West Audit Committee Network-South

Enhancing audit committee leadership and influence

Audit committees play an extraordinarily important role in corporate governance. They are a critical player in establishing confidence and trust in capital markets by ensuring high-quality, reliable financial reporting. In addition, many audit committees are now charged with overseeing additional risks, including vitally important areas such as cybersecurity.

Chairing the audit committee of a large public company is difficult. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions. Success requires judgment, developed from personal experience and insight from others who have faced similar situations. 

Since 2005, the West Audit Committee Network (WACN) has helped its members—the chairs of the audit committees at large public companies—succeed. WACN has two chapters, one that meets twice each year in Northern California and another that meets twice each year in Southern California. In addition, the two chapters meet jointly once each year. The conversations sometimes feature world-class guests, but the members’ voices dominate, and the agendas are driven by the audit chairs.

Tapestry Networks orchestrates the network, building on 15 years of convening board leaders in meaningful conversations. Tapestry helps members prepare for meetings with insightful, original reading material that draws upon tailored research and pre-meeting interviews with members and other leading thinkers. The meetings are synthesized into post-meeting publications that can be shared with colleagues. Everything is done under a non-attribution agreement that ensures candor and protects personal and company confidentiality.

Our members include:

  • Ralph Boyd, Sandy Spring Bank
  • Eric Brandt, NortonLifeLock
  • Phyllis Campbell, Air Transport Services Group
  • Dan Doheny, Univar
  • Traci Dolan, Steel Dynamics
  • Rich Dozer, Viad
  • Burl East, Comunidad Realty Partners
  • Richard Goodman, Adient
  • Linda Harty, Parker-Hannifin and Wabtec
  • Leslie Heisz, Edwards Lifesciences
  • Ginnie Henkels, LCI Industries
  • Leon Janks, Pricesmart
  • Liz Jenkins, Snap
  • Diana Laing, Spirit Realty
  • Ed Lamb, Real Industry
  • Sara Grootwassink Lewis, Weyerhaeuser
  • Tim Leyden, Itron
  • Michael Montelongo, Conduent
  • Jim Morris, Edison International
  • Steve Orlando, Molina Healthcare
  • Stephen Page, AeroVironment
  • Jane Peverett, Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Kristy Pipes, PS Business Parks and Public Storage
  • Dick Poladian, Occidental Petroleum
  • Josh Schechter, Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Clarence Schmitz, AECOM
  • Jim Scilacci, Hawaiian Electric Industries
  • Daren Shaw, Ensign Group
  • Stephanie Streeter, Kohl’s
  • Les Sussman, East West Bancorp
  • Joe Tesoriero, Smart & Final Stores
  • Noel Watson, Zynga
  • Wendy Webb, Wynn Resorts
  • Janet Woodruff, Altus Group
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