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Dennis Robert Beresford

Dennis Robert Beresford, American former accounting executive, educator. Certified Public Accountant; certified in management accounting. Named Accountant of Year, Beta Alpha Psi, 1986; recipient Outstanding Article award, Journal Accountancy, 1984.


  • Beresford, Dennis Robert was born on November 23, 1938 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Son of Robert Melvin and Florence Elaine (Smith) Beresford.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Southern California, 1961.


    • Joined Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young), Los Angeles, 1961, joined national office Cleveland, 1971, partner, 1972—1986. Chairman Finance Accounting Standards Board, 1987—1997. Ernst & Young executive professor accounting University Georgia, since 1997.

      Board advisors School Accounting, University Southern California, Los Angeles, since 1980. Executive committee Securities and Exchange Commission, Finance Reporting Institute, Los Angeles, since 1982.bd. directors MCI, 2002-2006, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, since 2002, Legg Mason, Inc., since 2002, Fannie Mae, since 2006.

    Major achievements

    • Certified Public Accountant. Certified in management accounting.


    • Author: Securities and Exchange Commission Financial Reporting, 1977-1986. Author monthly column Corporate Reporting, 1974-1986. Editorial board Accounting Horizons, since 1986.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Sergeant United States National Guard, 1956-1960. Member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (member council, various committees), Institute Management Accountants (national vice president, various committees), Connecticut Golf Club.



    Golf, reading.


    • Married Marian Sweeny, April 15, 1961. Children: Craig Robert, Elizabeth.
    • father: Robert Melvin Beresford
    • mother: Florence Elaine (Smith) Beresford
    • spouse: Marian Sweeny
    • children: Craig Robert Beresford
    • Elizabeth Beresford
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    • 1961
      University Southern California
    • 1961
      Joined Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young)
    • 1971
      Joined Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young)
    • 1987 - 1997
      chairman, Finance Accounting Standards Board
    • 1997
      Ernst & Young executive, professor accounting University Georgia