Trent is Grant Thornton International Ltd.’s global quality leader. For nearly 30 years he has dedicated his professional life to driving quality in auditing, financial reporting and corporate internal control systems.
Previously, as the Grant Thornton U.S. national managing partner of quality and innovation for Audit Services, Trent oversaw the firm’s national technical, ethical and risk management professionals – a highly talented group of accounting and auditing specialists that support the effective execution of Grant Thornton U.S. audits around the world. He also managed the development of the firm’s tools and techniques that have the potential to radically change the auditing and financial reporting profession, including data analytics, robotic process automation, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology.
Trent has collaborated extensively with members of the U.S. Congress and key international policy groups to shape public policy impacting the accounting profession, businesses, and the capital markets. His experience includes auditing public and private companies and assisting companies in improving and evaluating internal control systems.
In 2009, Trent led the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) project team in developing guidance on effective monitoring of internal control (www.coso.org). He was also a member of the advisory committee for COSO’s 2013 update to the Internal Control — Integrated Framework.
Trent is a certified public accountant (CPA) in North Carolina and Hawaii and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs.