The Institute of Internal Auditors has elected PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Anton van Wyk, a native of South Africa, as chairman of the IIA’s 2014-2015 Global Board of Directors.

Van Wyk is the first global chairman from Africa. His election and that of the entire global board was held at the IIA’s annual business meeting following the organization’s 73rd International Conference in London.

“Anton is a dynamic and enthusiastic leader in our profession, and I’m certain he will accomplish great things during his tenure as global chairman,” said IIA president and CEO Richard Chambers in a statement.

Van Wyk said he plans to use his term as chairman to urge internal auditors worldwide to be mindful of potential gaps between internal audit services and stakeholder expectations. New technologies, he said, are creating new opportunities as well as risks that could expand such gaps.

“As we rise to meet new challenges, we must focus on the opportunities that will help us overcome these obstacles,” said van Wyk. “We must focus on becoming better prepared, better informed, and fully engaged with stakeholders.”

Van Wyk, has 25 years of experience in corporate governance, risk management and internal audit. He currently is Africa Risk Assurance Services Leader and Partner with PwC in Johannesburg, South Africa, and leads the company’s Africa Central and Southern Africa Risk Assurance Services practice. He was a board member of PwC’s Africa Governance and South African Governance Board, and is a member of the company’s Business School Board.

Van Wyk also is a full member of the King Committee on Governance in South Africa and chairs its Internal Audit Task Force. He is also chairman of the South African Corporate Governance Network.
Van Wyk most recently was the IIA global board’s senior vice chairman and has served as vice chairman of professional practices and vice chairman of professional certifications. He was chairman of the IIA’s 2009 International Conference hosted by South Africa, and has served as president of IIA-South Africa.

Also elected to the IIA’s global board is senior vice chair Lawrence J. Harrington, who is vice president of internal audit at Raytheon in Waltham, Mass. As senior vice chair, Harrington will be responsible for working with vice chairmen to facilitate communication and coordination among IIA committees to drive the organization’s strategic activities. Harrington will oversee the Global Advocacy Committee, Global Ethics Committee, and Internal Auditing Academic Advancement Fund. He is poised to become IIA chairman of the board in 2015.

The new vice chair of professional certifications at the IIA is Harold C. Silverman, who is vice president of internal audit of the Wendy’s Co., Dublin, Ohio. As vice chair of professional certifications, Silverman will direct the strategies of the IIA’s certification programs. He will also oversee the Professional Certifications Board and the Exam Development Committee.

The IIA’s new vice chair of professional guidance is Angela Witzany, head of internal audit at Sparkassen Versicherung AG in Vienna, Austria. As vice chair of professional guidance, Witzany will oversee and coordinate the International Internal Audit Standards Board, the Professional Issues Committee, and the Public Sector Committee in developing guidance and issuing position papers on topics directly or indirectly affecting the internal audit profession.

As vice chair of global services, the IIA elected C. Renato Fontes Triscuizzi, chief audit executive at Invepar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As vice chair of global services, Triscuizzi will supervise and coordinate the global services committees to ensure the IIA provides the most relevant and comprehensive benefits possible to its membership. He will also oversee the Institute Relations Committee and the International Conference Committee.

The new vice chair of research at the IIA is Frank M. O’Brien, vice president of internal audit, business ethics and integrity at Olin Corp. in East Alton, Ill. As vice chair of research, O’Brien also will serve as the president of the IIA Research Foundation, providing strategic direction for research on the internal audit profession, and he will oversee the Research Foundation’s board of trustees and the Committee of Research and Education Advisors.

The new vice chair of finance and treasurer at the IIA is J. Michael Peppers, chief audit executive at the University of Texas System in Austin, Texas. As vice chairman of finance and treasurer, Peppers will oversee the establishment and maintenance of adequate controls for safeguarding the funds of the IIA and IIARF. He will also oversee the Global Finance Committee, as well as the Investment Committee.

As secretary, the IIA elected Charlotta Löfstrand Hjelm, chief audit executive at Svenska Kraftnät in Stockholm, Sweden. Löfstrand Hjelm will be responsible for notifying the IIA’s Board of Directors of meetings and informing members of the IIA about general membership meetings. In addition, she will be responsible for keeping records of all meetings and ensuring that both board and IIA members have ready access to all records.

Past IIA global board chairman Philip D. Tarling and immediate past chairman of the board Paul J. Sobel will also serve on the IIA’s Executive Committee.

Global board officers serve one-year terms at the IIA, while board members are elected for two-year terms.