We continue our Year-end toolkit podcast series with an episode for finance teams on how to maximize the impact of audit committee meetings.
In each episode of our Year-end toolkit series, our guests share insights on key areas of the year-end accounting and reporting process.
In this episode, guest host Kyle Moffatt, PwC National Office Professional Practice leader, sits down with Stephen Parker, a partner in PwC’s Governance Insights Center, to discuss the ways that finance teams can effectively communicate with those charged with governance and share insights on key areas of focus for audit committees.
In this episode, you’ll hear discussion of:
  • 2:00 - The challenges facing both management teams and audit committee members, including the breadth of issues raised to audit committees
  • 7:50 - The top issues finance teams should be prepared to discuss with audit committees, including keeping up with the regulatory and compliance landscape, the evolution of ESG discussions, and the intersection of risk management and strategy
  • 17:58 - Preparing to effectively address new SEC cybersecurity disclosure rules
  • 20:05 - Key insights on feedback heard from audit committees and boards of directors as well as an overview of the results of the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) 2023 Audit Committee Transparency Barometer report
  • 27:10 - Final advice for management teams engaging with those charged with governance

For more information on key SEC rules, refer to our publications on cybersecurity disclosures and cybersecurity materiality assessments. Additionally, follow this podcast on your favorite podcast app for upcoming episodes in our Year-end toolkit series.
About our guest
Stephen Parker is a partner in PwC’s Governance Insights Center, which strives to strengthen the connection between directors, executive teams, and investors by helping them navigate the evolving governance landscape. With more than 30 years of experience, Stephen has advised boards of directors on a variety of complex financial reporting matters. Stephen’s client service experience includes energy and utility companies, financial services companies, and nonprofits.
About our host
Kyle Moffatt is PwC’s Professional Practice leader, leading a team responsible for working with standard setters and regulators as well as delivering brand defining thought leadership and educational materials. He also consults with engagement teams and audit clients on SEC reporting matters. Before PwC, Kyle spent almost 20 years with the SEC, most recently as Chief Accountant and Disclosure Program Director in the Division of Corporation Finance.
Transcripts available upon request for individuals who may need a disability related accommodation. Please send requests to us_podcast@pwc.com.
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