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Sally-Anne Pitt


2023–24 IIA Chair of the Board  

Sally-Anne Pitt is the 2023–24 Chair of the Global Board of Directors of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and has been a Director on the Global Board for the past five years.

Sally-Anne established Pitt Group in 2003 to provide audit and assurance services to the public sector, civil society, and corporate organizations. She has 30 years of leadership experience in operational, service delivery, and consulting roles and is globally recognized as an expert in quality assurance.

She is the author of Internal Audit Quality: Developing a Quality Assurance and Improvement Program. She has helped more than 100 organizations in various countries build their audit and assurance capabilities, including BHP, Telstra, the Australian Department of Defence, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Toyota Finance, and Services Australia.


R. Michael Varney


R. Michael Varney is the 2024–25 Chair of the North American Board of Directors of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). He has served in multiple roles with The IIA, including chairing the audit committee on the North American Board and as a member of the Chapter Relations Committee and Finance and Investment Committee.

Michael is a Partner in Crowe’s consulting practice and has over 20 years of experience in financial and operational risk management. As a consultant, he is focused on supporting clients in the development and transformation of internal audit departments, and execution of specific operational audit activities.

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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