Cathy Allen

Cathy Allen

Managing Director-PwC Independence Office

Location
Greater New York City Area
Industry
Accounting

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Cathy Allen's Overview

Current
  • Managing Director - US Independence Office at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Past
  • Senior Manager: Independence & Special Projects at AICPA
  • Adjunct Instructor at Baruch College
  • Director of Independence (Dept. of Professional Practice) at KPMG
Education
Connections

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Websites

Cathy Allen's Summary

I help the firm and its personnel understand and apply the PricewaterhouseCooper's independence policies.

Cathy Allen's Experience

Managing Director - US Independence Office

PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Partnership; 10,001+ employees; Accounting industry

February 2012Present (2 years 8 months) Jersey City, NJ

Director-PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Independence Office

Consultant / Principal

Audit Conduct LLC

November 2005February 2012 (6 years 4 months) South Setauket, NYb

I provided compliance support and advice on independence and professional ethics to CPA and other professional firms, including training and communications, project management, quality controls advice and practice tools, litigation support and expert witness.

Director of Independence (US Independence Office)

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Partnership; 10,001+ employees; Accounting industry

September 2003November 2005 (2 years 3 months)

Developed and delivered independence training to PwC leadership globally; developed comprehensive independence diagnostic tool for worldwide use; established programs to effect an interactive learning environment; spearheaded development of a formal database for documenting ethics matters

Adjunct Instructor

Queens College

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

19962003 (7 years)

Taught introductory and intermediate accounting principles from 1996-97 and from 2002-2003 to evening students at the college.

Senior Manager: Independence & Special Projects

AICPA

Nonprofit; 501-1000 employees; Accounting industry

19922003 (11 years)

Except for a break between 1996 and 2000, worked on ethics standard-setting initiatives and investigated cases involved alleged ethics infractions. Also worked on educational initiatives, e.g. AICPA's first auditor independence course and the Plain English Guide to Independence.

Adjunct Instructor

Baruch College

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

19982001 (3 years)

Taught intermediate accounting courses to evening students at the college.

Director of Independence (Dept. of Professional Practice)

KPMG

Partnership; 10,001+ employees; Accounting industry

19981999 (1 year)

Responsible for all aspects of independence compliance, e.g.,
Created the firm’s first plain English guide to independence and
consulted with engagement teams on complex auditor independence matters.

Cathy Allen's Skills & Expertise

  1. Compliance
  2. CPA
  3. Accounting
  4. Auditing
  5. Tax
  6. Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  7. Internal Controls
  8. Financial Accounting

Cathy Allen's Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant

    • NY, NJ and MD

Cathy Allen's Publications

  • Benefits of Effective Quality Control Systems in Accounting Firms: Seeing the Big Picture

    • The CPA Journal
    • January 2011
    Authors: Cathy Allen

    Based on surveys of CPA firm personnel conducted by the author, this article describes the larger benefits (i.e. besides compliance with professional standards) -- such as greater competitiveness, adaptability, and profitability that accrue to firms that have effective systems in place to assure high quality work.

  • Comparing the Ethics Codes: AICPA and IFAC

    • Journal of Accountancy
    • October 2010
    Authors: Cathy Allen

    This article provides an indepth comparison between the Ethics Codes of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), describes how the AICPA Code is converging with the IFAC Code, and the AICPA's ethics codification project.

  • A Global Standard for Professional Ethics

    • Journal of Accountancy
    • May 2008

    This article focuses on the international ethics standards—including auditor independence—promulgated by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and how U.S. practitioners may be affected by them. (Co-author Robert Bunting was deputy president of IFAC at the time the article was developed.)

  • Improving the Code of Professional Conduct

    • Journal of Accountancy / AICPA
    • June 1, 2011
    Authors: Cathy Allen

    This article provides background on the AICPA's ethics codification project and explains the conceptual framework approach and how it is being incorporated into the Code.

Cathy Allen's Education

Queens College

BA-Accounting and Information Systems, Accounting

19841988

Cathy Allen's Additional Information

Websites:
Interests:

auditor independence, professional ethics

Groups and Associations:

Member - NYS Board for Public Accountancy (since 2011) Member - NASBA Ethics and Strategic Professional Issues Committee (since 2011) Member - AICPA and the NYS Society of CPAs (since 1992)

Honors and Awards:

PwC NY Metro Area Chairman’s Award Winner for participation in worldwide independence training effort [2005]

2001 Journal of Accountancy article, “The Engagement Team Approach to Independence,” praised by the Editorial Review Board as “a valuable selection for the profession” [2001]

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