Center for Board Governance: Our mission

Our mission is to help directors effectively meet the challenges of their critical roles. We do this by sharing governance leading practices, publishing thought leadership, and offering forums on current issues. We also meet with boards of directors, audit committees and executives to share our insights into significant governance challenges and developments. This helps directors comply with evolving expectations and regulations.

Paula Loop

Paula Loop is the leader for PwC’s Center for Board Governance and Investor Resource Institute, which aim to strengthen investor confidence and provide resources for directors and investors addressing new and traditional challenges.

An outgoing and accomplished leader, clients and colleagues have come to rely on Paula's passion for client service and her ability to develop and lead innovative, high-energy, proactive teams to deliver tangible results. Throughout her career, she has been an innovative and passionate champion for all elements of the firm's talent development strategy.

With more than 20 years of experience at PwC, Paula brings extensive knowledge in governance, technical accounting and SEC and financial reporting matters to both organizations.

She previously served as PwC’s New York Metro Regional Assurance Leader, where she led one of the firm’s largest assurance practices, overseeing roughly 275 partners and 3,000 staff members. Her responsibilities included: audit quality, partner and resource deployment, and financial results.

Prior to this role she was the U.S. and Global Talent Leader leading PwC’s global strategy in recruiting, onboarding and talent management, among other firm leadership responsibilities.

With a passion for giving back to the community, Paula currently serves on the board of the PwC Charitable Foundation.

Paula is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in New York and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration.

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 bestbooks, 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.

Since 2009, Don has been a partner in PwC's Center for Board Governance, which provides thought leadership, points of view on contemporary governance issues, and training to prominent boards of directors and the governance community. He provides practical governance perspectives and personal insights, as well as evaluating and benchmarking activities relative to his personal experience and leading practices. With over 35 years of cumulative knowledge and experience, and having served as the lead engagement partner of several of PwC's Global 100 clients, Don's career has spanned a wide variety of industries from technology and software to industrial products and oil and gas.

Don served as PwC's Global Software Industry Leader for five years, and he uses his information technology background to address related board considerations regarding emerging technologies. He was the chief architect of the firm’s research on board oversight of information technology and the resulting publication Directors and IT - What Works Best. He has also worked on several investigations. This experience gives him a unique perspective in discussing relevant board oversight considerations, including mitigating related fraud risks.

As a recognized public speaker at conferences and forums, Don has addressed a variety of topics, including corporate governance, industry business practices, SEC reporting, and emerging technologies. He recently presented at the annual national conferences of Corporate Board Member and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He has served as a faculty member and written many courses for NACD's professional development director training programs, programs sponsored by the Colorado State Society of CPAs, and the Professional Development Institute.

Don has frequently been quoted in the press and in periodicals, such as The Wall Street Journal,Bloomberg Businessweek, Investor's Business Daily, and CFO Magazine. He has also authored or co-authored a number of other works, including Audit committee effectiveness—What Works Best; Software Industry Accounting, published by Wiley & Sons; and PwC's User Friendly Guide to Software Revenue Recognition.

Don was the managing partner of the Austin office. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Terry is a partner in PwC's Center for Board Governance, which provides thought leadership, points of view on contemporary governance issues, and training to prominent boards of directors and the governance community. With over 30 years of experience, Terry has served as the lead engagement partner of PwC’s largest global clients, including a number in the Fortune 500. Terry's career as engagement partner for PwC has spanned a wide variety of industries mostly focused on medical device and technology companies. Terry has served as the regional leader of PwC’s pharmaceutical and life sciences industry group as well as the technology industry group while being part of PwC’s San Diego and Minneapolis offices.

Terry has been a featured speaker at conferences and forums. He has been a featured speaker on a variety of topics, including corporate governance, technical accounting topics including revenue recognition and SEC reporting. 
Terry is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Saint John's University (Minnesota).

Paul DeNicola is a Managing Director at PwC's Center for Board Governance where he works to extend the firm's thought leadership in the area of corporate governance.  A speaker at forums for directors and governance professionals, Paul also advises boards and executive teams on emerging governance issues. He has twice been named to Directorship Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in U.S. corporate governance.  Paul was also honored as a recipient of the Rising Star Award from the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management.

Paul is also an Associate Professor at New York University's Stern School of Business where he teaches courses in corporate governance and professional responsibility.  He was formerly an adjunct professor at Hofstra University, The City University of New York, and Nassau Community College.

Prior to joining PwC, Paul was Director of The Conference Board's Governance Center, where he oversaw educational and research initiatives in corporate governance, enterprise risk management and business ethics. In that role, he co-authored The Conference Board's Handbook on Corporate Political Activity.  He also co-chaired The Conference Board's Research Working Group on Corporate Governance and Sustainability and served on the advisory group for its Task Force on Executive Compensation.

Paul earned his BA and MA degrees in interdisciplinary studies from The Gallatin School of New York University and completed a PhD in philosophy and communications at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee Switzerland.

Barbara Berlin is a director in PwC's Center for Board Governance.  She is active in advising board and audit committee members on governance-related issues, providing them with the latest perspectives and practices to effectively meet the challenges of their critical roles.  

Barbara develops various thought leadership reports and conducts research on contemporary governance topics. She has authored Defining Risk Appetite in Plain English and the annual publication, Key Questions for Board and Audit Committee Members. Barbara has also co-authored, Directors and IT- What Works Best and Audit Committee Effectiveness--What Works Best, 3rd edition. She also helps develop the PwC’s new Audit Committee Excellence Series, which provides practical and actionable insights and perspectives to help audit committees maximize their performance.  Barbara is also extensively involved in board-level education, having principal responsibility for the Center's annual Key considerations for boards and audit committee members seminar series, which is exclusive to directors of large multinational corporations.

Barbara is a Certified Public Accountant in the states of New York and New Jersey.

John Morrow is a director with the Center for Board Governance within the National Office of PwC since 2008.  In addition to supporting the firm’s engagement teams in the field on a consultative basis, John is involved in developing thought leadership in corporate governance for internal and external audiences, and working to develop and execute the firm’s corporate governance strategy.

He has been a contributor to many PwC governance publications. Currently, he is working on a series of publications focused on board-level governance at private family companies. He has also been a co-author on Governance for Companies Going Public – What Works Best, and Director dialogue with shareholders – What you need to consider. He’s also contributed to numerous other PwC governance thought leadership publications. 

Through December 2007, John was the AICPA Vice President – Business, Industry & Government with responsibility for members employed in business and industry, members in government, competency self-assessment, and corporate governance.  

While at the AICPA, John created the Audit Committee Effectiveness Center (ACEC), and authored the AICPA Audit Committee Toolkit (currently in its second edition) to support the audit committees of all organizations.  Over 40,000 copies of the Toolkit are in circulation.  Under John’s leadership, additional versions of the Audit Committee Toolkit were created for government and not-for-profit organizations. 

John graduated from Rutgers University and began his career at (then) Coopers & Lybrand.  He is a New Jersey CPA. 

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