2019-01-17 11:00 - 2019-01-17 12:00

This quarterly webcast series provides updates and insights into issues affecting Audit Committee and board oversight—from key accounting and regulatory changes to developments in risk oversight.

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Profile - Jose R. Rodriguez Jose R. Rodriguez Partner in Charge & Executive Director, Audit Committee Institute KPMG (US) Jose Rodriguez is the partner in charge and executive director of KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute (ACI), which is part of the KPMG Board Leadership Center. In this role, Jose leads ACI’s initiatives championing outstanding corporate governance to drive long-term corporate value and enhance investor confidence. Focusing on the audit committee and the director community more broadly, ACI engages with directors to help articulate their challenges and promote continuous improvement, delivering high-quality and actionable thought leadership and building communities to foster shared learning. He is a frequent speaker on audit committee and board governance issues. Jose also serves as an SEC reviewing partner and a foreign filing review partner. He was previously the chief operation officer, global audit, office managing partner for KPMG’s Global Services Center, and the East regional Professional Practice partner. Jose was admitted to the partnership in 1995. He was a member of KPMG’s U.S. and Americas board of directors from 2006 to 2011 and served as the lead director in 2011.
Profile - Leo Abruzzese Leo Abruzzese Global Director of Public Policy The Economist Intelligence Unit Leo Abruzzese directs the Economist Intelligence Unit's global forecasting service, shaping a coherent world view of the economy each month from the work of more than 100 staff analysts. Based in New York, he is also the principal analyst for the United States and presents the company's outlook on the U.S. and the global economic environment to companies, governments, and universities around the world. Before assuming these duties in 2010, Mr. Abruzzese was the Economist Intelligence Unit's Editorial Director in the Americas, overseeing a team of analysts and directing the company's research operations in that part of the world. Mr. Abruzzese has more than 30 years of experience covering economic, political, and business environments around the world. First as a journalist, then as an analyst, he has written about every major economic event of the last generation, from the oil shocks of the late 1970s to the financial-market shocks during the last recession. He has produced analysis on European economic integration, the rise of China, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Mexican and Asian financial crises, the Uruguay Round of global trade talks, and the U.S. and global asset bubbles of the last decade. He lived and worked in Washington for 20 years and covered economic and business issues in Congress, at the White House and before many U.S. government agencies, including the Treasury. Mr. Abruzzese received a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from St. Joseph's University, and has participated in European research programs sponsored by New York University and the German Marshall Fund. He has written for Aspen Institute publications and been interviewed by the BBC, CNN, CBS, and Al-Jazeera. He regularly chairs events for Economist Conferences, focusing on such topics as emerging markets, global finance, private equity, legal issues, and outsourcing.
Profile - Alexandra R. Lajoux Alexandra R. Lajoux Chief Knowledge Officer Emeritus NACD Alexandra (Alex) Reed Lajoux, Ph.D., M.B.A., founding principal of Capital Expert Services, LLC (CapEx), serves the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as chief knowledge officer emeritus. With more than 30 years’ experience in industry, she is regarded as a trusted source of useful insights and introductions in the field of corporate governance, M&A, and the professional disciplines that underlie these two important domains. Dr. Lajoux helped to launch CapEx, a diversity-minded firm connecting law firms and other professional services firms with business specialists for short-term assignments as expert witnesses or consulting experts. She is currently Series Editor for corporate governance and sustainability books at De G Press, an imprint of De Gruyter Publishing. During her time at NACD, Dr. Lajoux served as editor-in-chief of NACD’s founding flagship publication Director’s Monthly for more than 15 years, and also served as one of several leaders in developing the world’s largest library of director-centric thought leadership publications. In addition, Dr. Lajoux has conceptualized and authored or coauthored all the books in the McGraw-Hill Art of M&A series, covering strategy, valuation, financing, structuring, due diligence, and integration, as well as financial distressed M&A and bank M&A. Her articles have appeared in Financier Worldwide, Risk & Compliance, and Capital Insights. Dr. Lajoux serves on the Board of M&A Standards and on the advisory boards of Campaigns & Elections magazine and the Caux Roundtable. An associate member of the American Bar Association and a past member of IEEE and the Recording Academy, she is a Life Member of the NACD, as well as the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, where she served as a trustee. At Loyola University (Maryland) she is a member of the Jenkins Society, in support of education. She maintains an active membership in Toastmasters International.
Profile - Philip Smith Philip Smith Partner, Audit Committee Institute KPMG (US) Accomplished audit professional with over 30 years of experience providing assistance related to internal audit, Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 compliance, advisory and technical accounting advice, including assistance with the adoption of IFRS to more than 80 commercial clients, Have extensive experience working with international teams serving U.S. registrants and dealing with complex accounting issues related to revenue recognition, purchase accounting and inventory costing. As an Audit Committee Institute (ACI) Advisor, Philip regularly engages with audit committees and boards, sharing insights and facilitating peer exchange discussions focused on the challenges and priorities driving audit committee and board agendas.