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American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners

American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners

The IIA’s American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners (“Hall”) was established in 2011 to recognize key individuals in the field of internal auditing who have contributed significantly to the profession throughout their lifetime. It is the highest honor given by the North American Board for the contributions and accomplishments that the recipient has made to advance the profession, setting the standard for others to emulate.

Annually, no more than five practitioners will be recognized for this award. The initial groups included additional honorees to properly recognize the historical contributors to the profession of internal audit throughout the previous seven decades.

2018 Call for Nominations: Now Closed

2018 Recipients will be announced at the 2018 General Audit Management (GAM) Conference March 12-14 in Las Vegas.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible candidates for induction into the Hall should have:

  1. Served as a leader in the internal audit profession (audit professional, professor, instructor, or other service to the profession of internal auditing) for a minimum of ten years.
  2. Provided diligent service to their employing organization(s), as evidenced by the support afforded to them by their peers, supervisors, and staff.
  3. Advanced the profession through thought leadership, presenting on internal audit at conferences or seminars, or service to The Institute of Internal Auditors in a leadership role.
  4. Exemplified the finest values of those who practice internal audit through their highly ethical conduct, integrity, moral character, service and leadership.


Inductees into the Hall will be honored at the General Audit Management (GAM) Conference or other activity, as determined by the North American Board. Each recipient will receive an appropriate acknowledgement to publicly recognize their induction into the Hall.

2017 Recipients: Larry Rittenberg, Paul Sobel, Jacqueline Wagner, Dave Walker

2016 Recipients: Urton Anderson, Eric Hespenheide, Stephen Morgan, Jon T. Rymer