Jeff Kuchar is an Engagement Director in CLA's Consulting and Accounting Solutions Team (CAST) outsourcing practice. CLA (visit CLAconnect.com) is a professional services firm delivering integrated advisory, outsourcing, and public accounting capabilities to help clients succeed professionally and personally. Jeff provides accounting-related services to clients throughout the US. He has over 40 years of global financial leadership experience within consumer products companies and is a recognized leader in the internal audit profession. Throughout his career, Jeff has helped companies maximize their opportunities while minimizing their risks.
Jeff has developed numerous tools to enhance the effectiveness of risk management processes and audit committees' corporate governance activities in several multi-national companies. His work on audit committees has been recognized by The SEC's Blue Ribbon Committee on Improving the Effectiveness of Corporate Audit Committees. He has become an industry leader in developing innovative internal audit strategies that meet the needs of businesses for efficient and effective corporate governance and internal control processes.
Jeff served as the Chief Audit Executive for Verizon Wireless where he led the company's internal audit function. He developed and implemented Verizon Wireless' audit strategy, ASAP, a risk-based audit methodology aligned with the COSO model. He also executed an effective and efficient business risk management process and was instrumental in implementing a forensic program and a business efficiency advisory review program within the company's internal audit function.
Prior to his assignment at Verizon Wireless, Jeff was on the finance leadership teams at Coty, Inc., a global cosmetics company, and RJR Nabisco, a global food and tobacco consumer products company. At Coty, he led the effort to strengthen the company's global internal control systems. At RJR Nabisco, he served in several finance leadership positions, including General Auditor, Director - Finance and Business Development and Assistant Corporate Controller. Jeff also spent 11 years in various managerial positions at Coopers & Lybrand and served on President Reagan's Grace Commission.
As a result of his many years serving as a leader of several global internal audit functions, Jeff has akso served as a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors quality assessment review team evaluating internal audit functions to ensure compliance with internal audit industry (IIA) standards.
Jeff has completed the executive management programs at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and at the Harvard Business School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Global Management Accountant and an active member of several professional organizations.
In the community
Jeff's association and civic activities supporting CLA include memberships in the following:
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners
- Institute of Internal Auditors (Inactive)
- Financial Executives Networking Group - New York City Chapter and Orlando Chapter Co-Chairman (2010-2016)