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IIA Announces 2012-2013 Global Board of Directors

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA – The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) has announced the 2012-2013 board of directors and officers. The election took place at The IIA’s Annual Business Meeting on July 11, 2012.

“We rely on the selfless, tireless service of the global board to provide invaluable counsel and to steer the strategic vision of The IIA,” says IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers, CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA. “I look forward to working with these top-notch executives in the coming year.”

All officers will serve their positions for a one-year term. Board members are elected for a two-year term.

Chairman of the Board

Philip D. Tarling, CIA, CRMA, CMIIA was elected chairman. Tarling has more than 25 years of internal audit and finance experience in the private and public sectors, with his most recent role as vice president, Internal Audit Centre of Excellence for Huawei Technologies (UK) Co. Ltd., a global telecommunications company based in China and the United Kingdom. 

His service to The IIA includes leadership roles in The IIA’s Executive Committee, The IIA’s Board of Directors, and the Internal Auditing Academic Advancement Fund’s Board of Directors.  His membership roles include serving on The IIA’s Investment, Institute Relations, Global Finance Committees, as well as chairing the Governance Task Force.

As chairman, he will serve as a key spokesperson for The IIA. Tarling will work to foster positive, mutually beneficial relationships between The IIA and other professional organizations. He will also be responsible for presiding at all meetings and appointing all committee chairmen and committee members, ad hoc committees and task forces.

“My priority for the coming year is to motivate practitioners around the world to effectively communicate the tremendous value the internal audit function adds to an organization,” says Tarling. “With the increased globalization of the business community and the rapid expanse of emerging markets, there has never been a more important time to accurately and effectively communicate internal auditing’s value proposition by "Saying it Right.”

Senior Vice Chairman

Paul J, Sobel, CIA, CRMA, vice president and chief audit executive at Georgia-Pacific Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia, has been elected senior vice chairman. He will be responsible for working with vice chairmen to facilitate communication and coordination among IIA committees to drive the organization’s strategic activities. Sobel will oversee the Global Advocacy Committee, Global Ethics Committee and the Internal Auditing Academic Advancement Fund. He will become IIA Chairman of the Board in 2013.

Vice Chairman – Professional Certifications

Anton van Wyk, CIA, CRMA, partner, Assurance Services for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Johannesburg, South Africa, has been elected vice chairman of professional certifications.  Van Wyk will direct the strategies of the certification program of The IIA, which includes exams for Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certificate in Control Self-assessment (CCSA), Certified Government Audit Professional (CGAP), Certified Financial Services Auditor® (CFSA), and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). Vann Wyk will oversee the Professional Certifications Board, as well as the Exam Development Committee.

Vice Chairman – Professional Guidance

Douglas J. Anderson, CIA, CRMA, global finance director at Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan, has been elected vice chairman of professional guidance. Anderson will oversee and coordinate the International Internal Audit Standards Board, the Professional Issues Committee and the Public Sector Committee in developing guidance and issuing position papers on topics directly or indirectly affecting the internal audit profession.

Vice Chairman – Global Services

Lawrence J. Harrington, CIA, vice president, Internal Audit at Raytheon in Waltham, Mass., has been elected vice chairman of global services. Harrington will supervise and coordinate the global services committees to ensure The IIA provides the most relevant and comprehensive benefits possible to its membership. Harrington will oversee the Institute Relations Committee and the International Conference Committee.

Vice Chairman – Research

Sharon Grant, CIA, CRMA, managing director, Corporate Audit for United Continental Holdings Inc., in Chicago, Il., has been elected vice chairman of research. Grant will also serve as the president of The IIA Research Foundation, providing strategic direction for research on the internal audit profession. Grant will oversee the Research Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Committee of Research & Education Advisors.

Vice Chairman – Finance/Treasurer

Gary A. Anderson, CIA, managing director for Protiviti in Melbourne, Australia, has been elected vice chairman of finance and treasurer . Anderson will oversee the establishment and maintenance of adequate controls for safeguarding the funds of The Institute and the Research Foundation. Anderson will oversee the Global Finance Committee as well as the Investment Committee.


Carolyn A. Dittmeier, CIA, director of Internal Audit for Poste Italiane in Rome, Italy, has been elected secretary. Dittmeirer will be responsible for notifying The IIA’s board of directors of meetings and informing members of The Institute about general membership meetings.  Additionally, Dittmeier will be responsible for keeping records of all meetings and ensuring that both board and IIA members have ready access to all records.


About The IIA

Established in 1941, The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is a global professional association for internal auditors around the world, with headquarters located in Altamonte Springs, Fla., USA. The IIA serves more than 175,000 members from 165 countries by providing professional development, guidance, and certification.