John Newstead

John Newstead

US Process Assurance Leader,
Risk Assurance Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

John Newstead leads our US Process Assurance practice. Its professionals have deep industry knowledge, regulatory and business process skills. They review, assess, document, test and report on today’s complex landscape of financial, operational, regulatory and information technology controls.

Working closely with organizations they provide integrated end-to-end solutions and services to enhance value by translating strategy into action and focusing on results. His professionals assist organizations optimize system implementations, processes and controls through improved design and architecture.

John has led numerous technology and process control reviews across several sectors specializing in banking and multilateral lending institutions. He has worked closely with IT and Internal Audit functions to ensure the practices are focused on enabling an organization to achieve its goals and objectives. He has also provided IT controls risk and compliance training to senior IT management and their teams.

He has been responsible for leading initial public offerings and Sarbanes-Oxley 404 readiness reviews incorporating major systems implementations such as Oracle, PeopleSoft and SAP. He also has extensive experience in providing both strategic and practical advice to major organizations in assisting their successful preparation for attestation, acquisition readiness, post deal consolidation and IPO around process and technology.

John has met with members of the PCAOB to understand the requirements of the auditing standards as they relate to information technology and been a panellist and presenter at a number of major Sarbanes-Oxley 404 seminars.

John's former experience was as the US East Region Risk Assurance Leader, head of PwC's Global Risk Management Solutions practice in East Africa, as well as a five-year secondment to the Financial Perspectives Directorate General at the European Commission, Brussels.