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IIA Recognizes Outstanding Service at International Conference

Brink, Cadmus awards go to longtime internal audit leaders in U.S., Australia

VANCOUVER (July 7, 2015) — Two longtime internal audit industry leaders received career achievement awards today at The IIA’s 74th International Conference in Vancouver.

Michael Parkinson, CIA, CRMA, was honored on the second day of the three-day conference with the prestigious Victor Z. Brink Award for Distinguished Service. Named for one of The IIA’s founders, the award recognizes outstanding service to the profession through contributions to The IIA.

Since joining the Board of IIA-Australia in 1996, Parkinson has held numerous leadership positions in The IIA, including serving as the president of IIA-Australia and chair of The IIA Global International Relations Committee. He also served as chairman of the International Conference held in Sydney in 2004, and has been a member of the Global Executive Committee. Further, he was president of the Asian Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditors (ACIIA). He is currently on the Global Nominating Committee, the CBOK task force, and the IPPF relook task force.

Parkinson worked as a government internal auditor for 35 years. Until recently, he was a director in the government services practice of KPMG Canberra. He continues to serve the internal audit profession as an independent consultant and advisor.

“I am thrilled to present Michael with this honor for his service,” said IIA Global Board Chairman Anton van Wyk, CIA, QIAL, CRMA. “His outstanding leadership has guided important initiatives that have helped to elevate the internal audit profession.”

The IIA awarded John J. Flaherty, CIA, with the Bradford Cadmus Memorial Award for his substantial contributions to the global profession.

Flaherty is former vice president and general auditor of PepsiCo Inc., where he positioned internal auditing as a training ground to attract and develop experienced auditors into financial leadership. Prior, he held a number of management positions with the Ford Motor Company, including as head of worldwide internal auditing. He began his business career with a predecessor firm of Deloitte & Touche.

Flaherty has served as IIA global chairman of the board, and he led a landmark project as the chairman of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) to publish an enterprise risk management-integrated framework.

He has served the profession as an international spokesman on audit and control issues. He also participated on a blue ribbon panel to improve audit committee effectiveness sponsored by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

“John’s experience and service have earned him high regard in the field of internal auditing,” van Wyk said. “Both Michael and John truly represent the qualities of internal auditors that these awards honor.”