At Merrill, we pride ourselves on simplifying the complexities of developing, managing and distributing sensitive content — to help businesses move forward. In the rich world of XBRL data, this complexity is growing and evolving daily. XBRL is rapidly becoming the de facto language for those filing, reviewing and analyzing financial statements, with use cases ranging from in-depth SEC reviews to investors’ decision-making. It’s tough enough to understand the building blocks of XBRL — much less stay on top of new requirements, use cases, best practices and other XBRL trends.
To cut through this complexity, Merrill is launching its coverage on XBRL. Here, you’ll find more than a newsfeed. You’ll get a clear perspective on how XBRL changes impact your organization, definitive guidance on navigating XBRL challenges, and valuable insight into where XBRL is heading — all driven by XBRL experience and expertise that’s simply unmatched in the industry.
Meet Lou Rohman
As Vice President of XBRL Services at Merrill, Lou Rohman is the face — and the voice — of Merrill’s unprecedented XBRL expertise. His natural ability to present a complex subject in an accessible, understandable manner makes him a frequent speaker at national and international XBRL events.
In addition to leading Merrill’s renowned group of XBRL experts, Lou is currently a member of both the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s US-GAAP Taxonomy Advisory Group and the IFRS Foundation’s IFRS Taxonomy Consultative Group. He has been an active participant with XBRL US on the US-GAAP taxonomy project team and currently serves as Vice-Chair to the XBRL US Data Quality Committee.
Lou’s deep expertise is grounded by 10 years of public accounting experience. He has held leadership positions including Director of External Reporting, Sr. Finance Officer, IT Controller, and Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at leading companies.
Lou is a CPA and has an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants and has an Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford University.