Audit chairs discuss tax reform, information security, and activist investing


Central Audit Committee Network, October 2017

Board members are confronting a number of challenges as they attempt to steer their companies through uncertain waters.  Members of the Central Audit Committee Network (Central ACN) convened in Chicago on October 3, 2017, to discuss tax reform, the information security function and chief information security officer (CISO) role, and new trends in shareholder activism.

Members were joined by James Holley, CISO of Caterpillar, and Robbie Higgins, CISO and Vice President of Enterprise IT Risk at AbbVie, for a session on the board’s oversight of information security.  Over dinner, Phil Denning, a Partner at ICR, spoke about lessons learned in crisis communication, with an emphasis on shareholder activism. In addition, Gary Gasper, Co-Leader of EY’s Washington Council, joined members for a discussion on impending tax reform.