NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Synchronizing Board Oversight

January 20, 2016
Atlanta, GA

Location and Time


The Buckhead Club
3344 Peachtree Road, Suite 2600
Atlanta, GA 30326

7:30am - 9:30 am

Speaker Spotlight


Keith Keller

Keith Keller, Advisory Services Managing Director, Grant Thornton LLP - has 30 years of business experience working with a variety of organizations to enhance their business performance through risk management, operational effectiveness and enhanced governance. Keith brings substantial financial services, internal audit and compliance knowledge, as well as expertise in ERM. Prior to Grant Thornton, Keith held the role of Deputy Chief Auditor and Senior Vice President at Wachovia. He also was a partner at both Deloitte and Arthur Andersen and a Managing Director at Piderute in their internal audit, financial controls and risk management advisory services as well as a director of internal audit-capital markets/operations/corporate banking at Continental Bank in Chicago and First National Bank of Chicago

Robert Westerkom

Robert Westerkom, Advisory Services Senior Manager, Grant Thornton LLP - Robert is a Senior Manager in the Southeast Region Business Advisory Services Practice and leader of Grant Thornton’s Governance, Risk & Compliance practice in Atlanta. His 14 years of consulting experience has covered a wide range of engagements, including projects in enterprise risk management, internal audit co-sourcing/outsourcing, quality assurance reviews, internal audit transformation and Sarbanes-Oxley.

Laura Patterson

Laura Patterson, Chief Audit Executive, Southern Company - Laura joined Southern Company in 1982 in internal auditing at Southern Company Services and has served in numerous leadership roles across the Southern Company system. These positions included Internal Auditing Manager at Southern Company Services, Manager/Director of Accounting Research and Policy, and Director of Corporate Accounting, as well as Director of Accounting Implementation for Southern Energy Inc./Mirant Corp. She joined Georgia Power in 2003 and served as Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Janice Piacente

Janice Piacente, Vice President Internal Audit, Halyard Health - Janice has over 20 years of experience in internal audit, consulting, financial governance and enterprise risk management. Prior to Halyard, Janice was Chief Compliance and Risk Officer at Coca-Cola Enterprises, based in Uxbridge, England. At CCE, she was responsible for the global Ethics and Compliance Program, including Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Controls. Prior to CCE, she held IA leadership roles at Post Properties, Deloitte and Arthur Andersen. While at Deloitte, she also served as the US Southeast HR Leader for the Audit Practice.

Paul Sobel

Paul Sobel, Vice President and ”¨Chief Audit Executive, Georgia Pacific - Paul Sobel is Vice President/Chief Audit Executive for Georgia-Pacific, LLC, a privately owned forest and consumer products company based in Atlanta, GA. He previously served as the Chief Audit Executive for three public companies: Mirant Corporation, an energy company based in Atlanta, GA.; Aquila, Inc., an energy company based in Kansas City, MO.; and Harcourt General’s publishing operations based in Orlando, FL. His responsibilities included leading the global internal audit efforts at these companies, as well as consulting on each company’s ERM, compliance and internal controls programs. He has also served as International Audit Manager for PepsiCo, Senior Manager in Arthur Andersen’s Business Risk Consulting practice, and Experienced Manager in Arthur Andersen’s Financial Statement Assurance practice.



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