Granite Consulting Group Inc. Releases the "Top 10 Rising Stars in Internal Audit™"

BREWSTER, N.Y., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The future of the internal audit profession was unveiled in a recent award program sponsored by Granite Consulting Group Inc., The Georgetown Group and Women Corporate Directors

The Top 10 Rising Stars in Internal Audit is a business award for new and soon to be Chief Audit Executives. It was established to recognize high performing members of the Internal Audit profession who have contributed in new and interesting ways. 

The Top 10 award winners were selected by a judging panel consisting of thought leaders in the internal audit profession.  Current Chief Audit Executives as well as public company Board Members and members of academia were represented on the judging panel. 

The concept of "Rising Stars in Internal Audit" was selected to highlight the leaders (and their organizations) who will guide internal audit through this next iteration of change and to assist managers of internal audit functions (IAFs) to enhance their organizations' corporate governance.

"The management of organizational risk is something that is becoming more relevant each day.  These rising stars in internal audit have shown some cutting edge ways that leading companies are using to identify and mitigate risks," said Michael Bechara, Managing Director of Granite Consulting Group Inc. 

Eric O'Neill from the Georgetown Group adds, "The smartest companies are mitigating risk through diligence before transactions close.  Understanding how information can steer decisions is what makes a rising star in internal audit."

Below are the Top 10 Rising Stars in Internal Audit and the panel of judges:



Allen Cooper

ConAgra Foods

John Lazarine

Rackspace Hosting

Kevin McMahon

Calpine Corp.

Larry Kowlessar

Agricultural Development Bank of Trinidad and Tobago

Pam Jenkins


Robert Berry

University of North Florida

Robert Rudloff

MGM Resorts International;

S.M. Aly Osman

US Fund Managers Limited

Shelby Faubion

DynCorp International

Sunil Sajnani


Top 10 Rising Stars in Internal Audit Judges are:



Dr. George Aldhizer

Wake Forest University

William Bardani

Vision Financial Search

Steve Casazza

Nestle North America

Robert King


Teresa Ressel

Public Company Board Member

Andrea Robertson

Public Company Board Member

Alan Schumacher

Public Company Board Member

About Granite Consulting Group

Granite Consulting Group is a national internal audit, risk and forensics firm serving Management, the Board of Directors and the Attorneys, Bankers and Private Equity Institutions that serve our clients.

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SOURCE Granite Consulting Group Inc.


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