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Our Year-end toolkit podcast series continues with a focus on managing the relationship with the audit committee.
In each episode of our Year-end toolkit series, you’ll find something relevant to the year-end reporting process.
This week Heather Horn was joined by Stephen Parker, a partner in PwC’s Governance Insights Center, to discuss the ways that financial reporting teams can effectively contemplate and manage their audit committee reporting and communications process for year end.
In this episode you’ll hear them discuss:
  • 5:24 - The core responsibilities of the audit committee
  • 8:06 - The value of highlighting what’s new or changed
  • 13:36 - Using dashboards effectively
  • 19:02 - Prioritizing the agenda
  • 23:02 - The topics top of mind for audit committees
  • 26:51 - Audit committees focus on ESG
  • 29:38 - Managing the “pre-read” materials
  • 35:59 - Keeping current throughout the year
  • 40:48 - Dealing with different styles of committee chairs and members
  • 45:55 - Final tips to increase director engagement
  • 48:36 - Heather tries to stump Stephen with some trivia
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 has also included energy and utility companies, financial services companies, and nonprofits.
About our host
Heather Horn is PwC’s National Office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With over 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
Transcripts available upon request. Please send requests to us_podcast@pwc.com.
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