ABRAHAM VERGHESE, CPA
RISK MANAGEMENT/TRANSFORMATION EXECUTIVE
GOVERNANCE RISK MITIGATION COMPLIANCE STRATEGY Results-driven executive with 20+ years of experience in overseeing audit and risk management functions for multi- billion dollar organizations across industries. Accomplished in leading global cross-functional teams in applying strong internal controls while taking projects from concept to close. Credited with strong ability to identify trends and develop competitive strategies for execution. Deep understanding of unique regulatory requirements and adapting solutions in various environments. Proven expertise in translating complex data and technical analysis into clear, concise reports. Technical proficiency in enterprise systems, GRC and audit solutions. An innovative and inspiring leader, a strategic problem solver, and trusted business partner that collaborates successfully across varying cultures on the global scale.
Enterprise Risk Management
SEC & SOX Compliance
Streamlined Bunge’s SOX program (including remediating material weakness) through governance and relationships.
Helped transform Cognizant Audit’s into a value-added business partner, from a traditional Compliance focus.
Led efforts to achieve conformity with IIA standards for Cognizant Audit function within 1.5 years.
Discovered consulting payments fraud, resulting in procurement automation and increased use of data analytics.
Reduced fees by 40% and increased efficiency by rationalizing SOX controls and testing strategies at Cognizant.
Established best-in-class Corporate Audit & Risk function at Oracle and Cognizant, in turn achieving cost synergies.
Safeguarded Cognizant and Oracle with recommendations of risk aversion measures for sensitive information assets.
Strengthened client relations at PwC and E&Y, serving as a “point of resolution,” and maximizing value for clients. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
BUNGE LIMITED, White Plains, NY Oct 2016 – Present
(Global Agri Commodities Trading & Food Manufacturing; $46B revenues; 31K associates) Head, Global SOX Program
Lead transformation of the global SOX and Internal Controls programs while strengthening the organizational control environment.
Successfully transformed Bunge’s SOX program through top-down risk assessments, controls rationalization, automation, program governance, and strategic relationships; improving control environment and auditor reliance.
Streamlined policies, processes and systems across the company’s manufacturing and trading operations.
Contribute leading practices in Finance transformation efforts across the global organization (manufacturing, trading, support functions, etc), including establishing global/regional shared services and centers of excellence.
Spearheaded risk management and compliance initiatives in relation to strategic acquisitions, divestitures, including proposed segment IPO, and implementation of new accounting standards.
Lead strategic initiatives, including reorganization, to increase efficiencies and reduce overall cost of compliance. COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, Teaneck, NJ Mar 2012 – Oct 2016
(Global IT Services; $15B revenues; 260K associates) AVP, Audit (Global SOX & Head-Americas & APAC)
Drove transformation within audit/risk management functions. Led initiatives to achieve conformity with global SOX requirements, IIA standards, COSO, COBIT and Cyber frameworks. Deployed strategic risk management, audit plans and automation programs.
Achieved objectives by closely managing relationships with Audit Committee, External Auditors, Executive Management, Business Unit and Corporate Function leaders.
Enhanced performance results with strong motivation and management of teams (35-40 associates globally), encouraging team morale and developing future organizational leaders.
Successfully collaborated with business and corporate function leaders to ensure effective risk management through strategic and operational initiatives.
Minimized risk exposure by applying strong control acumen in the full audit cycle of global processes and centers, including IT/security risks, to preserve effectiveness, reliability, and compliance with applicable regulations.
Served as an information resource and “go to,” lending knowledge of sector rules, global regulations, SEC/SOX requirements, best practices, tools, techniques, performance standards and business ethics. ABRAHAM VERGHESE Page 2
ORACLE, Redwood Shores, CA Nov 2005 – Mar 2012
(Global Enterprise Software & Hardware; $38B revenues; 138K associates) Director, Business Assessment & Audit
Envisioned and deployed strategic initiatives including ERM, Audit Plans, M&A integration, Budgeting & Operations, Process Transformation and Quality Assurance.
Improved the competitive positioning of processes and controls by analyzing the external and internal global business environment for critical areas of risk exposure.
Boosted audit performance by determining the internal audit scope and developing annual plans based around a dynamic risk environment.
Delivered all allocated audit projects on time by managing the scope of deliverables and deviations from targets while maintaining ongoing communication with management.
Leveraged a diversified skill set to audit global processes like source to settle, quote to cash, alliances & channels, incentive compensations, product designs & support services, HR to payroll/benefits, treasury & cash management, expense to pay and supply chain, etc.
Spearheaded international regional/subsidiary and investigation reviews across subsidiaries and shared service centers in countries within South America, Europe, Asia and the United States.
Achieved compliance by planning, supervising and performing audits in accordance with IIA standards. PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS (PwC), San Jose, CA Apr 2004 – Nov 2005 Assurance Manager
Successfully led audits/reviews of public and non-public company financial statements, including SEC filings, SOX compliance, delisting and discontinuation of business, with a focus in the technology sector.
Increased transparency by preparing and presenting reports that highlighted audit results while serving as an objective source of independent advice.
Positioned the organization competitively through novel recruitment tactics, development training and access to knowledge sources while also streamlining budgets, inventory and receivables management.
Advanced QA initiatives by evaluating practices and policies while performing audits and preparing financial reviews, aligned with organizational, accounting and regulatory standards. ERNST & YOUNG (formerly Andersen prior to merger), India/Australia Jan 1996 – Feb 2004 Assurance Manager
Managed client expectations and balanced peoples' aspirations within E&Y’s objective to maximize value for clients, people and the firm. Led engagement teams that conducted statutory, tax and internal audits, GAAP reviews, performed due diligence reviews and other agreed-upon procedures in relation to M&A activities.
Specialized in several industries across the old and new economies, including manufacturing sector, information technology, telecommunications, media/entertainment and other services.
Led internal process reengineering projects by combining feedback from process owners with leading practices.
Assured protection of client’s foreign direct investments with strong foreign investment consulting services for multinational companies setting up operating entities in India.
Improved employee engagement by supervising and mentoring 10-12 employees to achieve performance goals.
Prioritized workload to meet tight deadlines and challenging targets by continuously encouraging teams. ADDITIONAL HISTORY
JOHNSON & JOHNSON LIMITED, Management Trainee, India ITC LIMITED (BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO CO), Industrial Trainee, India LOVELOCK & LEWES (Member of erstwhile COOPERS & LYBRAND), Articled Student, India EDUCATION & C REDENTIALS I NSTITUTION & A F F I L I ATIONS Bachelor of Commerce
Certified Public Accountant
St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, India
California Board of Accountants, United States
Institute of Chartered Accountants, India
Institute of Cost Accountants, India