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Connecticut CPA
March/April 2014
You're a CPA and had a career in
public accounting. What posi-
tions did you hold, and how has
your public accounting experience
affected your outlook today?
I started my professional career in audit
and practice management with Price
Waterhouse & Co. and Coopers & Ly-
brand. After my first tour of duty in gov-
ernment, I became a partner and global
managing director of the human capital
services practice for Arthur Andersen.
Subsequently, I became U.S. comptrol-
ler general and head of the GAO. As
such, I was effectively the auditor gen-
eral and de-facto chief accountability
officer of the United States.
All of these experiences have helped
me to appreciate the need for trans-
parency and accountability in connec-
tion with financial and performance
numbers. They have also helped me
understand the importance of plan-
ning, systems, controls, and appro-
priate performance management and
reward systems. In addition, they have
reinforced my belief in benchmarking
and the importance of not just living
for today, but also preparing for a bet-
ter tomorrow. Finally, as a CPA, I hold
a public trust that represents both an
opportunity and an obligation. I want
to capitalize on the related opportuni-
ties while never violating my obligation
to my clients and to those I serve in
public life.
Walker (right) speaks with CTCPA Executive Director Art Renner and President Camille Murphy at the CTCPA Education Center in Rocky Hill.
"As a CPA, I hold a
public trust that
represents both an
opportunity and
an obligation."
David Walker