Rita Cochell

Rita Cochell

Director of Internal Audit - CPA, CIA, CISA, CFE

  • San Jose CA

Work experience

Work experience

Enterprise Director

RMC Consulting - San Jose, California
2014 - Present

Founded RMC Consulting. Projects included assisting with IPO readiness, internal audit, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Using strong analytical and problem-solving skills, combined with knowledge of accounting, business processes, internal controls and IT systems, tackled complex and unstructured projects delivering with results exceeding client’s expectations.

Director of Internal Audit and SOX Compliance

2011 - 2014

Promoted to Director of Internal Audit and SOX after eight months of service. Successfully delivered on major initiatives set by the Audit Committee and Executive management, which included:

  • Gain efficiencies- Automated the project management aspect of running internal audits and SOX, eliminating reliance on Excel worksheets which increased productivity by thirty percent (30%).
  • Strive for best-in-class solutions- Managed the implementation of a companywide solution using an automated methodology for testing Segregation of Duties, thus eliminating the former time consuming and costly manual process.
  • Embrace change- Influenced process owners to streamline and standardize processes and controls across geographical regions which eliminated thirty (30) redundant controls.

Recognized within the industry for exceptional leadership skills and embracing forward thinking audit practices and methodologies.

Senior Manager

San Jose, California Senior Director of Internal Audit Assessed business risk via comprehensive assessment of financial, entity-level, IT general controls and operational risk. Formulated effective risk-based audit plan. Generated strong buy-in from senior management and Corporate Audit Committee.

Director of Internal Audit and Compliance

2005 - 2008

Created the Internal Audit department and led company-wide 404 compliance program.   Identified and protected key controls in high-risk areas. Routinely presented plans, status and audit reports to Audit Committee and senior management.

  • Launched Internal Audit and Compliance departments.
  • Standardized audit planning, execution, documentation, and reporting.
  • Repeatedly earned merit-based bonuses.

Associate Director

PROTIVITI - Portland Oregon
2004 - 2005

Created SOX-compliance programs for diverse clients. Identified company risk, and established effective controls. Analyzed performance gaps, and formulated proactive plans of action. Designed effective, client-centered marketing campaigns. Managed external auditor relationships.

Director of Internal Audit

CHIRON CORPORATION - Emeryville, California
2001 - 2004

Established Internal Audit department for $2B international pharmaceutical company. Performed risk assessments for all business units. Reported audit results to process owners, Audit Committee, and senior management.

  • Developed annual audit plan.
  • Planned and managed mission-critical audits.
  • Instituted consistent, effective audit processes.
  • Streamlined and standardized reporting formats.
  • Repeatedly earned merit-based bonuses.

Senior Manager

1999 - 2001

Provided high-tech Silicon Valley companies with comprehensive risk assessment services. Identified, quantified, and prioritized client risks. Developed service and risk management proposals.

  • Developed risk management solutions for industry leaders:
  • Compaq Computers
  • Adobe Systems
  • Gateway Computers
  • Informix Software and
  • ADAC Laboratories.
  • Consistently exceeded customer service expectations.  

Senior Internal Auditor

1995 - 1999

Palo Alto, California / Vancouver, Washington

Business Analyst - Consumer Marketing

1993 - 1995

Program Manager - Vancouver Division

1988 - 1990

Early Career

Additional previous experience includes:

  • Assistant Controller – Wells Fargo Bank
  • Certified Public Accountant – Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.



Bachelor of Science – Business Administration/Accounting

San Francisco State University


  • Certified Public Accountant, 1984, reactivated 2009
  • Certified Fraud Examiner 2009
  • Certified Information System Auditor 2010
  • Certified Internal Auditor, 2011
  • CobiT Foundation, 2011
  • International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), 2012