Walter Smiechewicz is a Los Angeles-based managing director responsible for driving internal audit, governance, risk and compliance (GRC), and enterprise risk management (ERM) consulting services for the financial services sector. Walter oversees these services in PwC's Western Region, and leverages his industry experience to help companies nationally identify and assess risks and devise cost effective mitigating strategies consistent with their business objectives.
Walter has more than 25 years of internal and external auditing experience and has spent the majority of his professional services career serving the banking sector. Walter has significant experience in providing strategic and operational direction and support to internal audit, financial controls (Sarbanes-Oxley), regulatory compliance and privacy, and risk management teams.
Walter earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Cleveland State University and his Master of Divinity degree in Humanities from Columbia International University. He also received his certificate from the Executive Leadership Program at eCornell. His acknowledged expertise has led to extensive published works and interviews in prominent trade publications including American Banker, Journal of Banking and Finance, FEI’s Magazine, ACFE’s Magazine, and Directorship Magazine. Walter, a CPA and Certified Risk Professional, devotes his time and talents to several charitable and civic causes including the Union Rescue Mission, Girl Scouts board, and Gateway Longview’s New York board.