“The opportunity to serve as The IIA’s Global Board Chairman is a tremendous honor,” said Ybarra. “I’m looking forward to ensuring each of our members feels connected to both our profession and The IIA. That feeling of connection is so important to fulfilling the promise of One IIA and tapping into the power of our diverse membership. I want each member, no matter where they live or where they are in their career, to understand they have a place in The IIA and know that we’re working every day to advance their profession and ensure organizations understand the ever-increasing value internal auditors add. The IIA has an exciting vision for the future that includes elevating the organization and profession’s influence, and impact, and I’m looking forward to being part of bringing that vision to life.”
“Benito has tremendous experience in both the public and private sector and has contributed so much to our profession throughout his career,” said Anthony Pugliese, CIA, CPA, CGMA, CITP, president and CEO of The IIA. “His energy and charisma give him the ability to inspire and bring people together in a really remarkable way. His vision and commitment to One IIA are going to help drive us forward as an organization and a profession. Benito will be a tremendous ambassador for The IIA and the global internal audit profession.”
The 2022 IIA International Conference was attended by more than 2,200 professionals from over 100 countries.
Attendees included internal audit practitioners, educators, public administrators, risk managers, compliance professionals, manufacturers, and others representing varying levels of government, the private sector, commerce, and industry. The agenda included focus areas like compliance, risk, fraud, and governance, timely business issues like environmental and social issues, diversity and inclusion, cybersecurity, and emerging topics like artificial intelligence and data analytics, all of which are important issues within the internal auditor’s scope.