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Mary Breslin, CFE, CIA

Mary Breslin is the founder of Verracy, formerly Empower Audit Training & Consulting, and specializes in internal audit transformation, operational and financial auditing, fraud auditing & investigations, and corporate accounting.

Ms. Breslin’s career spans over 20 years in internal auditing, management, and accounting for companies such as ConocoPhillips, Barclays Capital, Costco Wholesale, Jefferson Wells, and Boart Longyear. With significant international experience, she has managed audit programs in more than 50 countries.

Most recently, Ms. Breslin held the title of Vice President and Chief Audit executive, where she transformed a checklist audit function into a value-add audit department that regularly delivered measurable business results through the use of risk-based auditing, data analytics, continuous education, and skill development for her leadership team and staff.

Mary was an early adopter of analytics for audit and has been utilizing data analytics in her career in both audit and fraud work for over 15 years. She has transformed the capabilities of audit functions using data analytics programs using ACL, IDEA, and Arbutus Analyzer. Through her expertise and guidance, she has helped large global organization leverage analytics to significantly increase coverage, automate continuous auditing and monitoring, and actively fight fraud. Additionally, Ms. Breslin has extensive fraud audit and investigation experience and has conducted major fraud investigations on multiple continents, including large-scale federal cases domestically. She has developed and implemented fraud auditing programs in various industries focused on both accounting and operations.

Ms. Breslin attended Rutgers University and received her BS in accounting, and she earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix while living and working overseas. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She maintains memberships in the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the Society of Corporate Compliance (SCCE), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). She is currently an instructor and conference speaker for the IIA, ACFE, and ISACA