CFEs elect Ryan Hubbs, Tony Prior and Elizabeth Simon to be Regents

Pictured, from left to right: Tony Prior, MBA, CFE; Elizabeth Simon, CFE, CPA; Ryan C. Hubbs, CFE, CIA, CCEP

Certified Fraud Examiners elected Ryan C. Hubbs, CFE, CIA, CCEP; Tony Prior, MBA, CFE; and Elizabeth Simon, CFE, CPA, to the 2018-2019 ACFE Board of Regents from nine candidates selected by the ACFE Nominations Committee. Hubbs, Prior and Simon took office at the board’s meeting in February at ACFE headquarters in Austin, Texas.

Ryan C. Hubbs, CFE, CIA, CCEP, Schlumberger Limited, Houston, Texas

Ryan C. Hubbs, CFE, CIA, CCEP, is the global internal audit manager over data analytics for Schlumberger Limited, an oilfield services company. For more than 16 years, he’s conducted international corporate investigations and forensic audits for numerous companies within the energy sector. His areas of expertise have focused around third-party fraud and corruption and how shell companies are used in bypassing internal controls.

Hubbs’ investigation experience is supported, he says, by frequent fraud research projects and thought-provoking presentations plus useful articles in Fraud Magazine. Topics have included the link between deviant behavior and fraud, why hotline programs fail and investigating shell companies.

He’s delivered anti-fraud training to numerous Fortune 500 companies and multinational organizations, as well as several local, state and federal agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Hubbs is an ACFE faculty member and a recipient of the James R. Baker Speaker of the Year Award and the Hubbard Award. He’s been a member of the ACFE’s Professional Standards and Practices Committee and was chairman of the ACFE Membership Awards Committee.

He served as chapter president for both the New Orleans and Houston ACFE Chapters and helped develop the ACFE chapter leaders’ training program.

Hubbs has been a CFE since 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Sociology/Criminology and a Master’s in Business Administration with a Training and Development concentration. Hubbs also served 13 years as a commissioned law enforcement officer.

Tony Prior, MBA, CFE, AUSTRAC, Sydney, Australia

Tony Prior, MBA, CFE, has a fraud risk management and financial crime career spanning more than 20 years. He’s the founder and current president of the ACFE Sydney Chapter. A CFE since 2001, he has both professional services consulting and corporate in-house experience.

Prior was a twice-commendation Australian Federal Police agent, and for 12 years he investigated fraud, money laundering and other crimes. He’s a director at AUSTRAC, Australia’s AML regulator and financial intelligence unit.

He spent eight years with EY’s Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services. As head of fraud risk for AMP Limited, one of Australia’s largest non-bank financial institutions, he led its fraud education, detection and investigation functions.

Prior is active locally and internationally and has presented extensively on fraud and financial crime in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. He presented at the 2015 ACFE Fraud Conference Asia-Pacific in Singapore. Prior spent 12 months in Indonesia where he and two colleagues designed, drafted and delivered a four-month fraud and anti-corruption course.

Prior chaired the Sydney Chapter’s inaugural fraud conference. His subsequent article “Zero to a hundred in 12 months” appeared in the ACFE Chapter News blog. The chapter began only a year before, but the fraud conference attracted 100 attendees, Prior says.

Prior lectures part-time in forensic accounting — a core unit for students specializing in financial crime at Macquarie University in Sydney.

Elizabeth Simon, CFE, CPA, Cox Communications Inc., Atlanta, Georgia

Elizabeth Simon, CFE, CPA, is the director of ethics & compliance for Cox Communications Inc. She’s responsible for managing the ethics hotline and overseeing ethics-related investigations, conducting compliance risk assessments and ensuring that Cox is complying with the laws and regulations relevant to the company. She also oversees the company’s Records & Information Management Program and leads other compliance-related projects.

Simon previously served as the senior internal auditor for Kimberly-Clark in Roswell, Georgia, with responsibility for developing data analytics around the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and for other internal audits. Prior to that, she was in Kimberly-Clark’s Global Security department at which she managed the anti-fraud program and investigated both internal and external fraud.

Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, Simon worked at both PwC and EY. She conducted external audits and worked on forensic accounting investigations with these firms. She serves on the board of directors of the Atlanta Compliance and Ethics (ACE) Roundtable.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Accountancy from East Carolina University. She’s a Certified Public Accountant in the states of Georgia (active) and North Carolina (inactive).

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