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Q&A With Interpublic Group's Chief Risk Officer

Matt Kelly | September 14, 2004

This profile is the latest in a series of weekly conversations with executives at U.S. public companies who are currently involved in establishing and developing compliance programs. An index of previous conversations is available here.

Last year Interpublic restated results back into the 1990s, and uncovered more than $180 million in hidden expenses. You were named chief risk officer in December 2002, and that’s an unusual title for a company outside the financial-services sector. How were the two connected?

I have a traditional accounting background. I came from Pricewaterhouse and I came over here as a vice president and general auditor and moved up to vice president of financial administration.

To the point about Interpublic, we did go through some severe restatements and scrutiny from the SEC, which we’re still under. We got into a very difficult...

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