News Release 02/27/20

John W. Auchincloss Named Executive Director, Financial Accounting Foundation

Norwalk, CT—February 27, 2020—The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) today announced that it has appointed John W. Auchincloss as the executive director of the Foundation. The FAF is the organization that oversees the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

Mr. Auchincloss joined the FAF as vice president and general counsel in May 2016. In 2019, following the departure of then-president Terri Polley, he was appointed acting president while a national search was conducted for an executive director of the Foundation. His appointment as executive director is effective immediately. 

“John has long impressed the FAF trustees with his intelligence, thoughtful strategic counsel, and commitment to the FASB and the GASB and their important mission,” said FAF Chair Kathleen L. Casey. “I am very pleased that we will continue to benefit from his strong leadership.”

“I am grateful to the FAF trustees and the entire organization for this opportunity to serve,” said Mr. Auchincloss. “The standard-setting boards have a unique role serving investors and other stakeholders across our capital markets. The entire FAF organization is committed to supporting the integrity of the independent standard-setting process and ensuring the boards have what they need to succeed.”
Before joining the FAF, Mr. Auchincloss developed deep professional experience with nonprofit governance, tax, and regulatory issues. His last position before coming to the FAF was general counsel and secretary for Commonfund, a private, nonprofit asset management firm.

Previously, Mr. Auchincloss served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. He began his career at Davis Polk & Wardwell in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Mr. Auchincloss received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University, a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, and an LL.M. degree from Cambridge University.

About the Financial Accounting Foundation

Established in 1972, the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) is the independent, private-sector, not-for-profit organization based in Norwalk, Connecticut responsible for the oversight, administration, financing, and appointment of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). The FASB and GASB establish and improve financial accounting and reporting standards—known as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, or GAAP—for public and private companies, not-for-profit organizations, and state and local governments in the United States. For more information, visit