Internal Auditor magazine recently announced their "Emerging Leaders" for 2016. The 15 candidates, all 30 years old or under, "share a passion for adapting to the rapidly evolving challenges faced by internal audit," per the publication.

“The 2016 Emerging Leaders class is as impressive a group as we have ever had,” stated Anne Millage, editor-in-chief of Internal Auditor magazine. “The caliber of their work, their passion for internal auditing, and their keen understanding that the profession must adapt gives me great comfort about the future.”

This year's class represents professionals across the U.S., Canada, and Uganda. Nine of the 15 candidates are women, and the average candidate age was 28.

  • Chris Eidd, 29, senior internal auditor - Builders FirstSource (Dallas, Texas)
  • Grace Sharpley, 27, internal audit manager - AutoZone (Memphis, Tenn.)
  • Jenny Wei, 29, manager, risk advisory - Deloitte (Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Jaimie Yang, 25, senior auditor - CEC Entertainment (Irving, Texas)
  • Roland Stautzenberger, 27, auditor - Farmers Insurance (Austin, Texas)
  • Kristine Tkachenko, 29, senior auditor, research compliance - University of Toronto
  • Ambrose Opolot, 29, risk and audit coordinator - Toyota Uganda (Kampala)
  • Matt Kozlowski, 29, senior manager - Protiviti (Houston, Texas)
  • Ann Gripentog, 28, internal audit manager -Station Casinos (Las Vegas, Nev.)
  • Erica Burnham, 28, internal audit supervisor - Raytheon Co. (Waltham, Mass.)
  • Ryan Singer, 27, business risk manager - Crowe Horwath (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Dariel Dato-on, 26, senior, risk - EY (Dallas, Texas)
  • Robin Brown, 30, lead consultant, risk advisory services - Dixon Hughes Goodman (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • Jamie White, 30, managing consultant, EHS performance and risk management - Trinity Consultants (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Kayla Brown, 26, senior internal auditor - Carter’s Inc. (Atlanta, Ga.)

For more on the 2016 Emerging Leaders, head to the IIA's site here.