Business Advisory Council
Advisory Council members are alumni and friends of the school:
Thaddeus J. Senko , B'78
Former Global Partner, KPMG LLC
Mr. Senko has worked in KPMG’s audit and advisory practices for approximately 36 years and has been a partner of the US firm for over 25 years. He currently serves as the global engagement partner for KPMG’s internal audit engagement with Rio Tinto and as lead account partner for Liberty Media and Liberty Interactive. Previously he has served as the account executive, lead or engagement partner, primarily for internal audit engagements, with a number of global clients including General Motors, Hewlett-Packard (previously Compaq), McDonalds, Koch Industries, Gap, Freeport McMoRan and Peabody Energy. Mr. Senko has spoken extensively and been published with respect to enterprise risk management, internal audit best practices and sustainability solutions for businesses. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Colorado and New York. He was awarded the AICPA’s Elijah Watt Sells award and the Colorado Society of CPA’s silver medal for obtaining the highest score in the State of Colorado on the November 1978 CPA examination. Mr. Senko has a BS degree in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Duquesne University.
Previously, Mr. Senko served as the Global Chief Executive of KPMG’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services business where he was responsible for the firm’s strategy, services and investments with respect to climate change and sustainability across all functions – audit, tax and advisory. Mr. Senko also served as KPMG’s first Chief Audit Executive from 2006 to 2010. As CAE he led KPMG’s initial enterprise-wide risk assessment and had primary responsibility for assessing the design, and monitoring the operating effectiveness, of KPMG’s ethics and compliance program. He institutionalized a number of internal audit best practices, including use of a co-sourcing resource model, formalized risk-based audit planning, standardized methodologies and reports, issues tracking, ratings, utilization of CAATs and formal and informal leadership and Board level communication. Prior to 2006, Mr. Senko was the Global and US leader of KPMG’s Internal Audit, Regulatory & Compliance Services (IARCS) practice and was a member of the US firm’s Advisory Leadership Team. The IARCS practice provides enterprise-wide risk optimization services and risk-based internal audit sourcing and compliance solutions to clients. He also chaired the Firm’s Enterprise Risk Management Committee. Mr. Senko began his career with KPMG’s Audit practice in 1978, was assigned to the Firm’s Department of Professional Practice for two years, and was designated as one of the Firm’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Reviewing partners.
Mr. Senko currently serves on Duquesne University’s Board of Directors where he chairs the Audit and Finance Committee and is a member of the Executive and University Advancement Committees. He was recently appointed to the University’s Business Advisory Council. In past years, Mr. Senko was a board member, executive committee member, and treasurer of Artreach, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Denver. He is an avid alpine skier and coached various levels of youth ice hockey for seven years.