The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the appointment of Wesley R. Bricker as a Deputy Chief Accountant overseeing the accounting group in the agency’s Office of the Chief Accountant.
Mr. Bricker has more than 15 years of experience in public accounting. He joins the SEC from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he is a partner responsible for clients in the banking, capital markets, financial technology, and investment management sectors. He served as a professional accounting fellow in Office of the Chief Accountant from 2009 to 2011, returning to PwC in 2011.
The accounting group advises the Commission on accounting and auditing matters and works closely with private sector accounting bodies such as the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Public companies, auditors, and other offices and divisions within the SEC regularly consult with the Office of the Chief Accountant on the application of accounting standards and financial disclosure requirements. Mr. Bricker is expected to begin his new position later this month upon the departure of Daniel Murdock.
“I am very appreciative and extremely excited that Wes has agreed to return to the Office of the Chief Accountant to oversee the accounting group,” said SEC Chief Accountant James Schnurr. “Wes’s prior experience as an SEC accounting fellow as well as his experience in public accounting make him well-qualified to take on this new responsibility.”
Mr. Bricker started in PwC’s Harrisburg, Pa., office and later moved to its Washington D.C. office. He also was a senior manager in PwC’s national office, where he provided technical accounting advice to partners, managers, and clients. Later, as a partner in the Washington D.C. office, he was responsible for the financial statement audits of several large companies.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to return to work at the Commission and serve with Jim and the talented and highly dedicated staff in the Office of the Chief Accountant on behalf of investors,” said Mr. Bricker.
Mr. Bricker received a B.S. in accounting from Elizabethtown College in 2000 and a law degree from American University Washington College of Law in 2007. He is licensed as a certified public accountant and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.