Dave Watkins, former CFO of East Balt Bakeries (sold to Grupo Bimbo in 2017) and recipient of the Chicago Financial Executives International (FEI) 2015 CFO of the Year award, speaks about how collaboration with the like-minded specialists of Baker Tilly and of other Baker Tilly International member firms is critical in East Balt’s efforts to mitigate internal audit risk in the areas of ethics and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Baker Tilly collaborated with East Balt’s management team to develop an internal audit function that aligned with the company’s strategy and global footprint, including a multiyear internal audit plan, location-specific operational and strategic audits, anti-fraud procedure and training projects, and assisting with ongoing enterprise risk management initiatives. Approachability, food processing knowledge, and international reach were cited as important areas in East Balt’s consideration and ultimate selection of Baker Tilly. Baker Tilly continues to support the entity since its acquisition by Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V.