GRC Group (SOX Institute) Announces Winners for 2009 GRC MVP Awards

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GRC Group's SOX Institute (http://www.grcg.com/) today announced the winners for its 2009 GRC MVP (a.k.a. SOX MVP) Awards. The 2009 GRC MVP Awards recognize individual achievement and professional contributions in governance, risk management, and compliance (including Sarbanes-Oxley) during the 2009 calendar year. “The GRC MVP Awards serve to draw well-deserved attention to the professionals who work tirelessly to ensure that their organizations exhibit strong GRC leadership,” said Sanjay Anand, Chairperson of the GRC Group. “In the process, their professional contributions raise the bar within the GRC field and their industry, as well as contributing to the betterment of society,” he said.

The GRC Group (SOX Institute) today announced the winners for its 2009 GRC MVP (a.k.a. SOX MVP) Awards. The awards recognize individual achievement and professional contributions in governance, risk management, and compliance (including Sarbanes-Oxley) during the 2009 calendar year. “The GRC MVP Awards serve to draw well-deserved attention to the professionals who work tirelessly to ensure that their organizations exhibit strong GRC leadership,” said Sanjay Anand, Chairperson of the GRC Group. “In the process, their professional contributions raise the bar within the GRC field and their industry, as well as contributing to the betterment of society,” he said.

The GRC Group was pleased to honor the following professionals for their outstanding work during 2009. (Finalist(s) have been listed below in ascending order by last name.)

Category: Finance And/Or Accounting
Winner: David Chavez, Global Assurance Manager, Dell, Inc.
Finalist: Farooq Azhar, Fiscal Director, Beanstalk
Finalist: Zabihollah Rezaee, Thompson-Hill Chair of Excellence and Professor of Accountancy, University of Memphis
Finalist: Deborah Whitmee, Head of Risk Management, Travelport

Category: Internal Audit & Assurance
Winner: Jeff Sterling, Director of Internal Control, Santander Consumer USA
Finalist: Carlos Gomez-Pinto, Chief Corporate Auditor, Pacific Rubiales Energy Corporation
Finalist: Anik Mankar, Practice Head - IT Consulting Services, Systems Plus Solutions
Finalist: Dipak Shah, CEO, President & Founder, Reliant Solutions, Inc.

Category: Information Technology(IT)
Winner: Jeffrey Taylor, Director, IT Internal Audit, Cardtronics
Finalist: Michael Bargerhuff, Director, Ethics & Compliance Shared Services, Apollo Group, Inc.
Finalist: John Fulgaro, Sr. Director Technology Management Operations, Blackhawk Network, Inc.

Category: General Management
Winner: Kristen Drobnis, SVP Risk Management, MassDevelopment
Finalist: Sean Lyons, Principal, R.I.S.C. International (Ireland)
Finalist: Ruth Price, VP Compliance, Saxon
Finalist: Rick Ramsey, Global Compliance Manager, Convergys Corporation

The GRC Group is perceived as the gold standard in recognizing knowledge of best practices in governance, risk management, and compliance. “We offer our heartfelt congratulations to the 2009 GRC MVP Award winners and finalists. We are proud to accord these professionals the recognition they deserve,” concluded Anand.

About The GRC Group

The GRC Group offers its members the most comprehensive knowledge repository and the only certifications available in governance, risk, and compliance. Through its SOX Institute and GRC Institute, the GRC Group empowers its members with the expertise necessary to meet their formidable professional responsibilities today and in the coming years. Memberships are available at http://www.grcg.com.

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