Peter Kiilu – President
Peter is an analytical thinker who is always working to perfect our business model to achieve its full potential. He brings a clear-headed, careful eye to all operations of Niche Assurance.
Peter has an unusual background. His academic roots are in accounting and he is a licensed CPA. After graduate school, he joined Price Waterhouse (the predecessor of PWC) as an auditor in Nairobi, Kenya. He later left public accounting and joined Shell Oil where he spent eleven years in various capacities in finance, business process re-engineering, enterprise systems implementation, and in Shell Global Audit Network in East Africa region. It was during his time as enterprise system implementation project manager for Shell in Kenya and later in Mauritius that Peter developed a keen and deep interest in information technology. Peter attributes his resounding success in these projects to the leverage he had from his accounting and finance background and his ability to integrate accounting and finance with information technology to improve business performance in a very competitive environment. At the end of the day, all operational transactions have an effect on the bottom line.
After moving to the US in 2003, he worked in internal audit functions at InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: AICI), Unocal (NYSE:UCL), Weatherford International (NYSE:WFT), and Cornell Companies (NYSE:CRN). Peter was one of the pioneers in the implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley Act that was enacted after the high profile collapse of Enron. Peter was the Managing Director of Internal Audit for Cornell Companies (NYSE:CRN). Prior to joining Cornell Companies, he was a Senior Audit Manager at Weatherford International. Unlike external audits that only provide independent attestation services, Peter enjoyed his role in internal audit where on one hand he was responsible for providing independent risk assurance, and on the other hand, provided consulting services to management.
Peter thrives well in a collaborative environment where information is readily shared. He likes to coach and train others to attain higher performance levels. He is patient, disciplined and goal-oriented leader with unique combination of expertise and hands-on business experience. Interact closely with Peter, and you will be surprised by his depth and breadth of expertise and experience that he has leveraged throughout his career to achieve tremendous success and recognition. He is the present day “oracle at Delphi” on matters relating to business process improvement, project management, risk management, internal control, regulatory compliance, systems integration, cyber security, and accounting and finance.
Peter holds an MBA in Accounting and is a licensed CPA in California, Texas, and Virginia. In addition, he holds the following professional certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP), ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN), GIAC Perimeter Protection Analyst (GPPA), and GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA).
Peter is not a big talker, but he is a big thinker, soft spoken, full of innovative ideas, and with a wonderful sense of humor.