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Emerging Leaders: 2021

”nousevat sisäisen tarkastuksen johtajat vuonna 2021”

In the face of unprecedented adversity, this year’s crop of high-performing practitioners demonstrate the true meaning of determination and grit.

Maureen Cooper is one of the Emerging Leaders 2021. Read the whole article, and the stories of Maureen Cooper and the other emerging leaders from here.

Maureen Cooper, CIA

29, Senior Manager, Technology Audit

Maureen Cooper’s status as an Agile expert at her company began with a third party’s test run. “A client was starting on its Agile audit journey and asked us to partner on executing a couple of pilot audits,” the University of Oklahoma graduate says. The Agile approach emphasizes enhanced flexibility and greater engagement with stakeholders. In 2018, Cooper was tasked by executives with helping to develop “Next-gen Agile Audit” materials for the company, reports Andrew Struthers-Kennedy, a managing director at Protiviti. Cooper has since led external-facing webinars, conducted virtual and internal self-study training, and contributed to educational blog posts on the topic, Struthers-Kennedy says. “She regularly interviews clients on their Agile audit journeys to provide consulting advice tailored to their size, risk profile, and complexity,” he adds.

As the company’s Next-gen Agile Audit practice has grown, Cooper has joined the project management office leadership team, including bringing in a junior colleague to mentor. More broadly, she focuses on technology audits and general controls and cybersecurity across financial services, consumer products, and manufacturing sectors. From April 2020 to March 2021, she helped lead a global strategic initiative to innovate control testing services using emerging technology and alternative delivery models. She and two colleagues defined, established, and piloted the company’s Control Testing & Innovation Center, leveraging a standardized approach to increase the effectiveness of 70-plus controls. At her previous Protiviti post, in Chicago, Cooper led a wide range of local community service activities, including toy and book drives, gift bag events, and sponsored activities in support of nonprofits. Spare time is spent with “a very busy toddler,” her husband, and their dog, Murphy.