Thomas Ray, CPA, is Chief Auditor and Director of Professional Standards for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in Washington, DC. His principal responsibility is to advise the PCAOB board members on the establishment and application of auditing, quality control, ethical, and independence standards applicable to audits of U. S. public companies.
Prior to joining the PCAOB staff as Deputy Chief Auditor in June 2003, Mr. Ray was a partner in KPMG LLP in the Department of Professional Practice in New York City where he provided advice to the firm’s personnel on the application of professional standards and firm policy. Prior to joining KPMG in June 2000, Mr. Ray was Director—Audit and Attest Standards at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), where he was responsible for the administration of the AICPA auditing and attestation standards-setting activities and was the senior technical advisor to the AICPA Auditing Standards Board. Mr. Ray joined the AICPA in 1995 after 13 years with Grant Thornton LLP as an audit professional.
Mr. Ray received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a certified public accountant in New York and Texas.