PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Dr. Lawrence A. Ponemon


Partner (Global Leader for Compliance Risk Management), Global Risk Management Solutions, ABAS.


Ph.D. (Accounting Ethics) Union College, Schenectady, New York

Doctoral Program (System Sciences), Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Masters, (Moral Development) Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Bachelors (Highest Distinction) University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona


Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)


Partner and the Global Leader of Compliance Risk Management within PricewaterhouseCoopers. Dr. Ponemon is the founder of the first business ethics and corporate compliance assurance practice within the international professional service marketplace. The practice consults with numerous (Fortune 500) clients on governance, corporate compliance, anti-corruption programs, crisis arbitration, litigation support, ethics and ethical awareness training and compliance risk management program implementation.

Dr. Ponemon serves as an "expert" on cases involving ethical conduct and compliance program effectiveness. Recent work in this area include: determination of "reasonable compliance" with corporate policies; professional "holdout" in a regulated industry versus First Amendment Rights; fiduciary responsibilities of employees and agents in the insurance industry; employer rights over personal information and individual employee privacy.

Dr. Ponemon’s consulting experience in business ethics covers a wide array of industries including utilities, financial services (banking, insurance companies and brokerage), telecommunication companies, healthcare, retail, government contractors, distributors and manufacturers, technology companies, professional service firms, not-for-profits and government agencies.

Dr. Ponemon developed e-business compliance programs and self- regulatory frameworks on privacy and ethical information management for companies in the reference services, new media, financial services and telecom industries, respectively.

Dr. Ponemon conducted worldwide ethics and compliance assessments, ethics and social accountability audits and related special investigations for both U.S. and non-U.S. based organizations facing criminal sanctions under Chapter 8 of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

Dr. Ponemon serves the firm as an Independent Assessor of Insurance Marketing Standards Association (IMSA) certification for companies in the life insurance industry.

Dr. Ponemon has developed vendor-monitoring procedures for organizations in various industries. The focus of this work is to identify risks and vulnerabilities with respect to harmful work conditions and other human rights violations (within the United States and abroad) in accordance with the U.S. Department of Labor, United Nations and ILO guidelines and standards.

Dr. Ponemon has an extensive history in working with senior executives and Boards of public companies in the design and implementation of corporate governance programs as the starting point for the company’s overall process of ethics, business conduct and compliance.

Dr. Ponemon has developed and implemented ethics and ethical awareness training programs for organizations on a worldwide basis, including the design of interactive technology, desktop learning applications and train-the-trainer programs.

Dr. Ponemon created ethics and control self-assessment programs for measuring, monitoring and motivating best ethical performance as part of the company’s internal control structure and Board level reporting mechanism.

Dr. Ponemon worked with forensic and auditing professionals on the analysis of international corruption and bribery issues and alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for U.S. companies (and foreign subsidiaries) doing business in Latin America, Asia and Europe.

Dr. Ponemon conducted "glass ceiling" audits and internal investigations on employment practice policy violations, such as sexual harassment, hostile work environment and racial discrimination.

Dr. Ponemon has worked with corporate counsel and ethics officers in the implementation of worldwide ethics programs, including the design of corporate codes of conduct, downstream communications, ethics training and helpline/hotline management.


PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP: Partner

Price Waterhouse LLP: Partner

National Director; Business Ethics Services and Executive Director Business Ethics Institute, KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP

Rae D. Anderson Professor of Accounting Ethics, Bentley College

Arthur Andersen Professor of Accounting and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics & Behavior in Accounting, Binghamton University SUNY, New York

Mueller Chair in Accounting, Babson College

Associate Professor in Accounting, University at Albany SUNY

Managing Partner, Ponemon & Associates

Senior Manager, Touche Ross & Co.

Auditor, Deloitte, Haskins & Sells


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants


Institute of Management Accountants (past member of the Ethics Committee)

American Accounting Association (past member of the Council and past chair of the Accounting Behavior and Organizations Section)

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Institute for Social and Ethical Accountability (Executive Council)

College of Forensic Examiners (Diplomat)

Society for Business Ethics

Center for Business Ethics (Former Senior Fellow)

Association for Professional and Practical Ethics

Conference Board Business Ethics Roundtable

Transparency International (Board Member, U.S. Chapter)


Rae D. Anderson Professor of Accounting Ethics and Senior Fellow in the Center for Business Ethics, Bentley College

Arthur Andersen Curriculum Development Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics and Behavior in Accounting,

Binghamton University

Mueller Chair in Accounting and KPMG Peat Marwick Faculty Fellow, Babson College

Accounting and Law Faculty and KPMG Peat Marwick Research Fellow, State University of New York at Albany


Managing Editor of Research on Accounting Ethics (Vol. 1-5), the first journal devoted to the study of professional ethics in the accounting and auditing fields (JAI Press).

[Past] Ethics Editor, Management Accounting, primary publication of Institute of Management Accountants.

Published over 50 articles and learned books on ethics and behavior in accounting, auditing and business ethics.

Presented over 150 lectures at national or international conferences on the topic of compliance, business ethics and accounting ethics, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Internal Auditors, European Business Ethics Network, Ethics Officers Association, Conference Board and the International Conference on Ethics and the Professions.

Invited lecturer on accounting and business ethics issues for professional and regulatory bodies including the United States Department of Commerce, Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and numerous professional societies in accountancy in North America and Europe.

Speaker and commentator in business news media on ethics and ethical issues in business including CNN, the Wall Street Journal, News Week, Business Week, Financial Times, Computer World, Industry Standard, Washington Post, CFO Magazine, Journal of Accountancy, Management Accounting Magazine, Dow Jones News and others.

Editorial board membership (past and present) on leading journals in professional accountancy and business ethics.