Walton T. Conn, Jr., is a partner and Global Head of Audit Methodology and Implementation at KPMG. He leads the firm’s Global Services Centre, which develops and maintains audit methodology, guidance, tools, and training for KPMG member firms’ audit teams. Mr. Conn served as Vice President–Practice for the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association from 2010 to 2012 and was on the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants from 2006 to 2009.
J. Michael Cook is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte & Touche, LLP. He directed the global merger of Deloitte Haskins & Sells with Touche Ross & Company in 1989. Mr. Cook is a member of the board of directors and chairs the audit committee of Comcast Corporation. He also is a board member of International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., where he chairs the compensation committee. Mr. Cook is the Chairman of the Government Accountability Office’s Accountability Advisory Panel, a chairman emeritus of the Board of Catalyst (the organization for the advancement of women in business), and the former Chairman of the Board of Governors of United Way of America. Mr. Cook previously has served as Chairman of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and as a member of its Auditing Standards Board.
James D. Cox researches and teaches securities regulation and corporate law as the Brainerd Currie Professor of Law at Duke University Law School. Professor Cox has taught at Duke for more than 30 years and also at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, Stanford Law School, and at the University of San Francisco’s School of Law. Professor Cox has authored numerous articles and books addressing a wide range of corporate, securities, and accounting topics. He also has provided testimony at several congressional hearings and, in 2008, before the U.S. Treasury Department’s Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession. Professor Cox served on the New York Stock Exchange’s Legal Advisory Committee and the Legal Advisory Board of the National Association of Securities Dealers, now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Jerry M. de St. Paer is a senior advisory partner at Grail Partners, which invests in and provides advisory services to the asset management business. Previously, he was the Executive Chairman of the Group of North American Insurance Enterprises. He also worked as the Chief Financial Officer of XL Capital, Ltd. (Bermuda), the Managing Director at J. P. Morgan, and at Hudson International Group. Mr. de St. Paer serves on the Advisory Council of the International Accounting Standards Board. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors of the U.S. companies of SCOR Reinsurance, a publicly listed global French reinsurer. He serves on the boards of directors of the Ronald McDonald House of New York and the Bermuda Wellness Foundation, and he is a member of the Advisory Council of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He previously served on the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and on the International Financial Reporting Standards Advisory Council of the International Accounting Standards Board.
Charles M. Elson is Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He also is “of counsel” to the law firm of Holland & Knight. Previously, he was a professor at Stetson University College of Law. In addition to leading and presenting at various corporate compensation and governance panels and conferences, Mr. Elson has authored numerous academic papers on corporate governance. Currently, he serves on the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Advisory Council, is a board member of HealthSouth, and serves as a director for several not-for-profit groups.
As Managing Partner for Assurance Quality at PwC, Michael J. Gallagher supervises national office efforts in the areas of accounting services, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission services, risk management, strategic thought leadership, auditing services, and audit methodology. Mr. Gallagher also is responsible for PwC’s audit transformation program, learning and development, and regulatory relations and inspections groups. He has more than 28 years of public accounting experience and previously served as PwC’s U.S. Chief Accountant, U.S. Risk Management Leader, and a member of its U.S. Board of Partners and Principals. Mr. Gallagher currently serves as the Chair of the Center for Audit Quality’s Professional Practice Executive Committee.
Robert L. Guido, retired Vice Chair of Ernst & Young LLP (E&Y), served in several roles during his 38-year tenure with the firm, including the Senior Advisory Partner to some of the largest global manufacturing, media, consumer products, and energy industry clients. He was the firm’s senior partner responsible for coordinating with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as well as Vice Chair and Chief Executive Officer of E&Y’s Assurance and Advisory practices. Mr. Guido is a member of the board of directors and the Chairman of the audit committees of Bally Technologies, Inc., and of Commercial Metals Company. He also serves on the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Advisory Council on Risk Oversight. In addition, Mr. Guido is a member of the board of trustees and the Chairman of the audit committee of Siena College, and he is a board member and the Chairman of the audit committee of the North Highland Company, a privately owned global consulting firm.
Elizabeth F. Mooney is an analyst at Capital Group, with global accounting research responsibilities. She has 23 years of investment industry experience and has been with Capital Group for ten years. Prior to joining Capital, she was a consumer industry analyst and then a portfolio manager for private clients and institutions with RCM Capital Management. Before that, Ms. Mooney worked at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. She is a member of CFA Institute’s Corporate Disclosure Policy Council and the CFA Society of San Francisco.