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Kenneth A. Merchant, Ph.D.
Professor of Accountancy, University of Southern California

Dr. Merchant holds the Deloitte & Touche LLP Chair of Accountancy at the University of Southern California (USC), and currently teaches in USC's M.B.A., Executive M.B.A. and undergraduate accounting programs. He has also served as Senior Associate Dean-Corporate Programs in USC's Marshall School of Business and as Dean of USC's Leventhal School of Accounting. Dr. Merchant is also a part-time research professor at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. Before joining USC, he taught at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Merchant started his professional career at Texas Instruments, Inc., and Ernst & Young. He has also worked as a freelance consultant/teacher for many organizations including Amgen, Arco, AT&T, British Airways, Campbell Soup, Digital Equipment, IBM, McGraw-Hill, Novellus Systems, Philip Morris International, Tektronix, Toyota U.S.A. and World Bank. He has served or is currently serving as a director of Diagnostic Products Corporation (DP), Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and John Laing Homes. Dr. Merchant has a doctorate in accounting from the University of California, Berkeley, a M.B.A. in operations research and production from Columbia University, New York, and a bachelor's degree in industrial economics from Union College, New York.