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Guenter Hofmann  started his own busieness as consultant for corporate governance, risk management, compliance and internal audit in January 2009. He focuses mainly on process analyses and – improvements regarding efficiency, effectiveness and security of the work flow. He has finished already  some projects successfully. He is also expert for Sarbanes Oxlex requirements (process orientation)  and Coso I and II.


The 8.5 years before he was responsible executive director and head of the audit department of Goldman, Sachs & Co. oHG, Frankfurt/Germany. During this period, he focused on implementing a risk based approach within the risk management function (reputation, operational and credit risk) and the implementation of local compliance requirements including advising how to prevent money laundering based on a specific risk assessment.

From 1990 on, prior to Goldman, Sachs & Co, Guenter was head of the internal audit department of Rabobank AG / Rabobank International – a Dutch cooperative bank. There, he was responsible for auditing head office and branches. Besides being responsible for Internal Auditing, Guenter was from April 1999 to June 2000, when he left Rabobank, additionally appointed as Compliance Officer, Data Protection Manager and Security Officer. As security officer his emphasis was on identifying and limiting operational risks. As compliance officer he was responsible besides others, for reorganizing the credit risk process in anticipation of the upcoming regulatory requirements.

After his studies at Julius Maximilians University of Wuerzburg, he started his career as external auditor at KPMG (former Peat Marwick Mitchell), continued his career at Deutsche Girozentrale – Deutsche Kommunalbank (former top Institute of German Saving Unions – DGZ) as deputy head of internal audit and was finally appointed as head of the audit department at Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (Credit Swiss). Due to the CS banks customer base, he has gained experience in fraud investigation and fraud prevention (corporate governance aspects of “opportunity/motivation/justification” of fraud). As deputy head of internal audit at DGZ he implemented a risk based audit planning system for head office in Frankfurt and Luxemburg branch.

Since 1999 Guenter has supported the “renovation process” in Vietnam as consultant for SBV in internal audit and internal control. He has long experience in Vietnam and has supported SBV in drafting the regulations on Internal Control (No 36) and Internal Audit (No 37)

Guenter holds a master degree in economics (Diplom Kaufmann). His degree dissertation was “The role and task of the Statebank in the economic system of the German Democratic Republic”

In 1998 he was designated as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) from the Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA) (Altamonte, Fl) and in 2007 he was named as Certified Fraud Examiner from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Austin, TX).

Guenter has published several articles in audit magazines and compendiums. His publications covered a broad spectrum of corporate governance and gained much attention. The topics comprised beside others, Sarbanes Oxley requirements, efficiency and effectiveness of internal audit departments, process orientation and risk management, loan reviews, auditing in Asia – Vietnam as an example.

As an expert for corporate governance in general and process improvements in detail - he is lecturing at various institutions on matters of corporate governance and process improvements.