April 22: 'Enhancing Audit Committee Report'

Weinberg Center, Center for Audit Quality co-sponsor call to action program

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4:35 p.m., April 10, 2014--The John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and the Center for Audit Quality invite the University of Delaware community to join a panel of experts for a dynamic discussion on a new report, “Enhancing the Audit Committee Report: A Call to Action,” Tuesday, April 22, at 9:30 a.m. in Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts.

Issued by a group of nationally recognized U.S. corporate governance and policy organizations known as the Audit Committee Collaboration, the call to action calls on audit committees of public companies of all sizes and industries to proactively consider the effectiveness of their public disclosures. 

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Panelists will address trends in audit committee disclosure and the collaboration’s view that more effective transparency about the audit committee’s roles and responsibilities is one way of increasing investor confidence, and an opportunity to communicate more clearly to shareholders about audit committee-related activities.

Panelists include:

  • Martin F. Baumann, chief auditor and director of professional standards, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board;
  • Robert E. Bostrom, senior vice president, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Abercrombie & Fitch;
  • Michelle Edkins, managing director, Global Head, Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment, BlackRock;
  • Cindy M. Fornelli, executive director, Center for Audit Quality;
  • Michele J. Hooper, managing partner, The Directors’ Council; audit committee chair, PPG Industries Inc. and audit committee member, UnitedHealth Group Inc.;
  • Laban P. Jackson, chairman and CEO, Clear Creek Properties Inc., and audit committee chair, JPMorgan Chase & Co.;
  • Joann S. Lublin, management news editor, The Wall Street Journal;
  • John W. Noble, vice chancellor, Delaware Chancery Court; and
  • James H. Quigley, CEO emeritus, Deloitte LLP; audit committee chair, Hess Corporation; audit and examination committee chair, Wells Fargo & Company; and audit committee member, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals.

Charles M. Elson, Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair in Corporate Governance, and director of the Weinberg Center, will moderate the panel.

A complimentary lunch will follow the program.

Attendees are asked to register in advance online. Where applicable, Delaware continuing legal education (CLE) credits will be provided. For more information, contact Linda Eddy at leddy@thecaq.org or Louisa Cresson at lcresson@udel.edu.

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