Gaylen R. Hansen is an audit partner and Director of Quality Assurance at EKS&H, a firm of certified public accountants headquartered in Denver, Colorado. His responsibilities include firm compliance with all professional and regulatory standards, including ethics and independence. In August 2016, he was appointed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to its Auditing Standards Board (ASB). The ASB establishes auditing, attestation, and quality control standards for all U.S. non-public entities. He also serves on the Consultative Advisory Groups to both the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) and the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA).
Hansen is a past board member and chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), the Colorado State Board of Accountancy, and the Colorado Securities Board. He also previously served as a member of the U.S. Treasury Department's Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession, the Standing Advisory Group to the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), and the AICPA's Professional Ethics Executive Committee, which is responsible for the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct that must be followed by all U.S. CPAs and their firms.
Hansen is a frequent speaker on financial reporting matters for both public and private entities and has served as an expert witness and arbitrator. He was included in Accounting Today's 2013 listing, “Top 100 Most Influential People,” and is a recipient of the Colorado Society of CPAs' Distinguished Service Award.
He is a graduate cum laude of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and was granted an MBA in international business from California State University, Fullerton. He has been a certified public accountant since 1977.