corporate governance

September 28, 2023

The Strange Case of the ‘Disappearing’ Internal Audit Department

Over the years, I have weighed in often on behalf of municipal/local government internal auditors who have been victims of the wrath of bureaucrats or politicians. […]
August 21, 2023

Gaslighting the Internal Auditors Should Never Succeed

The term “gaslighting” has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Its origins date back to a British play later made into a film during […]
August 14, 2023

Sky-high CEO Pay Can Create Significant Risks

There has been a surge in news regarding CEO compensation. Always a topic of intense interest, CEO pay can become especially contentious during periods of economic […]
July 23, 2023

Internal Auditors Serve the Public Interest – Even When the Public Doesn’t See Their Work

Seven years ago, I had the distinct privilege of joining several IIA colleagues on the podium of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to ring the […]
June 19, 2023

Internal Audit Must Provide Assurance on Ethics in the C-suite, Too!

There haven’t been as many recent high profile corporate scandals involving ethical misconduct by corporate executives, but that doesn’t mean the risk has diminished.  As recent […]
May 8, 2023

Did Banking Regulators Just Throw Internal Audit Under the Bus?

When Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) closed its doors in early March, I joined many in wondering what kind of risk and control environment the bank had. […]
April 18, 2023

Walking a Tightrope When Internal Audit Stakeholder Expectations Don’t Align

One of the features that makes internal auditing so valuable to modern enterprises is that we serve multiple stakeholders, including the board, various levels of management, […]
March 2, 2023

6 Things Audit Committee Members Often Won’t Say to Internal Audit

Relationships between audit committees and chief audit executives (CAEs) have become increasingly more complex as the risks facing organizations have become more diverse and dynamic. Indeed, […]
January 16, 2023

Are Internal Auditors to Blame When Boards Are in the Dark?

Over the years, I have spoken to countless board members about their roles and expectations for internal auditors. Most are complimentary of the internal auditors in […]
April 11, 2021

Six Questions Boards (and Internal Audit) Should Ask About Cybersecurity

For more than a decade, cyber-related risks have been at or near the top of all risks faced by organizations around the world. Too often, cybersecurity […]