Russell began his term as the seventh chair of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on July 1, 2013 and was reappointed in 2016 to a second term that ends June 30, 2020. He was originally named to the FASB in 2010, after serving six years on the FASB staff. Russell brings to his role deep experience in technical accounting issues. From 2008 to September 2010, he was technical director of the FASB, overseeing FASB staff work on accounting standards and technical application and implementation activities. He also chaired the FASB’s Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF). Previously, he was director of technical application and implementation activities for the FASB. Appointed to that position in July 2007, Russell managed FASB activities relating to the application and implementation of accounting standards and other board pronouncements. From 2004 until 2007, he served as a senior technical advisor to the board. Before joining the FASB staff, Russell was a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP in the national office Accounting Services department. In that role, he was responsible for providing timely and accurate accounting consultations to partners and clients throughout the United States and around the world. Russell earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington State University. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Connecticut.