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Internal Auditor Recognizes Budding Professionals

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — They represent industries as diverse as banking, manufacturing, media, energy, and government. Their careers in internal audit range from barely a year to almost a decade. And they hail from the United States and Canada, plus nations as varied as Russia and The Bahamas. But they have a great deal in common as well. They’re young, tech-savvy innovators who tackle problems head-on, and they’re out to shape the internal audit profession of the future — not as a policing, box-checking department, but as a trusted, value-adding consulting function within their organizations. Internal Auditor  (Ia) magazine names these young professionals as this year’s “20 Under 30.”

 “Choosing just 20 of these bright young individuals to highlight in the magazine was no easy task,” says the magazine’s Editor in Chief Anne Millage, who explains that her team enlisted the help of members of The IIA’s American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners for the selection process. “We looked for nominations who best exemplify the characteristics sought after in today’s and tomorrow’s internal audit professionals — factors such as leadership, certifications, advocacy, community service, innovative thinking, and professionalism — and we ended up with a diverse group of young people who share a passion for the profession, which is evidenced by what they’ve accomplished in their short time as internal auditors.”

The top 20 are:

  • Hugo Alhinho, IT Auditor for Shell International BV
  • Rachel Bond, Consultant for Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Kayla Carter, Manager for Protiviti
  • Jesse Cohen, International Internal Audit Advisor for Autozone Inc.
  • Michael Cook, IT Audit Manager for State Street Corp.
  • Khristi Ferguson, Director of Internal Audit for the Ministry of Finance, Bahamas
  • Teresina Fusco, Senior Internal Auditor for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Eric Gavel, Senior Internal Auditor for Raytheon Co.
  • Matt Harrell, Senior Auditor for Autozone Inc.
  • Katie Houston, Supervising Senior Auditor for City of Austin, Texas​
  • ​Stella Hu, Vice President/Principal Auditor for Corporate Banking and Securities for Deutsche Bank AG
  • Alexandra Kirsanova, Head of Internal Audit and Control for ERGO Russia
  • Brian Kistler, Senior Staff for Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Jade Lee, Manager, Audit Services for Precision Drilling Corp.
  • Michael Levy, Senior Consultant for Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Seth Peterson, Internal Audit Manager for Metabank
  • Sarah Purkeypile, Audit Senior Consultant for Comcast Corp.
  • Nathen Simon, Internal Auditor for Government of Canada
  • Brandon Tanous, Senior Internal Auditor for Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Hui Jing Teo, Internal Audit Lead for Hewlett-Packard

These young auditors never seem to stop — to stop learning, to stop growing as internal auditors, or to stop giving back to the profession through work in their communities and in their local IIA chapters. “They are well-rounded, informed go-getters poised to take the profession to the new heights,” says Millage. “The future looks bright for internal auditing.” 

Read the full article in Ia magazine.

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 180,000 members from 190 countries by providing professional development, guidance, and certification. For more information, visit

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Internal Auditor is the world's leading publication covering the internal audit profession. The award-winning bimonthly print magazine shares timely, indispensable information for professionals who want to keep pace with the diverse, dynamic field of internal auditing. For more information, visit