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Cindy Fornelli: The auditor’s CCO

Tammy Whitehouse | May 2, 2017

From the earliest days in her legal career, Cindy Fornelli was most interested in litigation, but not for the kind of courtroom drama normally associated with such proceedings.

Fresh out of law school in 1990, Fornelli remembers spending her first year as an associate at law firm Fried Frank rotating through various legal departments to get exposure to many areas of the practice. “You would rotate through government contracts, litigation, transactions, mergers, and acquisitions, just to see where you fit and where your skills and interests were,” says Fornelli. “I was drawn right away to litigation, but what I really enjoyed was helping companies build compliance programs.”

Call it prophylactic compliance, if you will, but Fornelli says she found much greater satisfaction on the front end of the compliance curve, trying to prevent companies from ending up in courtrooms. She liked learning about companies and their culture and helping them prevent problems rather than...

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