Former HealthSouth CFO who served jail time after accounting fraud writes ethics playbook

Former HealthSouth CFO who served jail time after accounting fraud writes ethics playbook

Ryan Phillips

5 February 2015

Birmingham Business Journal Online

Aaron Beam, a business ethics speaker and founding chief financial officer of HealthSouth Corp. (NYSE: HLS), has penned a new book on business ethics. Beam said his newest book, “Ethics Playbook: Winning Ethically in Business,” stands out against other works in the field of ethics by providing lessons to help avoid unethical business practices. Beam is able to relate these lessons to readers because of his involvement in an accounting fraud scheme at HealthSouth under then-CEO Richard Scrushy. Beam surrendered to federal authorities in 2003 and served time in prison before becoming a public speaker in 2009. “It’s not a text or highly academic,” Beam said in a written statement. “It’s got practical ideas and principles that people can use to avoid the pitfalls of unethical business practices—in whatever career stage they’re in. I learned my lesson the hard way, but that doesn’t mean they have to.” He will have a book signing event in Birmingham next month. The event will be held at Workplay and is scheduled for Thursday, March 5., from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., according to a release from Beam.


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