2013 Honored Speakers and Discussants

Tim Baldenius

Vincent C. Ross Professor of Accounting
Chair of the Accounting Department
Leonard N. Stern School of Business
New York University

Tim Baldenius joined New York University Stern School of Business in 2011. Professor Baldenius teaches courses in accounting at the MBA and PhD levels.

Professor Baldenius’s primary research interests include managerial accounting, performance measurement and corporate governance. His work has been published in the Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Management Science and The Rand Journal of Economics.

John Core

Professor of Accounting
Nanyang Technological University
Sloan School of Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Core has broad research interests in executive compensation and executive stock and option incentives, corporate governance, nonprofit governance, and disclosure and the cost of capital. His research has been published in the Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting & Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Financial Economics. When not conducting research, Core teaches the core Financial Accounting class to first-year MBA students. Prior to entering academia, he worked in investment banking for PaineWebber and in compensation consulting for Ernst & Young.

Frank Gigler

Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Accounting
Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota

Professor Gigler's research is primarily in the area of financial disclosure and contract theory, and has been published in journals such as Economic Theory, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, and the Accounting Review. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Accounting Research and Accounting Review. Professor Gigler holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota.

Jared Jennings

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Olin Business School
Washington University in St. Louis

Professor Jennings' research interests are information asymmetry, voluntary disclosure and sell-side analysts. He joined Olin Business School in 2012 after graduating from the University of Washington. Prior to his PhD, he was an auditor at Deloitte. His research primarily focuses on voluntary disclosure and sell-side analysts.

Marilyn Johnson

Associate Professor of Accounting
Broad College of Business
Michigan State University

Professor Johnson's research focuses on corporate disclosure decisions. Recent research projects have examined the relation between fees for non-audit services, audit fees, and earnings management; the impact of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 on shareholder wealth and voluntary disclosure policy; and the impact of corporate conference calls on individual and institutional investors. She is a past member of the Deloitte & Touche Academic Advisory Board and serves on the editorial board of Investor Relations Quarterly, a publication of the National Investor Relations Institute.

Xiumin Martin

Associate Professor of Accounting
Olin Business School
Washington University in St. Louis

Professor Martin's research interests are in financial accounting: voluntary disclosure, accounting information in assets valuation.

Michael Minnis

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Chicago Booth School of Business
The University of Chicago

Professor Minnis studies the role of accounting information in allocating investment efficiently by both management and capital providers, the use of financial reporting in mitigating information opacity issues of privately-held firms, and the interplay within management in the production and use of financial information. He particularly enjoys identifying unique data and methods to empirically examine issues in a novel way.

Prior to pursing his PhD, Minnis’ accountancy and CPA background allowed him to work in a variety of professional roles. He worked in corporate finance at Eli Lilly and Company, Inc. and later at Fitzgerald | Isaac, p.c. as a certified public accountant. Building on his knowledge and experience, Minnis went on to found Controller Associates LLC where he also served as President of the company. Controller Associates, LLC provided part-time controller and Chief Financial Officer services to small companies and non-profit organizations, as well as a variety of financial statement analysis and consulting services. He sold the firm to Milestone Advisors in 2006.

Karthik Ramanna

Associate Professor of Business Administration
Henry B. Arthur Fellow
Marvin Bower Fellow
Harvard Business School 
Harvard University

Professor Ramanna is an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, where he is also the Henry B. Arthur Fellow, an appointment supporting the research and teaching of business ethics, and a Marvin Bower Fellow, an appointment to help faculty launch innovative new research agendas. Additionally, Karthik is a faculty associate in the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts & Sciences and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Accounting & Economics. Professor Karthik teaches the first-year M.B.A. course “Leadership and Corporate Accountability,” where he is particularly involved in studying the responsibilities of business leaders worldwide in lobbying regulators and combating corruption. Previously, Karthik taught the first-year M.B.A. course “Financial Reporting and Control.” Occasionally, he co-teaches in HBS’s executive education programs (“Finance for Senior Executives”) and its doctoral programs. In November 2012, he helped launch “Leadership and Corporate Accountability—India”, an executive program at HBS’s new classroom in India.

K. Ramesh

Professor of Accounting
Jones Graduate School of Business
Rice University

K. Ramesh is Professor of Accounting, Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. Ramesh obtained his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and has previously served on the faculties of the business schools at Northwestern University, the University of Rochester, The Pennsylvania State University, and Michigan State University where he was the Plante & Moran Faculty Fellow and Director of Accounting Doctoral Program. He was an academic fellow at the Office of the Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission during 2007-8. During his tenure as vice president at two leading economic consulting firms, Ramesh worked with leading law firms, Big-4 audit firms, major corporations and governmental agencies. 

His academic research has focused on: (1) Capital market information environment; (2) Role of accounting information in contracting and regulation; and (3) Financial information/disclosures and valuation. His recent research examines the extent of voluntary disclosure of corporate accounting information, the information content of financial reports mandated by securities regulators, the role of newswires and data aggregators in disseminating corporate accounting information to different investors, and the interplay between mandatory regulation and voluntary disclosures. Ramesh has published in leading academic journals such as The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Journal of Finance. His research was cited in the recent study conducted by the AAA Research Impact Task Force on the role of academic accounting research on professional practice. He was a member of the Editorial Advisory and Review Board of the Accounting Review and an associate editor of FMA Online. 

Ramesh is currently the President of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section (FARS) of the American Accounting Association and a member of the FARS Steering Board. He was a member of American Accounting Association’s Financial Accounting Standards Committee during 2004-6. Ramesh was the research sessions coordinator for the 2006 FARS Mid-Year Meeting and a member of the FARS Research Program Committee for the 2010 AAA Annual Meeting. He has interacted with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on various issues relating to standard setting and disclosure regulation. His interactions with the FASB ranges from an invitation in early 1990s to discuss potential improvements to disclosures on derivative financial instruments and fair values of financial instruments to a participation as the academic representative for a key panel session “Conceptual framework: Bedrock issues” in 2006.

Nemit Shroff

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Sloan School of Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Shroff's research examines whether and why financial reporting affects managerial actions, particularly their investment decisions. His recent research explores some of the reasons why financial reporting creates information to facilitate managerial decisions, in contrast to the usual focus on information for external investors’ decisions. His research also examines the factors that determine managers’ financial reporting choices and ultimately the quality of financial reports.

Before pursuing his graduate studies, he worked at Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Shroff holds an undergraduate degree from Sydenham College in Mumbai, an MBA from Amrita School of Business, as well as an MS in applied economics and a PhD in accounting from the University of Michigan.

Daniel Taylor

Assistant Professor of Accounting 
The Wharton School 
University of Pennsylvania 

Professor Taylor’s research focuses financial reporting in capital markets, and how managerial incentives affect financial reporting. His research appears in leading academic journals including The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Financial Economics,and Marketing Science. His research has been featured in the popular media, including such outlets as the Wall Street Journal and theNew York Times, and has been cited in final rulings by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He regularly attends and presents at professional meetings and was previously awarded a Deloitte Foundation Fellowship.

Professor Taylor teaches Introduction to Financial Accounting to undergraduates. He received a PhD in Business from Stanford University, a MA in Economics from Duke University, and a BS in Economics from the University of Delaware.

James Wahlen

Professor of Accounting
James R. Hodge Chair of Excellence
Kelley School of Business
Indiana University

Whalen's professional interests are in capital markets consequences of financial accounting information. His current projects are working with Shell, Amsterdam Institute of Finance, KPMG and Bank of America.