Francine McKenna, CPA

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Francine McKenna, CPA

Francine McKenna is a reporter for Dow Jones MarketWatch in Washington DC where she covers financial regulation and legislation from a transparency perspective.

Before converting to journalism, McKenna held several executive positions in professional services, financial services and manufacturing firms.  She was a Director at PwC, auditing the firm’s post- Sarbanes-Oxley response to heightened compliance and regulatory scrutiny. She began her consulting career at KPMG, eventually directing the Y2K PMO for JP Morgan in Latin America. McKenna was BearingPoint’s first female Managing Director in Latin America. She has lived and worked in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina and is fluent in Spanish. Early in her career she worked as an accounting manager, financial reporting manager and controller in private industry. She began her career in internal audit at Chicago’s Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust.

McKenna is also an adjunct professor in the American University Kogod School of Business MBA program, currently teaching a course in international business. She recently taught a Maymester course in business journalsim for Baylor University.

Before coming to MarketWatch she was a freelance journalist.  re: The Auditors is McKenna’s own specialized news website about the business of the Big Four auditors. Her column “Accounting Watchdog” appeared at Forbes.com.  Her column “Accountable” appeared in American Banker. She is often quoted and speaks frequently about auditor litigation and accounting ethics for university graduate accounting programs and related conferences.
McKenna now lives in Washington D.C. but is a Chicago native.  She earned a Master’s in Liberal Arts degree in June 2016 from the University of Chicago.  Her undergraduate degree is from Purdue University’s Krannert School where she majored in accounting. She is a registered CPA in Illinois.

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What Investors Need to Know about Audits

Investors rely upon financial statements to analyze their current and proposed investments. Investors rely upon the audit process to verify the reliability of these statements. Auditors are professionals trained to verify financial statements, but as we all know, unreliable financial statements are a recurring problem. We will have a series of experts explaining the state of today’s audit process, how it has and continues to changes over time and what signals investors should look out for in evaluating financial statements to help identify possibly inaccurate statements.

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