General Auditor and Chief Risk Officer
About GM: Brian D. Thelen
Brian Thelen was named General Auditor of General Motors in August, 2011. Shortly after that, he also assumed the role of Chief Risk Officer. He previously served as vice president of Audit Services for Delphi Corporation and was a member of the Delphi Strategy Board from 2005 until joining GM.
In 1986, Thelen began his business career with the Chicago office of Ernst & Young working in the Tax and Audit practices. In 1990, he joined American Standard Companies, Inc. holding positions as controller/CFO of the Chicago district, regional audit manager and in 1998 was named general auditor of American Standard, with worldwide audit responsibilities.
In 2000, Thelen joined Waste Management Inc., as vice president of internal audit services where he established an in-house audit function. In addition to his audit responsibilities, Thelen helped to develop and enhance corporate ethics and compliance programs. He was also responsible for development of the Company’s Sarbanes-Oxley compliance programs and the implementation of Enterprise Risk Management programs.
In May 1986, Thelen earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance at the University of Notre Dame. In 1987, he achieved his CPA, and in 1995 earned his master’s in business administration at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Thelen hails from Elkhorn, Wisconsin and was born November 15, 1963.