Internal audit expert recognized as a leader in the consulting profession
Menlo Park, CA – May 11, 2017 – Brian Christensen, an executive vice president with global consulting firm Protiviti, has been named to Consulting magazine’s 2017 Top 25 Consultants list in the leadership category. The award is given annually to honor industry professionals who are making the greatest impact on clients and their respective firms.
Christensen, who was a founding managing director of Protiviti when it was formed 15 years ago, leads the firm’s global Internal Audit and Financial Advisory practice. With more than 30 years of internal audit experience, Christensen helps clients increase the value of their internal audit and finance functions. As a member of Protiviti’s executive team, he is also responsible for strategy setting and managing global operations. He remains active in day-to-day client service, too, recently assisting a client in its transformation through the largest merger in its industry. Christensen is in demand as a conference speaker on audit, governance and risk management matters, and as an expert source for the media.
“Brian is an acknowledged leader not only within Protiviti, but in the world of internal audit,” said Joseph Tarantino, president and CEO of Protiviti. “His depth and breadth of internal audit and risk management experience and his career-long dedication to the profession are exceptional. We congratulate Brian on this accolade, which is well-deserved recognition for his service to internal audit consulting.”
Prior to Protiviti, Christensen was a partner with Arthur Andersen. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin. He has served on several non-profit boards, including Junior Achievement of Arizona, American Red Cross of Southern Arizona, University of Wisconsin Alumni Association and other youth-related organizations.
“Each year the nominations we receive get stronger and stronger, and this year certainly was no exception,” said Joe Kornik, Consulting magazine’s editor and publisher at ALM. “The 2017 Top 25 Consultants include the very best the consulting profession has to offer. Their stories and their accomplishments are making a huge impact on their clients, their firms and the industry as a whole."
Christensen and the other 2017 honorees will be celebrated at an awards dinner on June 15, 2017 in New York City. Christensen is the latest in an impressive group of Protiviti leaders who were named to Consulting magazine’s past Top 25 Consultants lists: Scott Redfearn (2016), Kimberly Dickerson (2015), Carol Beaumier (2014), Jim Pajakowski (2013), Jim Armetta (2012), Jim DeLoach (2011) and Cory Gunderson (2009).