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CAQ Welcomes Natalie Protze as Professional Practice Fellow

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Washington, DC – Natalie Protze, CPA, has joined the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) as a Professional Practice Fellow. Formerly an audit senior manager in the Denver office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Protze will help guide the CAQ’s professional practice and public policy activities during her 18-month fellowship.

“We welcome Natalie to the CAQ team,” said CAQ Executive Director Cindy Fornelli. “She brings an impressive background in public company auditing and will have a significant impact on our professional practice and public policy activities.”

Protze has 14 years of experience auditing large multinational companies in the consumer products and manufacturing, distribution and retail sectors. She has led large multi-disciplinary engagements, including reviewing SEC filings, communicating with audit committees and interacting with regulators. During a two-year rotational assignment in PwC’s National Office, she served as a consultant to engagement teams in many complex business and financial accounting matters and co-authored a number of the firm’s publications. 

Protze earned a BS in Business Administration from State University of New York at Geneseo, and is a CPA in Colorado, North Carolina and New Jersey.

She is the fourth participant in the CAQ’s professional practice fellowship program, which is conducted in collaboration with the CAQ’s member firms, and succeeds Carrie Cristinzio of Deloitte LLP. “Carrie leaves us knowing she has made a significant contribution to our audit policy agenda and activities,” Fornelli added. “We thank Carrie for her commitment to the CAQ and look forward to her connection to the CAQ continuing as she returns to Deloitte.”

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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 Certified Public Accountants. For more information, visit