President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael Lisenby has been the president and CEO of Rausch Advisory Services, since January 2021. He is responsible for the firm-wide operations, with the executive team reporting to him. Michael has been with Rausch since its inception in 2013. He served previously as managing partner. Michael has over 20 years of experience helping businesses manage their accounting, finance, technology resources, and consulting needs effectively. His experience includes consulting and co-sourcing, IT audits, SOX compliance, technology security assessments, risk identification, assessment and evaluation, risk response, risk monitoring, IS control design and implementation, IS control monitoring and maintenance. Prior to joining Rausch Advisory Services, Michael held leadership roles with Arthur Andersen and several other National Consulting Firms, and has prior internal audit experience with Fortune Brands and Philip Morris. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Internal Auditors Atlanta Chapter and formally served on the Board of Directors for Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA/Atlanta & Milwaukee). Michael holds a CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) Certification and a CDPSE (Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer). Michael continues to speak nationally at events and has been published on information security topics to include: IT Audit & Governance, Malware, Ransomware and Spear Phishing. He was awarded the William Mulcahy Excellence through leadership Award by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Pierre Dait came to Rausch Advisory Services LLC. as an internal audit leader, who combines world-class technical expertise, strategic and operational leadership, and project management with passion, ethics, humility, agility, and relationship building skills to deliver results with service excellence. His diverse and extensive internal audit experience with global and regional organizations as well as private and publicly traded companies in multiple industries drives effective and optimized solutions. Pierre continually develops skills, explores new approaches and innovative processes to streamline and to build business acumen. Furthermore, Pierre provides insight into process design and execution in order to ensure objectives are in alignment with organization strategy. Before joining Rausch Advisory Services LLC., Pierre was the Chief Audit Executive for Post Properties Inc., a publicly traded multifamily real-estate investment trust. Pierre has also held audit positions with Akzo Nobel, Exide Technologies and AFC Enterprises. Pierre received his BSA in Accountancy from Villanova University. He is an active member with the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. Pierre is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), has received Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and has been IIA Accredited in Quality Assessment and Validation.
Nila Makarem brings a wealth of experience to the Rausch team. In her role she is responsible for communicating our value proposition to new prospective clients as well as continuing to support our existing clients. As a central point of contact within the business relationship she utilizes her project management skills to bring the right resources at the right time to effectively achieve our client’s objectives. Working directly with Rausch’s leadership team she has developed and executes against an aggressive plan for growth across all new business, marketing, and sales activities. Nila oversees the full marketing and business development cycle – from communications, to lead generation and relationship building, to signing new business, to managing and strengthening existing relationships. Nila also oversees a team of recruiters responsible for servicing the advisory practices and permanent placement recruiting services. Nila has been instrumental representing Rausch as an external face of the company – at industry events and through participation in panels, thought leadership, writing, and more. She participates with management evolving Rausch’s existing sales and communications collateral. Nila holds a Project Management Certification from Emory University and graduated from the Language Institute at Georgia Institute of Technology. She is fluent in English, Arabic and Spanish. Nila also holds a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from the University of Zulia, Venezuela.
Wylie leads the Rausch Business Performance Improvement, Systems, and Governance Practice. Wylie has over 20 years of expertise in Finance, strategic use of Information Technology, and Process Improvement for multinational corporations gained in senior positions with KPMG Consulting, other national consulting firms, and private industry. Wylie has extensive experience in serving clients across multiple industries, including providing professional services in the area of SDLC Project Management, Governance, Internal Audit, Systems Implementations, Conversions, Business Intelligence, Process Improvement and serving as interim CFO and Controller. He has BBA in Finance from Georgia State University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Georgia.
VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGY & NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT – AARON’S INC. “Rausch Advisory has distinctive capabilities and a unique value proposition. I am excited to be working with the Rausch leadership team and the other board members to help shape the strategic direction for this exciting new firm.” – Larry Maher. Larry joined Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, as Vice President, Strategy and New Business Development in February of 2017. Larry is responsible for leading store transformation initiatives, evaluating new business opportunities, and leading M&A efforts. Larry previously served as Senior Director of Corporate Innovation – Active Aging Platform at Kimberly-Clark in Atlanta. There he developed an active aging domain expansion strategy and identified and evaluated 10 acquisition candidates; commercialized two new active aging businesses (including a new technology platform) using new business models with $250MM in net sales potential; and facilitated a 30 person cross-functional ideation program that identified 70 plus new product concepts in the aging space.
