Top-ranking business watchdog to speak here on March 19

Think of Tom Ray as a nationwide guard against business shenanigans.

For many years, he was among the U.S. government’s highest-ranking watchdogs of the accounting industry, charged with making sure that the auditors of giant corporations were doing their jobs.

He set the tone — and the rules — to ensure that big companies’ slip-ups, both intentional and unintentional, got noticed.

Now Mr. Ray is coming here to Fordham to speak, thanks to arrangements made by Ernst & Young. Remember last year’s E&Y speaker series that brought you top business-ethics lecturers Harry Markopolos, who blew the whistle on Bernie Madoff, and Sherron Watkins, who outed the misconduct at Enron?

Mr. Ray — the former chief auditor and director of professional standards at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in Washington, D.C. — is this semester’s entry in that distinguished lineup.

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Time: 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Location: Hughes 307
Register: Click here 

 

Additional information about Mr. Ray:

From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Ray worked for the Washington, D.C.-based Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Rising to the position of chief auditor and director of professional standards, he advised the board’s members on establishing and implementing parameters for the audits of U.S. public companies, including high standards of quality control, ethics and independence.

Mr. Ray’s experience with the government is bookended by a career at KPMG, where he first became a partner in 2000. Most recently, he was the head of the audit group in KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice and a member of KPMG’s International Standards on Auditing Panel.

Prior to becoming a KPMG partner, Mr. Ray was the director of audit and attest standards at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He joined the AICPA staff in 1995 after 13 years with Grant Thornton LLP as an audit professional.

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