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CBT Exec in Residence

October 27, 2010

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MACOMB, IL - - Nancy Pechloff, St. Louis-based managing director of Protiviti, an independent risk consulting business, will speak and visit with students and faculty on the Western Illinois University-Macomb campus Wednesday-Thursday, Nov. 3-4 as the Fall 2010 College of Business and Technology (CBT) Executive in Residence.

She will deliver a presentation at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 in Stipes Hall 121. The event is open free to the public.

Pechloff, a former audit partner with Arthur Andersen LLP, has worked for 35 years in financial statement audits, process reengineering projects, and outsourcing engagements for companies across a variety of industries. Her primary area of expertise is financial reporting and internal controls. During her years with Arthur Andersen, she served in a number of global leadership positions. Her duties included managing the Enterprise Group market segment ($500 million in revenues) that specialized in serving entrepreneurial middle market companies and initial public offerings (IPOs) in Europe, Asia and Australia. She has gained significant public and private company client experience including Argosy Gaming Company, Rawlings Sporting Goods, and Merck & Co. Inc. and May Department Stores.

A 1973 WIU alumna with a bachelor's degree in accountancy, Pechloff was named the CBT Distinguished Alumna in 1987. She took an active role in the University's Centennial Campaign Committee and received the WIU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999. She has served as president of the Missouri State Board of Accountancy and on a number of not-for-profit boards including The Psychoanalytic Institute of St. Louis, (current board chair), The Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and Missouri Women's Forum. She has also received the Small Business Association (SBA) Accountant Advocate Award in Illinois and Missouri, and the YWCA Tribute to Women in International Industry Award.

In addition to her speech, Pechloff will speak to accounting classes and meet with student groups. According to CBT Dean Tom Erekson, the Executive in Residence program was initiated by former professors Jim and Carolyn Tripp, and has allowed for visits by 10 business executives to date. The executives reside on campus for two to three days as faculty fellows, providing business students with an opportunity to learn firsthand the tips of the trade from professionals in the business world.

"Successful alumni and friends of the college are invited to share how they have charted successful careers," Erekson said. "This program provides our students with a marvelous opportunity to speak on a personal level with business executives who possess stellar experiences and connections."

For more information, contact Becky Paulsen, CBT director of development, at (309) 298-2442 or

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