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CAQ Welcomes Brian J. Cassidy as Professional Practice Fellow

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Washington, DC – Brian J. Cassidy, CPA, has joined the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) as a Professional Practice Fellow. In this role, Mr. Cassidy will help guide the CAQ’s professional practice and public policy activities during his 18-month fellowship.

“We are delighted to welcome Brian to the CAQ team,” said CAQ Executive Director Cindy Fornelli. “His extensive experience with complex public company auditing issues will be of great value to our professional practice and public policy activities.”

Mr. Cassidy joins the CAQ from Deloitte LLP, where he is an audit senior manager in the New York office. With over 11 years of audit and advisory risk experience, Mr. Cassidy has focused primarily on serving large public-company asset managers, including those participating in private equity, real estate, and other alternative investments. He has specialized in providing financial reporting and operational control services—including financial statement audits and SOX/COSO readiness assessments—and has significant experience in assisting clients on a variety of financial reporting and risk management issues identified during the course of an audit.

Mr. Cassidy earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Villanova University. He is the seventh participant in the CAQ’s Professional Practice Fellowship Program, which is conducted in collaboration with the CAQ’s member firms, and succeeds Kevin Lavin of Ernst & Young LLP.

“Kevin has been a valuable part of the CAQ’s leadership team during his fellowship,” Fornelli added. “We thank Kevin for his service to the CAQ and his numerous and significant contributions to our audit policy agenda and activities. We wish him well as he returns to EY.”

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The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) is an autonomous public policy organization dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets. The CAQ fosters high quality performance by public company auditors, convenes and collaborates with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues requiring action and intervention, and advocates policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity, effectiveness, and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions. Based in Washington, D.C., the CAQ is affiliated with the American Institute of CPAs. For more information, visit