PwC rolled out the red carpet on July 1 welcoming Wesley Bricker’s triumphant return from the dingy dungeons of the SEC, with trumpets blaring, a large feast being served, and red wine flowing like water—at least that’s how it happened in my mind.
Bricker, who stepped down as SEC chief accountant in late May, has returned to P. Dubs as a vice chair and the firm’s new assurance leader for the US and Mexico, succeeding Maria Moats, PwC announced on July 16.
PwC US Chairman Tim Ryan said in a statement:
“Wes Bricker has a track record in the global markets for thinking ahead on the future of financial reporting, the role of auditors and future of the audit, the role of audit committees, the implications of technology, changes in the capital markets and changing stakeholder expectations. Wes will help us build on all that has been done to continue to enhance audit quality, advance innovation and run our business well. We are thrilled to welcome Wes back to the firm.
“Wes succeeds Maria Moats, who led the Assurance practice through a very important period of change and innovation — expanding the use of technology and the skills of our people to drive quality and deliver the value-added insights that our clients expect.”
Bricker, who started as an intern with PwC, according to his LinkedIn profile, worked at the firm for more than a decade, including a four-year stint as a partner serving clients in the banking, capital markets, financial technology, and investment management sectors. He also served as a member of the firm’s National Quality Organization.
After leaving PwC to become SEC deputy chief accountant in 2015, Bricker took over as chief accountant in November 2016 from James Schnurr, who sustained serious injuries in a bicycle crash near his home in Jupiter, FL, in April of that year.
Schnurr, who broke his neck in the accident and is now a quadriplegic, was awarded $41 million in damages by a Palm Beach County jury last May.
Bricker also served as a professional accounting fellow in the SEC Office of the Chief Accountant from 2009 to 2011.
We reached out to Bricker for a comment and hopefully we’ll hear from him by EOD. And we can only hope that Wes had dusted off an old PricewaterhouseCoopers backpack and wore it as he walked through the gates of the House of Ryan on July 1.