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Kristin Valente ’89, a veteran account leader at Ernst & Young’s Seattle office, was promoted on May 2, 2011 to the firm’s Advisory Services practice in Portland where she is now an Advisory Services partner. Valente will help mature and emerging Oregon businesses realize their growth plans and accelerate their success with fresh thinking and insights. “Kristin brings more than 20 years of client service experience to our Portland practice, with a strong focus on helping clients manage risk, transform business performance and sustain improvement,” said Peter Doubleday, managing partner of the firm’s Portland office. “She’s a strategic problem solver and is well-respected by her clients for helping them realize their business goals.” Prior to joining the advisory practice in Seattle, she worked as an auditor for the firm in Silicon Valley, where her clients included some of the Valley’s top technology firms. She later served as leader of the firm’s Global Innovation team, addressing issues of privacy, systems reliability, outsourced relationships and intellectual property protection across a wide range of industries and business models. In 2000, Valente was recognized by the AICPA for issuing the first SysTrust report on systems reliability for a client. She also pioneered Ernst & Young’s CyberProcess Certification methodology, which offered the first examination-based, online certification for Internet businesses. Valente is a certified public accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. She is licensed to practice in California, Ohio, Oregon and Washington, and is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants and the Washington State Society of CPAs and the Information Systems Audit and Controls Association.