Industry Leader to Lead June Meeting PD2 Session
Sonya LaVeau – Risk Advisory Services Director, ACM
Sonya LaVeau joined ACM in 2017 with over 17 years’ experience and leads ACM’s Risk Advisory Service Practice. Her focus is on internal control over financial reporting primarily for publicly traded companies, helping them design control structures that prevent/deter fraud as well as meet their compliance needs. Sonya has experience developing templates and methodology used to perform the Section 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX 404) assessments, and has managed multiple SOX engagements for diverse companies, in a variety of industries.
Sonya understands that most people dislike SOX and find it intimidating. “I look at it this way,” she says, “You lock your house before you leave, and you lock your car when you park it, increasing your control over break-ins. SOX controls do the same for your business.” She is passionate about her work and enjoys working with clients serving as a sort of gatekeeper to potential problems.
Sonya’s years of experience include involvement in preparing and reviewing the risk assessment and scoping for SOX projects, including identifying key process risk and mitigating controls for companies with multiple significant business locations in the mining, construction, and oil and gas industry. She works closely with management and control owners to develop and maintain a realistic and manageable control structure. She also works closely with the client’s auditors during each phase of the process, focusing efforts around documenting key processes and testing key controls.