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SEC’s key accounting guru working to streamline rules

SEC’s key accounting guru working to streamline rules

by Toby Lucich on April 16, 2007

For thousands of investors and executives at publicly traded companies, Conrad Hewitt may be one of the most important Washington civil servants they’ve never heard of.

The chief accounting guru at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Hewitt stands at the center of burning policy debates — from how far to cut back on corporate reforms imposed after the Enron debacle to which executives are to be punished for manipulating their companies’ numbers.

Hewitt, 70, came to the job in August in the twilight of a long career as a California banking regulator and a partner at Ernst & Young, one of the nation’s four largest accounting firms.

SEC’s key accounting guru working to streamline rules

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