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IIA Announces New EHS Director

Tammy Wyche to lead Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Center

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2016) — Supporting a focus on advancing and enhancing the environmental, health and safety auditing profession, The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) announced today the appointment of industry veteran Tammy Wyche as director of The IIA’s planned Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Center.

Wyche brings extensive industry knowledge and international experience that includes work in hazardous waste management, environmental, health and safety auditing, employee training programs, and regulatory compliance.

“We are very excited to have someone of Tammy’s caliber to lead our new Audit Center,” said IIA President and CEO Richard F. Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA. “She not only brings a wealth of experience from the EHS field, but also a history of strategic thinking, creative problem solving, and a deep understanding of international business practices essential to establishing and nurturing the new center.”

The Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Center will focus on expanding the reach of EHS auditing at a time when the profession’s importance is growing. As businesses take an increasingly global view of manufacturing and retail opportunities, the risks associated with workplace health-and-safety regulatory compliance expand. This positions EHS auditors to offer great value to their organizations. Similarly, the diversity of environmental regulations and growing pressure on corporations to integrate sustainability into business plans also offer new opportunities and challenges to EHS auditors.

The center, set to launch in early 2016, evolves from The IIA’s planned merger with the Auditing Roundtable, an EHS auditing group created in 1982. The merger, announced last year, is pending final state regulatory approval.

“The center, along with Tammy’s extensive experience and leadership, will help EHS auditors to meet current and future challenges head-on and to realize new opportunities on a wide scale,” said Bill Qualls, president of the Auditing Roundtable Board.

The IIA first partnered with the Auditing Roundtable in 1997 to offer a suite of Board of Environmental, Health and Safety Auditor Certifications (BEAC), including the Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) and the Certified Process Safety Auditor (CPSA).

Wyche’s experience includes more than 20 years at Konica Minolta Photo Imaging, USA, where she served as environmental manager for 15 years. In that role, she dealt with regulatory issues across North and Central America, the Caribbean, and the European Union. Wyche also has strong credentials in professional development and marketing, including substantial work in government relations and community engagement.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental and public health from the University of Wisconsin and has extensive education in environmental and safety law. She is licensed in life and health insurance in Florida.