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IIA Leadership

IIA Leadership

Benito Ybarra

2022–23 IIA Chairman of the Board  

Benito Ybarra is the 2022–23 Chairman of the Global Board of Directors of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and past chair of The IIA’s North America Board. He joins a long line of successful and dedicated internal audit professionals from around the world who have served in this role.

His theme for his term is “One IIA – Building Trust Together.” The One IIA concept aspires to harness the power of internal audit professionals worldwide and recognize opportunities for collaboration and improvement.

Benito has made a firm commitment to working through geographic, cultural, and industry diversity, ensuring that all of our global members feel connected, understood, and supported — and that no matter their career position, location, or language, we all operate as One IIA.


Michael Levy


Michael Levy is the 2023–24 Chair of the North American Board of Directors of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and Vice President of Internal Audit for Student Transportation of America. He is a recipient of The IIA’s prestigious John B. Thurston award and coauthor of Sawyer’s Internal Auditing textbook. Michael has served in multiple  roles with The IIA, including chairing the publication advisory committee and as an officer with the Philadelphia chapter. 

Michael has extensive experience in developing risk-based audit programs and accounting policies and procedures, including process improvement, enterprise risk assessments, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, corporate reporting, acquisition due diligence, and the development and execution of business and technology audits. 

Anthony J. Pugliese


Anthony J. Pugliese is President and CEO of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the internal audit profession’s most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications. Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Pugliese has been a strategic, hands-on leader who has directed expansions into major global markets, pioneered innovative educational initiatives aimed at enhancing members’ professional growth, overseen the internal audit function of a major organization, and re-shaped cultural norms toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusiveness (DE&I). As CEO of The IIA, he drives the vision and management of a global professional association that represents more than 230,000 members, 164 chapters, and 115 affiliates in nearly 200 countries and territories. His focus is on enhancing membership services, creating new approaches to learning and competency development programs, global advocacy, and enhancing the value of internal audit, particularly in its role of addressing organizational risks and opportunities. He is helping both The IIA and the internal audit profession evolve for the future through projects to modernize professional standards and certifications. He spearheaded the groundbreaking “Internal Audit: Vision 2035 - Creating Our Future Together" project, which aims to identify what the internal audit profession will look like – and should look like – in 2035 and create a roadmap to help the profession achieve that vision.

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