O’Connor Davies Adds Two Industry Veterans to Lead Firm’s Risk Advisory Group

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Appointment of two new partners deepens overall expertise and launches the firm’s offerings in risk advisory services.

O’Connor Davies, LLP, one of the nation’s fastest growing accounting and advisory firms, announced today the addition of two partners who will launch the firm’s new Risk Advisory Group. Joseph D. Zarkowski, CPA, will serve as the Partner-in-Charge of O’Connor Davies, LLP’s Risk Advisory Group, and Mark Bednarz, CPA, CISA, CFE, will serve as a Partner in the group. This is the latest in a series of hires and acquisitions for O’Connor Davies that further deepens the firm’s specialized expertise as it continues its exceptional growth.

In his role as Partner-in-Charge, Mr. Zarkowski will be responsible for developing, managing and delivering the Risk Advisory Group’s service lines. This includes service organization control (SOC) reporting attestations, outsourced internal audits, internal control risk assessments, integrity monitoring, custody surprise examinations, regulatory and compliance reviews, technology audits, and specialized attestation engagements.

Mr. Bednarz brings with him more than 20 years of public accounting and Fortune 500 experience to his role as Partner for the firm’s new Risk Advisory Group. He has expertise in internal audits, business reengineering, forensic accounting, Oracle implementations, regulatory compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley consulting, IT audits and governance, SOC attestations, and risk management.

“The addition of these two seasoned risk advisory professionals broadens O’Connor Davies’ specialized capabilities as we expand our offerings and services in more areas and in more regions, both nationally and internationally,” said Managing Partner Kevin J. Keane. “With their vast breadth of knowledge in risk advisory services and commitment to meeting their clients’ unique needs and challenges, Joe and Mark will be critical pieces in the overall growth of our business.”

Previously Principal-in-Charge of Rothstein Kass’ Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) practice, a professional services firm that specialized in the financial services industry, Zarkowski has been recognized by Business News New Jersey with a “40 under 40” award as one of New Jersey’s most successful young business people. He is also an instructor for the Regulatory Compliance Association (RCA) and has authored its Law and Masters Curriculum course, “The Control Environment for Investment Managers.” In addition, he is a frequent speaker and instructor for MIS Training Institute on various governance, risk and compliance subject matters.

“I am excited to be joining an incredible organization and expanding the firm’s expertise in risk advisory,” said Zarkowski. “I look forward to offering O’Connor Davies’ current and future clients our expanded services and helping to address their needs in an ever-changing economic and regulatory environment.”

Also a Director with Rothstein Kass prior to joining O’Connor Davies, Mr. Bednarz is a frequent presenter and training evaluator for several professional organizations related to governance, risk and compliance. In addition, he has served as an author and contributing editor to articles that have appeared in industry newsletters and publications, and has conducted a number of webinars on governance, risk and compliance topics.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to join a firm with such deep-seated roots in auditing, advisory and specialty practices whose ambitions for expansion are so substantial,” said Bednarz. “I can promise that O’Connor Davies’ proven track record of providing high quality service and building lasting client relationships will be ingrained in everything we do in risk advisory.”

About O’Connor Davies, LLP

O’Connor Davies, LLP is a full service Certified Public Accounting and advisory firm that has a long history of serving clients both domestically and internationally and providing specialized professional services of the highest quality. With roots tracing to 1891, eight offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland, and more than 550 professionals, led by 85 partners, the Firm provides a complete range of assurance, tax and advisory services. O’Connor Davies is ranked number 32 in Accounting Today’s 2014 “Top 100 Firms” list and the Firm is also recognized as a “Leader in Audit and Accounting,” a “Pacesetter in Growth” and one of the “Top Firms in the Mid-Atlantic.” O’Connor Davies is ranked number 33 in INSIDE Public Accounting’s 2014 “Top 100 Firms” list and the Firm is recognized as one of the “Top Ten Fastest-Growing Firms.” O’Connor Davies is also among the 20 largest accounting firms in the New York Metropolitan area, according to Crain’s New York Business and the Westchester and Fairfield County Business Journals.


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