Gus De Franco is the KPMG Professor of Accounting at the Freeman School, Tulane University. He recently moved from the University of Toronto, where he served as an associate professor of accounting. He was previously a visiting professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also worked at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. De Franco has taught a wide variety of accounting courses at the undergraduate, master’s and PhD levels, including financial accounting, management accounting, financial statement analysis, accounting theory and accounting-based capital market research. An active accounting researcher, De Franco has published articles in the Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Accounting Studies and Contemporary Accounting Research. Topics of his research include sell-side analysts, CFA charter holders, private firms’ accounting quality, relative valuation, and firms’ choice of compensation peers. De Franco has a broad business background including experience as an equity securities research analyst at CIBC Capital Markets and a marketing product manager at Kraft Inc.
Education & Affiliations
PhD, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
MBA, Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University
HBA, The Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario