Mark brings 30 years of accounting, reporting and executive management experience to WilliamsMarston. He has broad technical accounting and financial reporting expertise developed during his thirteen-year tenure at a Big 4 accounting firm, including two years in the firm’s national office, and sixteen years in senior leadership roles for a leading credit rating agency. He is a recognized thought leader and trusted advisor to accounting standard setting organizations and regulators on numerous initiatives to better align financial reporting with the needs of investors. He is also a frequent speaker at high-profile conferences on financial reporting and capital markets issues. At WilliamsMarston, Mark advises companies on revenue recognition, debt and equity financings, IPO readiness, SEC reporting, International Financial Reporting Standards, and other complex transactions.
Prior to WilliamsMarston, Mark was a Managing Director in the Credit Strategy and Standards Group at Moody’s Investors Service and served as the Chief Credit Officer for the Global Financial Institutions rating group. During his time at Moody’s, Mark also led a team of analysts with specialized expertise in accounting and financial reporting, corporate governance and complex financing structures. He was also the author of and contributor to market leading credit research, often focusing on the implications of accounting, reporting and regulatory developments. While at Moody’s, Mark was a liaison with the FASB, IASB, SEC and PCAOB on numerous capital markets and reporting issues affecting investors.
Mark began his career at KPMG LLP and during his thirteen-year tenure with the firm, Mark spent two years in the Department of Professional Practice (DPP) where he provided technical accounting advice to client service teams in the areas of business combinations, income taxes, derivatives and hedging, and revenue recognition. He also contributed to KPMG’s publications on IFRS, derivative and hedge accounting and foreign currency translation. Prior to DPP, Mark was the lead Senior Manager on several high-profile audit clients including The Gillette Company and Pepsi-Cola International.
Mark was a member of the FASB’s Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC) from 2016 to 2020 and was also a member of the Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) from 2008 to 2019. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Accounting from Siena College where he graduated with honors.