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IIA Announces New CFO

Ann S. Cohen brings more than 30 years of accounting, finance experience to post

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (July 22, 2015) — The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) announced today the appointment of Ann S. Cohen as Chief Financial Officer. Cohen, currently CFO at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., will assume her new role Aug. 31.

Cohen has more than 30 years of accounting and financial experience in the real estate, home-building, hospitality and banking industries. She currently oversees a team responsible for a variety of roles, including financial reporting, risk management, payroll, federal and state tax compliance and preparation, debt financing, IT, budgeting, and strategic planning at Woodfield, an upscale, private club. The club employs 400 and generates $26 million in annual revenue.

Her experience at Woodfield, as well as in previous positions, includes streamlining processes to achieve improved efficiency and cost savings, introduction and implementation of an internal control function, and implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance processes.

“I am excited to bring someone of Ann Cohen’s experience and caliber in as our new CFO,” said IIA President and CEO Richard F. Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA. “Her deep experience and track record are a perfect fit for the IIA in serving its diverse and dynamic membership.”

Cohen was previously CFO of Bainbridge Cos. and Regional CFO at Taylor Woodrow. She has a master’s degree in finance from Florida International University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida.

She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Global Management Accountant, and is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Financial Executives International (FEI), and Hospitality, Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP).

Cohen succeeds David Polansky, who left The IIA in April to become CFO and senior vice president of administration at AAA.