Maybe the Times should have asked Salzberg more pertinent questions: like how he’ll lead the firm through extreme downward pressure on audit fees, loss of his firm’s market share in the financial services audit area, the boom-bust staffing cycle the firms juggle given a business model highly dependent on a steady stream of low-cost college recruits, and the huge amount of time and money spent on litigation instead of enforcement of audit quality.

Better still, Salzberg might have been asked where Deloitte will find CPAs who can demonstrate professional skepticism, rather than worry, as so many auditors do, about fitting in, how the firm will train them to resist company pressure to compromise standards, and how to support the ones who blow the whistle on fraud and accounting manipulation.

Now, that would be a Q&A.

Francine McKenna is a freelance writer who authors the blog re: The Auditors, and the Accounting Watchdog column atÂ