Larry also was the Director of Strategy & New Business Development – Global Nonwovens at Kimberly-Clark where he led new market product development efforts including development of Block-It® branded building materials that delivered $5M in sales in first year of launch. Before Kimberly-Clark, he was Senior Group Manager of Enterprise Strategy at Target developing growth strategies to respond to the Amazon business model and collaborating with merchants to lead the evaluation and due diligence of 5 partners for a $300M digital entertainment opportunity. He also has experience as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company and as a Senior Manager with Arthur Andersen. He is also the co-founder of BSchoolJobs.com, a company dedicated to providing Jobs interview preparation tools aiding candidates necessary interview skills for investment banking, sales & trading, marketing, and consulting interviews. He has held leadership positions as Senior Group Manager of Enterprise Strategy for Target, Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Co. and started his career with Arthur Andersen. Larry has an MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management and a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. Maher lends his expertise in IT, Audit and Strategy to the Rausch Advisory Board to provide guidance and direction for the evolution of the firm. Maher received his MBA in Strategy; Marketing from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management. He received his BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
RETIRED CHIEF ACCOUNTING OFFICER, WESTROCK COMPANY Steve Meadows joined WestRock formally RockTenn in 2006 as the Chief Accounting Officer and served in this capacity until retiring in 2019. WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK) aspires to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. WestRock’s 42,000 team members support customers around the world from 275 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Meadows lends his significant financial and business expertise to the Rausch Advisory Board. His informed guidance serves as a tremendous ally in the quest for superior corporate governance. Meadows previously served as Chief Accounting Officer at Drummond Company, Inc., and Vice President, Finance and Risk Management at Progress Ventures. Meadows received his bachelor’s degree in social and political sciences from Cambridge University, England. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
VP OF INTERNAL AUDIT & CAE AT GRAPHIC PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL, INC. AP of Internal Audit & CAE at Graphic Packaging International, Inc. Ms. Kaczynski oversees the Company’s global audit, and risk strategies, including corporate compliance, enterprise risk management, and other key governance initiatives. Lori is a certified public accountant and certified internal auditor with many years of experience in a variety of industries and roles in the areas of external auditing, internal auditing, leadership, controlling, transaction and technical accounting, financial reporting, analysis, compliance and ethics, enterprise wide risk management, and cash management. Her previous experience includes responsibilities with several large multi-nationals, a Fortune 100 Company, and an international accounting firm. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Kennesaw State University (KSU) and currently serves as Secretary of the KSU Accounting Department Academic Advisory Council and is a member of the Internal Audit Center Advisory Board. She is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Governors, and Vice President of Membership for the Institute of Internal Auditors Atlanta Chapter. In addtion to serving on the Advisory Board for Rausch Advisory Services, she also sits on the Board of the Smith-Gilbert Garden Foundation. She is a member of the American institute of Certified Public Accountants.
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER AT COLONIAL PIPELINE COMPANY “In companies today, nothing is more important than information security and the protection of data. Rausch Advisory Services is committed to providing information security services that help their clients manage risk and implement best practices. As a CIO, I understand and manage cybersecurity challenges routinely. I am pleased to be a member of the Advisory Board to share my knowledge and expertise to support the growth of the company and strengthen their strategic position in information security services.” – Marie Mouchet. Marie Mouchet is Chief Information Officer at Colonial Pipeline Company where she leads the development and implementation of IT strategy across Colonial Pipeline Company. Her role provides strategic and tactical planning and direction for information technology.
Previously, Mouchet has served in leadership positions within Southern Company for more than 25 years, and has experience across many Southern Company business lines including regulatory affairs, financial services, public relations, marketing, sales and generation. In her roles, she has established organizations, led the development of high performance teams and organizational structures, established and revised business processes, and developed and implemented strategies. Her last role at Souther Company was the VP | CIO, Southern Company Operations and Southern Nuclear. A role where she provided strategic and tactical planning and direction for information technology at fossil, hydro and nuclear generating plants, fuel services for the plants, new plant acquisitions, new nuclear plant development, a real-time trading floor, the engineering and construction services organization, and the transmission system. In addition to serving on Rausch’s Advisory Board Mouchet, currently serves at the Women in Technology (WIT) Foundation Board, which supports the philanthropic goals of WIT, Inc. and focuses on pre-career programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for young women. In 2012, Mouchet was named the Enterprise CIO of the Year by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association, and one of the “Fierce”-est Women in Energy by online industry newsletter FierceEnergy. In 2009, Mouchet was selected as one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders. In 2007, she was named Woman of the Year in Technology by the Atlanta-based Women in Technology organization, and was also named Woman of Excellence by Business to Business Magazine. Mouchet holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in mathematics education from Georgia State University.