Management Discussion and Analysis, typically referred to as MD&A, is the portion of a public company's annual report (or quarterly filing) where management addresses the company’s performance. It is intended to be a narrative explanation of the financial statements and statistical data the Registrant believes will enhance a readers' understanding of its financial condition along with results of operation. Management discussion and analysis is one of many sections required by the SEC and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to be included in a public company’s annual report to shareholders. The SEC has repeatedly stated, MD&A is the "heart and soul" of a company's disclosure requirements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. It is a crucial component in increasing the transparency of a company's financial performance and providing investors with the ability to evaluate the company on an informed basis.
- CFO’s and CEO’s
- Board of Directors
- Public Accounting Auditors
- Finance and Accounting Professionals
- Compliance Professionals
- Identify the purpose and objectives of MD&A
- Understand the typical components included in MD&A
- Identify the updated objective of MD&A disclosures
- Examine details of final amendments
- Examine criteria related to Key Performance Indicators
Field: Specialized Knowledge
Delivery Method: Self-Study
Consultant, CPA, CGMA, CRMA, MBA, Past Chief Audit Executive
Business Consultant, Trainer, Author
Ms. Fountain has over 40 years of experience spanning public accounting, industry accounting and consulting. Sixteen years of that experience has been in the field of internal audit, risk managment and process improvement. She is well adept to assist your organization evaluate business strategy, perform risk assessments, establish a Sarbanes-Oxley process, synergizing internal audit processes or perform process improvement projects.
As a past corporate executive Lynn has a passion for working with professionals to enhance their processes and provide leading edge education. She has authored and delivered hundreds of training courses for accounting, finance and audit professionals. Her training is filled with not just theory but real world application.
Ms. Fountain has authored three technical publications:
-Leading the Internal Audit Function
-Raise the Red Flag
-Ethics and the Internal Auditor's political dilemma
Lynn is a recognized leader in the internal audit profession as well as a recognized business professional.
Ms. Fountain obtained her BSBA from Pittsburg State University and her MBA from Washburn University in Kansas. She has active, current CPA, CGMA, and CRMA credentials.