Carnegie Mellon University

Risk and Regulatory Services Innovation Center

Sponsored by PwC at Heinz College

Brian  Schwartz

Brian Schwartz

Principal, US Internal Audit, Compliance & Risk Management Solutions Leader - Financial Services, PwC


Brian Schwartz is PwC’s US Internal Audit, Compliance & Risk Management Leader for Financial Services. He oversees all Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) service offerings, including corporate governance, risk management, compliance, GRC tools enablement and business continuity management for financial services companies. He is responsible for setting strategy, overseeing resources and developing methods and thought leadership for our GRC practice. Schwartz is one of the key drivers of PwC’s annual risk in review survey and related research paper on risk management leading practices.

Schwartz’s risk management experiences and competencies have been developed over the past 27 years, working with his clients to build, assess and transform their governance structures, risk management capabilities, compliance efforts and internal audit functions. His focus continues to be on aligning risk management to internal stakeholder expectations, corporate strategy, and external/regulatory expectations. He has hands-on experience working with clients evaluating corporate governance structures, risk management programs, operational risk management, compliance efforts and internal audit activities.

Prior to joining PwC, Schwartz led the Global and Americas internal audit and controls practice for another Big Four firm, where he was a partner for 10 years. He spent another 10 years in industry prior to joining professional services, holding positions as chief audit executive, head of credit review, regulatory compliance officer and co-chair of the risk management oversight committee. He has spoken on risk management, internal audit and broader governance topics at numerous professional conferences throughout the world; authored articles for risk management and internal audit business publications; and has been interviewed by several business publications on these topics. Brian holds four professional certifications in risk management and internal auditing, including: certified risk professional, certification in risk management assurance, certified bank auditor and certified financial services auditor. He holds an MBA and B.S. in finance.

Schwartz is a past adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Smith School of Business, Masters in Business program. He currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business.