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IIA Global Board of Directors  

The Board of Directors is the governing body of The Institute. The Board of Directors comprises 38 members elected at an annual meeting of the membership.

2013-2014 IIA Global Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board: Paul J. Sobel, CIA, CRMA

Paul Sobel’s impressive professional background leading global internal audit efforts has positioned him well for the global chairmanship of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

Currently vice president and chief audit executive for Georgia-Pacific, LLC, a privately owned forest and consumer products company based in Atlanta, Sobel also has served as the chief audit executive for three public companies: Mirant Corporation, an Atlanta-based energy company; Aquila, Inc., an energy company based in Kansas City, Mo.; and the publishing operations at Harcourt General in Orlando, Fla. Previously, he served as international audit manager for Pepsico, and senior and experienced manager in Arthur Andersen’s Business Risk Consulting and Financial Statement Assurance practices, respectively.

Each year, The IIA’s chairman has a focal point or theme. For his 2012-2014 chairmanship, Paul Sobel has chosen “Imagine the Possibilities” as his theme. Throughout his chairman year, Paul will advocate to internal auditors and audiences around the world to imagine the possibilities for the internal audit profession in this increasingly complex and global business environment.

Bio: IIA Chairman of the Board Paul J. Sobel

Chairman of the North American Board: Carolyn D. Saint, CIA, CRMA, CPA

Carolyn Devine Saint has been elected 2013-2014 chair of the North American Board of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). She is currently vice president of internal audit at 7-Eleven Inc. in Dallas. Her rich background in the internal audit profession includes serving as vice president of internal audit at Lowe’s Cos. Inc. and Sears Holdings Corp., divisional vice president of internal audit at Kmart Corp., chief audit executive at Covansys Inc., and manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP.

A sought-after speaker, Saint is recognized for her passion and enthusiasm on issues such as transformational leadership, change management, and internal auditing. She is well-versed in the U.S. Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, risk management, and internal control, and has an impressive track record of turning around under-performing internal audit groups.

An active IIA volunteer, both globally and locally, Saint has been on the North American Board since 2011, is a member of the Global Board of Directors, and is a past member of the North American Advocacy Committee and The IIA Research Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Locally, she has served as a member of the Dallas Chapter Board of Governors.

Saint is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and certified public accountant (CPA), and she holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in accountancy from Walsh College in Troy, Mich.

Bio: IIA Chairman of the North American Board Carolyn D. Saint

IIA North American Board of Directors 

The mission of the North American Board is to ensure that volunteer and staff activities of The IIA adequately address the needs of the North American membership. The North American Board comprises 10 directors and one North American member of the Executive Committee. At least one member of the North American Board must be from Canada. The IIA President and CEO serves as an ex-officio member of the North American Board, without voting rights. All North American Board members also serve on the Global Board of Directors.

2013-2014 IIA North American Board of Directors

IIA Boards and Committees 

The primary function of The IIA boards and committees is to help set strategies to achieve the goals and objectives of The Institute and to provide advice and counsel to the headquarters staff. Terms are usually three years, with one-third of the members’ terms expiring each year.

IIA President and Chief Executive Officer:
Richard F. Chambers, CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA  

The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the chief salaried administrative executive of The Institute. The President and CEO is responsible for the operations of headquarters and the management of the activities of The Institute staff, providing leadership and fostering an environment of cooperation and teamwork that positively influence relations with the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, committee members and the general membership. The President and CEO also serves along with the Chairman of the Board as a spokesman for The Institute.

Institute and Chapter Leaders  

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View the 2013-2014 chairman's video, "Imagine the Possibilities."