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Robert Brewer, Banking Compliance Expert

Robert Brewer

Bob Brewer currently is a Senior Consultant and Trainer with JPA International, Inc., a private consulting/training firm with a wide range of services that support auditing and financial professionals to thrive in a competitive work place. Bob served as Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for Office Depot from 2005 to 2013. In this role, Bob had overall responsibility for compliance activities on a global basis for a retailer who provided supplies and services to its customers through 2,200 worldwide retail stores, have annual sales reaching $17 billion, employing 66,000 associates around the world. Office Depot provides more office supplies and services to more customers in more countries than any other company, and currently sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 59 countries. Among other functions, global internal audit, loss prevention, risk management functions and social compliance reported to Bob. He had direct reporting relationship with the Audit Committee of the Board with respect to audit and risk assessment matters. He also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Office Depot Foundation providing resources and product valued at over $12 million annually. He previously served as Vice President of Global Corporate Audit Services for six years.

Prior to joining Office Depot, Bob was Director of Audit for W.R. Grace & Co., Boca Raton, FL; Director of Audits/Security for Praxair Inc., Danbury, CT; Manager of Audit Regions for Union Carbide Corporation, Danbury, CT; and Manager of Internal Audits for the West Virginia Department of Highways, Charleston, WV. He holds a MBA from the University of New Haven, CT; a CPA from the State of West Virginia; and a BS from the West Virginia Institute of Technology, Montgomery, WV.

Bob is a member of the Audit/Finance Committee of Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, the American Institute of CPA's (Past Chairman of the Business & Industry Executive Committee, and served on the Nominations and Board of Examiners Committees); the West Virginia Society of CPA's; and the Institute of Internal Auditors (Board of Governors and former Vice President of Student Relations). He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, focusing his remarks on best practices in the field of internal audit and risk assessment.

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