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Seminar Recording

Taking Enterprise Risk from Theoretical to Practical

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Time: 5:35 pm - 5:35 pm EDT There are no CPE Credits for this Solution Demonstration.
CFO Dimensions 2013 | Governance, Risk, Compliance Track | Session 4 - Risk management has always been an integral part of business. But over the last two decades, a host of corporate scandals, security threats, recessions and a myriad of other crises have pushed risk management to the forefront of business strategy. Organizations are striving to manage and monitor risks more effectively, but many companies can?t seem to get beyond the theory and practically implement an effective ERM program. Join JetBlue Airways and Granite Consulting Group as they discuss practical ways of implementing ERM and how JetBlue evolved their risk program and created a strategically focused risk evaluation process setting the direction for future risk mitigation and operational improvement. Attendees will learn to go beyond linear "top 10" surveys and to incorporate practical and actionable strategies to implement an effective ERM program.


Michael Bechara, CPA, CRMA, Managing Director, Granite Consulting Group Inc.
Michael Bechara
CPA, CRMA, Managing Director, Granite Consulting Group Inc.
Michael has extensive financial management experience in corporate headquarters environments and has worked in the manufacturing, financial services, consumer goods and defense industries. In his current role as Managing Director, Michael advises clients on profitability issues, risk assessments, accounting issues, and post merger integration issues. Recent client success stories have come in the form of greater profitability and transfer of technical knowledge to the client. Prior to Granite, Michael was Chief Audit Executive in the defense and aerospace industry. In this capacity Michael oversaw risk based audits, government compliance reviews and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Michael was also actively involved in advising the Board of Directors on corporate governance matters and was appointed to several Senior Management Committees, i.e. Export Compliance, Review & Disclosure, etc. Michael’s prior experience includes working at the Pepsi Bottling Group and Daimler AG where he accumulated diverse experience in fraud investigation, acquisition, and risk management.
Luis Fernandes, CPA, Director of Corporate Audit, JetBlue Airways
Luis Fernandes
CPA, Director of Corporate Audit, JetBlue Airways
Lou is the Director of Corporate Audit for JetBlue Airways, a $5B domestic passenger airline and winner of nine consecutive J.D. Power & Associates awards for customer satisfaction. Lou is responsible for leading the Corporate Audit team and enhancing JetBlue’s internal controls to support future growth and strategic initiatives. Lou is also a key member of the Enterprise Risk Management Committee and the Quality Risk Working Group, which seeks to identify and mitigate safety risk. Lou has held various management positions within audit and finance in industries such as automotive and financial services for multinational organizations including Daimler AG and Pitney Bowes. Prior to JetBlue, he was Head of Internal Audit for a global investment and specialized fund asset management group responsible for the creation and syndication of asset and cash flow-based investments. Lou is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated cum laude from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.


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There are no CPE Credits for this Solution Demonstration.