The Institute of Internal Auditors has elected Naohiro Mouri, executive vice president and chief auditor of American International Group, as chairman of the IIA’s 2018-19 Global Board of Directors and named other members of the board. The election occurred at the IIA’s Annual Business Meeting after its 2018 International Conference in Dubai.

Before joining AIG, Mouri was statutory executive officer, senior vice president and chief auditor at MetLife Alico Insurance K.K. Japan. He also led audit departments at J.P. Morgan Asia Pacific; Shinsei Bank; Morgan Stanley Japan; and Deutsche Bank Japan. He started his career at Arthur Andersen in Atlanta and Tokyo.

“I am delighted about Naohiro Mouri’s appointment as the IIA’s new global chairman,” said IIA president and CEO Richard Chambers in a statement. “He is a seasoned professional and an instrumental, longtime IIA volunteer who I know will bring strong direction and leadership to this role. With a distinguished career in internal auditing, he has made significant contributions to the profession and we are honored that he has taken on this important position.”

As his chairman’s year theme, Mouri is using “Emphasize the Basics. Elevate the Standards.” He plans to remind internal auditors that conformance to the IIA’s standards is essential to the entire internal audit profession.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as The IIA’s global chairman,” Mouri said in a statement. “Because I truly love the profession, I want to stress the importance of going back to the very basics. That means understanding how important the Standards are for becoming the trusted advisors we aspire to be. If each of us strives to elevate the Standards in our daily practice, then together we can raise the profession to new heights.”

Members of the IIA’s 2018-2019 executive committee include:

Chairman

Naohiro Mouri, CIA, CPA, executive vice president & chief auditor, American International Group, Japan

Senior vice chairman

J. Michael Joyce Jr., CIA, CRMA, vice president, chief auditor & compliance officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, USA

Vice chairman – finance

Charles T. Wright, CIA, director, enterprise risk solutions, BKD, LLP, USA

Vice chairman – global services

Karem Toufic Obeid, CIA, CCSA, CRMA, chief audit executive, Tawazun Economic Council, United Arab Emirates

Vice chairman – professional certifications

Jenitha John, CIA, QIAL, chief audit executive, FirstRand Bank, South Africa

Vice chairman – professional guidance

Shannon J. Urban, CIA, CRMA, executive director, EY, USA

Vice chairman – professional practices

John Bendermacher, CIA, director group audit, ABN AMRO, Netherlands

Vice chairman – research

Michael J. Fucilli, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CRMA, auditor general, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, USA

Immediate past chairman of the board

J. Michael Peppers, CIA, QIAL, CRMA, chief audit executive, University of Texas System, USA

Past chairman of the board

Angela Witzany, CIA, QIAL, CRMA, head of internal audit, Sparkassen Versicherung AG, Austria

A complete list of the 2018-19 global board of directors can be found here.

The IIA’s North American board of directors also was recently elected, with Karen Brady, vice president and chief compliance officer at Baptist Health South Florida, named as chairman. The full slate of North American board members is here.

Institute of Internal Auditors headquarters in Florida
Institute of Internal Auditors headquarters in Florida Courtesy of the IIA

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