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Mary Ann Cloyd is the Leader of PwC's Center for Board Governance which advises audit committees and boards of directors on emerging governance issues and leading practices. The Center also conducts research and provides perspectives on critical governance issues, including its Annual corporate directors survey.
Mary Ann has over 35 years of public accounting experience serving multinational corporate clients in a variety of industries. She currently serves on PwC's Global Board of Partners and Principals and served two terms on the US Board of Partners and Principals. Mary Ann also has substantial operational experience. She was the Tax Market Leader for the Southern California, Phoenix and Las Vegas tax practices for many years. As a senior partner in the firm, she continues to work closely with clients.
On the US Board Mary Ann chaired the Risk Management, Ethics & Compliance Committee and the Partner Admissions Committee. She was also on the Management Executive Compensation Committee and People Committee. On the Global Board she is currently on the Risk and Operations Committee and was previously on the Clients Committee.
Active in professional and community organizations, Mary Ann is on the Board of Trustees of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Charitable Foundation, Inc. She was President of the Foundation through September 30, 2011, a position she held for many years. She is also on the UCLA Iris Cantor Women's Center Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for the Geffen Playhouse and the Board of Directors of the California Chamber of Commerce. She has previously been a member of the United Way of Southern California Women Leaders' Steering Committee and the Baylor Business School Advisory Board. In addition, she has been on the Boards of Junior Achievement and the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles where she served as Chairman of Volunteers.
Catherine helps boards and audit committees apply leading practices and understand the impact of emerging regulations on their activities. She has worked extensively with boards and directors from a number of countries, including the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, the United States, and Venezuela.
Catherine co-wrote the Audit Committee Effectiveness -- What works best and Board Effectiveness -- What works best books, which were published in 2011. NACD Directorship magazine in 2011 named her for the fifth consecutive year as one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance in the United States. She also speaks frequently at director conferences.
Catherine is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in New Jersey) and a Chartered Accountant (from Canada) and holds a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada.