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Resilient CAEs: An internal audit podcast

Changing the focus and future of chief audit executives

As the role of the chief audit executive (CAE) continues to expand, how can CAEs elevate their role within the organization? Tune in to our new leadership podcast series, Resilient CAEs, to explore what it means to be a resilient internal audit leader and how technology can help you lead through transformation.

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New risks. New roles.

Once considered the watchdogs and auditors of internal controls, CAEs are shifting to become strategic business partners. Why them? Why now? Disruption in industries, companies, business models, and technology is bringing additional risks to organizations—and their leaders.

Amid this near-constant flux, the CAE’s role is to keep their organization apprised of the varied risks it faces and establish, enhance, and report on the controls that can keep the organization in compliance.

To do this well—and with greater business impact—many CAEs are recognizing their hard-edged technological, risk management, and compliance skills now must blend with softer people skills. Leaning in to understand the business and the needs of their constituents, the CAE can provide assurance that internal controls are working properly and also anticipate what’s around the corner, advise stakeholders on operational issues, and provide broader insights on risks to the organization.

Sandy Pundmann

Leading through dramatic transformation

As we expand the voices of resilient leaders and bring you their unfiltered stories, Sandy Pundmann, Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory’s internal audit leader, hosts a series of episodes where she explores what it means to be a resilient chief audit executive. In this inaugural episode, Sandy and Resilient host Mike Kearney discuss how technology and innovation are helping CAEs lead through a dramatic transformation in their organizations.

What we're seeing at the chief audit executive level by the board, by the audit committee, the audit committee chair, and the C-suite is they really want the chief audit executive to have a point of view and perspective on what's going on with the business.

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Get to know the host: Sandy Pundmann

As a partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP, Sandy leads the US Internal Audit practice. She works with CEOs, chief risk officers, chief audit executives, and compliance officers to help develop company-specific risk programs, identify risks to add value, and leverage value-creation opportunities.

Sandy is a visionary leader, helping internal audit departments elevate their organization to not only provide assurance, but also to advise and anticipate risks. She is a frequent speaker and author on governance, enterprise risk management, and internal audit.

In upcoming episodes, Sandy will interview CAEs of some of the world’s best-known brands—starting off with Brandi Thomas, vice president of corporate audit at Delta Air Lines—and learn how they’re elevating the impact of internal audit with a different mind set powered by new technologies, insights, and methods.

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Resilient is an award-winning podcast series that features authentic, engaging, and thought-provoking conversations with leaders. Hear interviews and personal stories about how CEOs, senior executives, government officials, board members, and people outside of the business world embrace complexity to lead, navigate, and disrupt to accelerate performance. And discover what they learned about resilience amid risk, crisis, and disruption.

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