Gartner Expert

James Fitzmaurice

VP, Advisory

Jim Fitzmaurice is the principal executive advisor to Heads of Risk Management (ERM) and Internal Audit for large enterprises worldwide. No one on the planet speaks with more heads of these functions than Jim does every year. As a result, Mr. Fitzmaurice provides a global perspective on the most difficult challenges faced by risk and audit executives, as well as the solutions that will help them overcome those challenges.

Some recent examples of conference presentations made by Mr. Fitzmaurice: enabling big growth bets; improving audit's use of data analytics; closing the risk response gap; increasing audit's business impact; aligning decisions with risk appetite; auditing through organizational change; scaling ERM's impact; strengthening assurance over information security; using ERM to improve strategic decisions.

Mr. Fitzmaurice also steers research teams' work toward the most relevant challenges and the most actionable practitioner insights.

Previous experience

In roles at previous companies, Mr. Fitzmaurice has solicited subprime mortgages from originators, managed a branch of sales and service associates, participated in a leadership development program, and taught mathematics.

Professional background

The Lending Group

Account Executive

Capital One (formerly Chevy Chase Bank)

Branch Officer

St. Ambrose School

Teacher, Mathematics

Areas of coverage

Audit Function Strategy and Management

Audit Engagement Process and Efficiency

Enterprise Risk Management Program Management

Risk Assessment Process and Methodologies

Audit Planning and Risk Coverage


M.B.A., Financial Engineering, Robert H. Smith School of Business, Beta Gamma Sigma, Financial Management Association Honors Society

B.S., Zoology, University of Maryland, College Park

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Improve board and management risk committee reporting

2Drive management action through effective risk reporting

3Optimize enterprise risk assessment

4Promote internal auditor behaviors that support organizational change

5Move toward real-time assurance