Melissa Simon is the Chief Audit Executive at the East Caribbean Financial Holding (ECFH) Company Limited. In this capacity, she performs advanced level professional internal auditing work as part of her company’s governance structure. This includes directing a comprehensive audit program consisting of performance, financial, compliance and information systems audit projects for the Company. She reports all activities to the Audit Committee and senior management. She also provides internal training for all audit staff at the ECFH and ensures that the Audit function’s activities comply with the IIA standards.
Prior to joining ECFH Company Limited, Melissa was employed as an Auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) from 1999 where she steadily moved up the ranks to Audit Supervisor in July, 2003. At PwC, she was responsible for managing engagement teams in the provision of professional accounting, auditing and financial consulting services to clients. She identified or worked to implement alternative approaches to address complicated transactions, conducted technical research to substantiate, challenge or correct client positions related to accounting, auditing or industry issues and proposed recommendations reflective of her understanding of generally accepted auditing standards and risks inherent in the client’s business/industry.
Melissa has experience in the following industries: Retail and Distribution, Manufacturing, Banking and Insurance. She has specializations in Financial Reporting, fraud investigations, information systems auditing, risk management assurance and Internal Control Systems. She also has experience in understanding and documenting a wide variety of accounting information systems and analysing and designing internal control systems to include both preventative and detective controls.
Melissa graduated from the University of the West Indies – St. Augustine Campus in 1999 with a major in Management Studies and a specialisation in Finance. She is a Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Certified Risk Management Auditor (CRMA) and a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA). Melissa is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Eastern Caribbean (ICAEC) where she currently serves as Secretary on the executive of the St. Lucia Branch. Melissa is a member of the Finance Committee at her church and represents the ECFH as a Director on the Board of the Caribbean Association of Audit Committee Members (CAACM).