John D. Owens

Professor of the Practice, Leventhal School of Accounting,
Marshall School of Business,
University of Southern California;
Former Audit Partner, KPMG LLP

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Education

  • University of Southern California, B.S.

John Owens is an expert in auditing, financial accounting, financial reporting, and cost accounting. His expertise spans a broad range of topics that arise in investigations, complex litigation, and regulatory enforcement matters brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

As a former audit partner at KPMG, Professor Owens has extensive experience leading audits of public and privately held clients in a variety of industries, including energy, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and consumer and industrial products. He served as lead engagement partner in the audits of several prominent multinational corporations, including a Fortune 500 energy company and a Fortune 500 metals company, and in an International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) audit for a $25 billion consumer products company.

At KPMG, Professor Owens also served as a consultant to public and privately held companies, analyzing issues of corporate strategy; production and inventory management; and business processes. He consulted on the re-engineering of a major medical research and education institute, as well as the European distribution system of a U.S.-based international pharmaceutical company. In addition, he assessed the integration of a Europe-based global pharmaceutical company in its acquisition of a U.S. biotech company.

For over a decade, Professor Owens has served on the faculty in the USC Leventhal School of Accounting, teaching classes on financial accounting, auditing, and strategy and operations. He developed and teaches a course called “Strategy and Operations through a CFO Lens,” and developed USC’s MAcc D+A program, which fosters expertise in accounting, auditing, and business with a data and analytics focus. In addition, Professor Owens is academic director of the Marshall School of Business’s degree program for the Master of Accounting with Emphasis in Data and Analytics.

Professional Affiliations
Practices
Case

Auditor Independence: Individual Auditor

Case

Purchase Price Adjustment Dispute

Case

Regulatory Matter Involving Alleged Failure of an Auditor to Detect Fraud