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Sougiannis Named KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accountancy


Champaign, IL, October 18, 2006.  The College of Business at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce that Professor Theodore Sougiannis has been appointed the KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accountancy. By conferring the KPMG Professorship on Professor Sougiannis, the College recognizes and celebrates his many contributions in the field of Accountancy and to his Department and the College.

Professor Sougiannis joined the College in 1990, after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Earlier he graduated from the University of Pireaus (Greece) and received M.B.A and M.A. degrees from York University in Canada. His research focuses on the use of accounting numbers in stock market valuations, the choice of financial accounting rules, and accounting regulation. His research papers in these areasoften at the interface of accounting and finance have had significant impacts on the literature and the understanding of accounting phenomena.

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (, is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. KPMG International¹s member firms have nearly 104,000 professionals, including 6,700 partners, in 144 countries. KPMG created the KPMG Professorship to recognize excellence in business research and education. It is part of the firm¹s ongoing commitment to fostering knowledge and thought leadership in partnership with faculty and institutions of higher education.

KPMG LLP and the KPMG Foundation are pleased that Professor Theodore Sougiannis has been appointed to fill the KPMG Distinguished Professorship of Accounting, said Manny Fernandez, National Managing Partner Campus Recruiting for KPMG. Professor Sougiannis is on the front line of devising student skill priorities, research and training tools, and advisory methods to enhance the accounting curriculum and to prepare students to become valued and trusted members of the accounting profession.

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