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Barbara Van Allen Tapped to Lead CAQ Stakeholder Relations and Communications Team

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

~~Former Mortgage Bankers Association Official Joined by New Director of Stakeholder Relations to Enhance CAQ Outreach and Education Efforts~~

Washington, D.C. – The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) is pleased to announce that it has hired Barbara Van Allen as Senior Director of Stakeholder Relations. Van Allen joins the CAQ from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), where she served as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications. Van Allen reports directly to CAQ Executive Director Cindy Fornelli.

“Barbara is a veteran communications expert whose considerable experience in financial services and capital markets policy provides a deep and broad perspective to the CAQ’s stakeholder relations and communications initiatives,” said Fornelli. “Her background in strategic communications, marketing and public policy will significantly benefit the CAQ’s efforts to serve investors, public company auditors, and the capital markets. We are delighted Barbara has joined the CAQ.”

Van Allen led the largest division of the MBA during a time of significant economic turbulence, during which she grew membership, reduced member turnover, and launched a major initiative to strengthen member engagement. She was responsible for strategic member and stakeholder relations, driving and positioning key thought leadership, and using data to strengthen critical related systems and processes.

Prior to joining the MBA, Van Allen was the Chief Marketing Officer for Ability One / NISH, where she managed marketing, government affairs, communications, quality, and training. Van Allen previously served in leadership positions in corporate communications with Cushman & Wakefield and ITT Corporation, and as a Legislative Director in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Van Allen leads the CAQ’s Stakeholder Relations and Communications team, which has expanded with the recent addition of Linda Eddy. Eddy serves as the Director of Stakeholder Relations, where she works to enhance efforts to promote stakeholder engagement, education and expertise. Eddy comes to the CAQ from Freddie Mac, where she was the Director of Investor Relations. “With a significant background in investor relations, Linda brings a new perspective and skill set to the CAQ’s efforts to support and engage the investor, preparer, regulator, and academic communities,” said Fornelli.


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