Gaylen R. Hansen | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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Gaylen R. Hansen

Gaylen R. Hansen recently retired as an audit partner of Plante Moran, PLLC following over forty years of engagement in the accounting profession. His career spanned lengthy periods in public practice including initial periods as a manager with Arthur Andersen and later Price Waterhouse. He currently is the chair of the Consultative Advisory Group (CAG) of the International Ethics Standard Board for Accountants and serves as a CAG representative to the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. The IESBA and IAASB establish standards of practice for professional accountants throughout the world. The CAG’s are responsible for ensuring that the public interest is a priority in financial reporting standards. Hansen also currently serves on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Auditing Standards Board. The ASB establishes auditing for all U.S. non-public entities, including not-for profit organizations. 

Hansen is a past board member and chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), the Colorado State Board of Accountancy, and the Colorado Securities Board. He previously served as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession of the U.S. Treasury Department, the Standing Advisory Group of the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and the Ethics Committee of the AICPA, which is responsible for the Code of Professional Conduct governing all U.S. CPAs and their firms.

Hansen frequently speaks on financial reporting matters and has served as an expert witness and arbitrator. He is a founding member of NASBA’s Center for the Public Trust and in 2018 was the recipient of NASBA’s William H. Van Rensselaer Public Service Award.

He is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and holds an MBA in international business from California State University, Fullerton. He has been a CPA since 1977 and resides with his wife in Evergreen, Colorado.