Francine McKenna is a Lecturer at The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania. McKenna is also an award-winning writer and teacher who migrated to investigative journalism after a career in the public accounting industry. She now teaches full-time, writes, and comments on accounting, audit, internal audit and corporate governance issues and challenges at public and pre-IPO private companies. Her work has been cited in testimony before the U.S. Congress and in comment letters to regulators as well as cited in other academics research with respect to these topics. She authors the newsletter, The Dig.


Loyola Marymount University lecture on Accounting Ethics

The Dig

Francine McKenna digs into accounting, audit and corporate governance issues at public and pre-IPO companies.

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Speaking Engagements/Conferences

I'm done traveling until 2020 when I'll attend the AAA-Audit Section meeting in Houston in January. See you there!

My take on the latest at the PCAOB and KPMG

In Episode 449 of the FCPA Compliance Report, I spoke with Tom Fox to discuss the current status of the KPMG defendants and what their conduct means for the audit profession going forward.

Update: Botta v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Case 3:18-cv-02615-RS

A judge denied PwC's motion for summary judgement. The case goes to trial in October. Mauro Botta brought an action in district court in California against PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP alleging that PwC wrongfully terminated him in retaliation for a whistleblower complaint he made to the Securities and Exchange Commission about PwC's auditing practices. There's been a lot written about the case, which is ongoing.

An SEC Fine for KPMG in the PCAOB Data Theft Scandal and Another Horrible Revelation

“Innovation demands risk-taking… which, in turn, entails redefining failure, stripping away its power to inhibit.” Chairman and CEO of KPMG Lynne Doughtie

The Question of the KPMG Whistleblower

The timeline of who told whom what and when, this time around for KPMG, is a bit more complicated than David Middendorf described in his testimony in the criminal case against him for allegedly conspiring to steal PCAOB inspection data.

McKenna On Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, and Kraft Heinz

Has Warren Buffett run out of long-run? The stars aligned…