Area(s) of expertise: accounting industry, audit
Summary of expertise:
Francine McKenna (@retheauditors on Twitter) is a freelance writer with credits in the Financial Times, Accountancy Age, Accountancy Magazine, the FEI Blog, and various financial, media, and technology blogs. She also blogs at Forbes.com under the heading “Accounting Watchdog.” Her blog is occasionally reposted at the The Huffington Post and she had a weekly column at GoingConcern.com. re: The Auditors is her specialized news site about the business of the Big 4 audit firms. Stories explore the role, responsibility and regulation of the audit/accounting industry in the global capital markets in an independent, objective, and usually critical way. Ms. McKenna was recently named a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Financial and Business Journalism in the online commentary and blogging category. Francine has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Financial Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek, The Deal, The Times of London, the Guardian, and the Financial Chronicle (India) amongst many others. She has been profiled by accounting and social marketing/media sites. Her public speaking credits include private training, university teaching, and speeches for the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, and the Maryland Association of CPAs. Ms. McKenna has more than twenty-five years of experience in a range of industries in the consulting and professional services environment. McKenna directed the Y2K PMO for JP Morgan in Latin America and was the first female Managing Director for BearingPoint in Latin America, responsible for the Industrial, Automotive and Transportation practice. She was a RVP for Jefferson Wells/Manpower and a Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, auditing the PwC the firm itself. She held various positions in accounting and financial management prior to her career in professional services and began her career as an internal auditor at Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust in Chicago. She is fluent in Spanish, as well as her native English, and can provide services in either language. Her firm, McKenna Partners LLC, is a specialized consultancy that advises other professional services firms. These services include consulting on litigation involving the audit firms, in particular if there are complaints alleged related to member firms outside of the United States.
Blog/Web site: http://retheauditors.com
August 4, 2010, American Accounting Association, “Operating an Accounting Blog” Panel participant. May 14, 2010, The Georgia Southern University Fourth Annual Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference, “The Skeptical Professional” April 27, 2010, Video Interviews for The Deal Magazine, “Lehman Hearings: Who’s auditing the auditors?” And “Goldman SEC charges to spark cases against others” April 20, 2010, Video Interview, Forbes Magazine, “Wall Street’s Biggest Bankruptcies – How shareholders lose when auditing firms fall short” April 19, 2010, IIA Chicago Chapter 50th Annual Conference, Conversations Rule: Employees Drive Your Company’s Brand And Add Risk January 3, 2010, Davos Debates, Video Entry July 9, 2009, “2009 Mid-Year Review – Securities Litigation and Enforcement” sponsored by Securities Docket.com Panel participant June 16, 2009, Maryland Association of CPAs Business Expo, “Managing Your Career: Turning Uncertainty Into Opportunity” May 4th, 2009, Houston IIA Chapter, “Lessons From Current Crisis – What’s An Internal Auditor To Do?” April 28, 2009, Video Interview with Matt Davio at MissTrade.com January 6. 2009, The Securities Litigation Year In Review Webcast, Securities Docket dot com. Ms. McKenna provided an update on class action and securities litigation against the audit firms. The webcast featured several of the leading bloggers in the securities litigation and SEC enforcement world — Walter Olson (Point of Law ; Overlawyered ), Kevin LaCroix (The D&O Diary ); Tom Gorman (SEC Actions ), and Bruce Carton (Securities Docket.) (This webcast will recur on July 9th, 2009 for a mid-year review and Ms. McKenna will participate again.) December 4, 2008, Quest Session 52070, ”SAS 70 in a Post-Sarbanes SaaS World” December 2008, DePaul University Information Systems Security Management Program, “A Multicultural Career” May 14, 2008, The Corporate Counsel.Net, Podcast, “Big Changes Afoot In The Audit Industry” hosted by Broc Romanek
Ms. McKenna was recently named a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Financial and Business Journalism in the online commentary and blogging category.
Prior media experience:
Videos for The Street.com, Forbes.com, The Maryland Association of CPAs
BS Management, Accounting major, Purdue University Some graduate study the University of Chicago Center for Creative Leadership Harvard Business School Executive Education, Leading Professional Services Firms Poynter Institute, Critical Tools for The Non-Traditional Journalist, Fellowship
the Financial Times, Accountancy Age, Accountancy Magazine, the FEI Blog, and various financial, media, and technology blogs. She also blogs at Forbes.com under the heading “Accounting Watchdog.” Her blog is occasionally reposted at theThe Huffington Post and she had a weekly column at GoingConcern.com.
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