is to lead and serve businesses and the public interest of Hong Kong, while working with the challenges of being the global gateway to China. Linda will be responsible for managing the Institute’s activities in relation to complaints regarding the professional conduct of its members. Heading a well established team of ten, she will provide leadership, guidance and support in the investigation and enforcement of professional standards of the Institute. Linda will ensure that complaint handling, investigation and disciplinary procedures are managed in an efficient and effective manner that maintains public trust in the Institute as regulator of professional standards in Hong Kong. I am pleased that a NASBA Director has been given this great opportunity.”

In a note to her NASBA colleagues, Linda wrote: “I’m moving with my family to Hong Kong. This is a dream come true and I still can’t believe it’s happening. I’ve been told it’s a bold leap and my future will be changed as a result. Friends have asked how I can make such a risky move at my age. [I'm not THAT old.] My philosophy is that you are never too old or too young to follow your dreams.”

Linda has developed NASBA’s international presence through her efforts with the Global Strategies Committee and her development of NASBA’s Forum for International Accounting Regulators, which this year will be held in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting (October 31- November 1). Stepping in for Linda, NASBA Vice President Daniel Dustin will lead staff support for the upcoming Forum.

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