McConnell & Jones LLP, one of Houston’s largest CPA firms, is proud to announce the recent appointment of Darlene Brown, CIA, CFE, to Director of Enterprise Risk Services. In her new position, Brown will direct the firm’s Enterprise Risk Advisory and Internal Audit Service Team which works with a wide array of privately-held and publicly –traded companies as well as public sector agencies.
“Darlene is a seasoned professional with extensive expertise advising senior executives and Boards of Directors on internal audit, enterprise risk, Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 and other control issues,” said Enterprise Risk Services Consulting Services Partner, Odysseus Lanier.
Brown is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner with more than 18 years experience in leading internal audits, enterprise risk assessments, business process improvement and operational performance reviews. Considered a specialist in identifying and evaluating business risks and related internal controls, Brown’s experience includes developing and managing internal audit departments; conducting enterprise risk assessments to develop annual internal audit plans; assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of operations; determining the reliability of financial reporting; and assessing compliance with standards, laws, and regulations.
In addition to 13 years with McConnell & Jones in multiple leadership and project management roles, Brown has also worked as a Forensic Champion and Internal Audit Manager in Eastern Europe for a Fortune 500 multi-national corporation. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of University of Texas with a B.B.A. in Accounting and earned a Masters of Business Administration, with a concentration in international studies from the Audencia School of Business, Aix-en-Provence, France.