West Audit Committee Network

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:

North Chapter

  • Skip Battle, Expedia
  • Joe Bronson, Jacobs Engineering Group and Maxim Integrated Products
  • Judy Bruner, Varian Medical Systems and Seagate Technology
  • Raman Chitkara, Xilinx
  • Henry DeNero, Western Digital
  • Jeff Epstein, Twilio
  • Earl Fry, Hawaiian Holdings
  • Matt Fust, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical
  • Mark Garrett, Cisco and Pure Storage
  • Tom Gilligan, KB Home
  • Ken Goldman, GoPro
  • Steve Gomo, Enphase Energy
  • Mark Hawkins, SecureWorks 
  • Jeri Hilleman, NovoCure 
  • Bala Iyer, Power Integrations
  • Sue James, Coherent
  • Lou Lavigne, DocuSign, Novocure, and Zynga
  • Cathy Lego, Cypress Semiconductor 
  • Ann Mather, Alphabet, Inc and Netflix 
  • Mary Pat McCarthy, Andeavor 
  • Stan Meresman, Palo Alto Networks and Snap Inc. 
  • Betsy Rafael, Autodesk and Shutterfly
  • Chuck Robel, GoDaddy and Model N
  • Karen Rogge, KEMET
  • Janice Sears, Invitation Homes and Essex Property Trust
  • Steve Sordello, Atlassian
  • Hilliard Terry, Umpqua Bank
  • Malia Wasson, Columbia Sportswear

South Chapter

  • Kimberly Alexy, FireEye
  • Frank Biondi, ViaSat
  • Ralph Boyd, Sandy Spring Bank
  • Traci Dolan, Steel Dynamics
  • Rich Dozer, Knight-Swift Transportation
  • Burl East, Communidad Realty
  • David Engelman, PrivateBancorp
  • Richard Goodman, Adient and Western Union
  • Leslie Heisz, Edwards Lifesciences 
  • Leon Janks, Pricesmart
  • Diana Laing, Macerich
  • Ed Lamb, Real Industry 
  • Sara Grootwassink Lewis, PS Business Parks,
    Sun Life Financial, and Weyerhaeuser
  • Steve Orlando, Molina Healthcare
  • Stephen Page, AeroVironment
  • Jane Peverett, CIBC 
  • Dick Poladian, Occidental Petroleum and Public Storage
  • Byron Pollitt, Voya Financial
  • Clarence Schmitz, AECOM
  • Jim Scilacci, Hawaiian Electric
  • Daren Shaw, Ensign Group
  • Mike Stein, Aimco
  • Stephanie Streeter, Kohl’s
  • Peter Taylor, Edison International
  • Joe Tesoriero, Smart & Final Stores
  • Wendy Webb, Wynn Resorts
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