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​​​Internal Auditor Magazine Recognizes 15 Emerging Leaders

The paradigm for young audit professionals is shifting rapidly

LAKE MARY, Fla. (Nov. 8, 2017) — Emerging leaders embrace their role as trusted advisors. They leverage sophisticated IT in routine audit engagements. They are ready to take a seat at the C-suite table, to advise the business on high-level risk assessment and mitigation. And they are eager to use their unique perspective to spot problems and opportunities that impact the success of their organizations.

Internal Auditor magazine features 15 rising stars in its October cover story, “On the Rise 2017,” which profiles each Emerging Leader’s advancement within the internal audit profession.

“These outstanding, up-and-coming practitioners are making a difference in their organizations and helping to move the profession forward,” says Anne Millage, editor-in-chief of Internal Auditor. “They are steeped in the industry, poised to take on new challenges, and ready to lead.”

The 2017 Internal Auditor magazine Emerging Leaders are:

Everet Zicarelli, CIA, CPA, 27, Senior Internal Auditor, Sallie Mae Bank, Newark, Del.

Zicarelli believes the profession should place more emphasis on marketing internal auditing as an exciting and rewarding career choice. A University of Delaware graduate, he serves as the designated mentor for all internal audit interns at Sallie Mae as part of his department’s on-campus internship recruiting program.

Karen Tylinski, CFE, 29, Senior Auditor, Nielsen, Tampa, Fla.

Tylinski would like to help people outside the profession understand how stimulating and rewarding it can be. The University of South Florida graduate’s efforts include researching new audit tools and helping automate previously manual audit procedures. She’s also leading a large internal audit engagement that could have a multimillion dollar impact on the business.

Kara Goslin, CIA, CPA, 29, Senior Internal Auditor-EMEA, Deckers Outdoor Corp., London

Gosling is currently on assignment in London, her home base for helping improve Sarbanes-Oxley testing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa — and for networking globally within the company. A University of California at Santa Barbara graduate, Goslin wants to update internal auditors’ demographics, and looks forward to the day when nobody is surprised that a woman, musician, and craft beer aficionado is also an internal auditor.

Brian Salvador, CPA, 29, Senior Internal Auditor, Intellectual Ventures Management LLC, Bellevue, Wash.

Salvador notes that technology-savvy and mature organizations will shift toward automation, requiring further proactive efforts from practitioners. The Portland State University graduate once led a control assessment at a major sports promotion company with personnel scattered across three continents and led testing of Sarbanes-Oxley controls for two Fortune 500 companies.

Drew Williams, CIA, CPA, CFE, 29, Internal Audit Supervisor, Raytheon Co., Dallas

Williams enjoys the challenge of understanding raw data sets and identifying key fields, then strategically developing criteria to analyze the data to draw meaningful conclusions. The University of Texas at Dallas graduate excels in effectively wielding the ultimate value-add weapon: data analytics. Artificial intelligence and robotic software will increasingly assist auditors in managing massive amounts of data, he says.

Jordan Gross, CIA, CPA, 29, Senior Auditor, Fossil Group Inc., Richardson, Texas

Gross believes that future internal auditors will help map out corporate strategy, while computers will track and manage glitches in the system, as the line between financial and IT auditor continues to blur. The University of Florida graduate calls on all practitioners to be more adaptable as the job will evolve toward a more continuous audit approach.

Bill Stahl, CIA, 28, Manager, Advisory Services, EY, Atlanta

Stahl focuses on continually enhancing his skill set as he believes internal auditors of the future must be more broadly versed in the business and be able to leverage technology to detect and monitor risk. The Georgia Southern University graduate leads global, multiyear projects with teams scattered around the world, and he relies on his network of internal audit professionals for guidance.

Alissa Irgang, AMIIA, GDLP, 29, Senior Manager, Protiviti, Australian Capital Territory

Irgang, an Australian National University graduate, has already served as national lead in Protiviti’s first global Project Management Office for a major project, and she’s chair of IIA–Australia’s ACT Chapter Council, a post she used to create and launch the first IIA mentoring program in Australia. She hopes the mentees learn that the profession is not just about following a defined audit process, stressing that internal auditors need to focus on purpose, not paperwork, and understand the value and objectives behind the audit.

Anne Davis, CIA, 26, Risk and Financial Advisory Senior Consultant, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Charlotte, NC

While studying at Wake Forest University, Davis learned that her interests in business were actually more aligned with accounting and finance and, eventually, internal auditing. Now, when she’s not traveling for client projects, she mentors others and is a career coach for Deloitte’s summer interns, helping them acclimate to the firm’s culture and to the professional services industry.

Matthew Suhovsky, CIA, 29, Financial Services Risk Manager, Crowe Horwath LLP, New York

Suhovsky says relationships are key in internal audit and building them is critical to success in the profession. The California Lutheran University graduate notes his clients don’t only know him as someone who works for Crowe, they know him as a person. In his view: “Internal auditors are here to help mitigate risk and act as a partner and resource to businesses, contrary to the perception of auditors aiming to get people in trouble.”

Nora Zeid Kelani, CIA, 28, Group Internal Auditor, Trust Holding, Amman, Jordan

Kelani combines technical audit skills, an ability to see the big picture, and a sharp focus on bringing more women into the profession, especially in the Middle East. The Hashemite University graduate thinks internal audit functions are adopting forward-looking practices, but notes further progress is needed. She believes, “If we want to be a 360-degree business-focused profession and not just a finance-related profession, we need to start being one — now.”

Joshua Wood, CIA, CPA, CFE, 28, Internal Auditor III, Calpine Corp., Houston

Wood, a Louisiana State University graduate, is an expert at data analytics and leads training sessions for his audit department on analytics software.  While he’s firmly focused on current practice and technology, he also keeps an eye toward the future. In his view, “The availability and presentation of data is going to change internal audit. Presenting analytical results through visualizations is our next frontier.”

Tiana Clewis, CIA, CPA, CFE, 29, Founder and Coach, Selah Financial Coaching, Midlothian, Texas

Clewis recently transitioned from a senior staff auditor position with a large health system to a small business owner focused on financial coaching. The Howard University graduate — following six years in public accounting — shares her skills with non-practitioners who need a leg up in their personal financial lives. She notes: “I will always be an internal auditor. If you’re always looking for ways to make things more compliant, more secure, and more efficient, you are an internal auditor at heart.”

Jessica Minshew, CIA, 29, Internal Auditor, Finance Industry, Macon, GA

As president of The IIA’s Middle Georgia Chapter, Minshew recently launched a faculty certification sponsorship program that covers the CIA exam and training for a business or IT faculty member at a local college, turning the newly minted CIAs into campus internal audit advocates. A Georgia Southern University graduate, she would like to see greater diversity in the profession, noting she believes “the only way internal audit will outlive automation is to prove the value of nontraditional audits.”

Alex Rusate, CCSA, CPA, 26, Senior Auditor, Financial Controls, AMRI, Albany, NY

Rusate, a Bentley University graduate, is dedicated to help teach young people financial literacy, and now helps his alma mater pair students with alumni as academic and professional mentors. On the job, Rusate sees a high-tech future where practitioners “audit smarter by leveraging data analytics and computer-aided audit tools — and use their detailed understanding of the organization’s operations to add value.”

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