Granite Consulting Group Inc. Releases the "Top 10 Rising Stars in Internal Audit™"

 Granite Consulting Group Inc. Releases the "Top 10 Rising Stars in Internal

PR Newswire

BREWSTER, N.Y., June 17, 2013

BREWSTER, N.Y., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The future of the internal audit
profession was unveiled in a recent award program sponsored by Granite
Consulting Group Inc., The Georgetown Group and Women Corporate Directors.

TheTop 10 Rising Stars in Internal Audit™ is a business award for new and
soon to be Chief Audit Executives. It was established to recognize high
performing members of the Internal Audit profession who have contributed in
new and interesting ways.

The Top 10 award winners were selected by a judging panel consisting of
thought leaders in the internal audit profession. Current Chief Audit
Executives as well as public company Board Members and members of academia
were represented on the judging panel.

The concept of "Rising Stars in Internal Audit" was selected to highlight the
leaders (and their organizations) who will guide internal audit through this
next iteration of change and to assist managers of internal audit functions
(IAFs) to enhance their organizations' corporate governance.

"The management of organizational risk is something that is becoming more
relevant each day. These rising stars in internal audit have shown some
cutting edge ways that leading companies are using to identify and mitigate
risks," said Michael Bechara, Managing Director of Granite Consulting Group

Eric O'Neill from the Georgetown Group adds, "The smartest companies are
mitigating risk through diligence before transactions close. Understanding
how information can steer decisions is what makes a rising star in internal

Below are the Top 10 Rising Stars in Internal Audit™ and the panel of judges:

Name            Organization
Allen Cooper    ConAgra Foods
John Lazarine   Rackspace Hosting
Kevin McMahon   Calpine Corp.
Larry Kowlessar Agricultural Development Bank of Trinidad and Tobago
Pam Jenkins     USFoods
Robert Berry    University of North Florida
Robert Rudloff  MGM Resorts International;
S.M. Aly Osman  US Fund Managers Limited
Shelby Faubion  DynCorp International
Sunil Sajnani   Conn's

Top 10 Rising Stars in Internal Audit™ Judges are:

Judge               Organization
Dr. George Aldhizer Wake Forest University
William Bardani     Vision Financial Search
Steve Casazza       Nestle North America
Robert King         Fedex
Teresa Ressel       Public Company Board Member
Andrea Robertson    Public Company Board Member
Alan Schumacher     Public Company Board Member

About Granite Consulting Group

Granite Consulting Group is a national internal audit, risk and forensics firm
serving Management, the Board of Directors and the Attorneys, Bankers and
Private Equity Institutions that serve our clients.

For an irreverent look at economics, finance and accounting, please visit
Granite Consulting Group Inc's blog at

SOURCE Granite Consulting Group Inc.

Contact: Michael Bechara, 845-282-3899,
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