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​IIA Announces 2015-2016 Global Board of Directors
New slate of executive leaders approved at annual business meeting in Vancouver

VANCOUVER (9 July 2015) — The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) announced today the election of Lawrence J. Harrington, CIA, QIAL, CRMA, chief audit executive of Raytheon Company, as chairman of the organization’s 2015-2016 Global Board of Directors.

The election of Harrington and the entire Global Board was held at The IIA’s annual business meeting following the organization’s 74th International Conference in Vancouver, B.C.

The IIA is the largest organization representing the interests of the profession and provides ethical and professional guidance, continuing education, and certifications to more than 180,000 members worldwide.

“Larry is among the most inspiring and passionate leaders in internal auditing, and I know the profession will benefit from his energy and drive during his term as global chairman,” said IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA.

Harrington said he plans to use his term as chairman to urge internal auditors worldwide to invest in themselves in ways that develop their skills as internal auditors.

“I am so excited to lead this amazing organization and be an advocate for internal auditors expanding their skills and igniting their passions,” said Harrington. “Professional development – investing in oneself – is one of the best ways internal auditors can help the profession.”

Practitioners can improve their professional skills and opportunities and better serve their organizations and stakeholders by adding professional certifications, attending conferences and workshops, and learning more about the business functions they audit, Harrington added.

Prior to joining Raytheon in 2004, Harrington led the internal audit function for several Fortune 100 companies, where he also served in other areas, including finance, human resources, and operations.

Committed to corporate diversity, Harrington has been a member of Raytheon’s Executive Diversity Leadership Team since 2010, guiding the company’s strategy to advance its culture of diversity and inclusion.

Over the last 25 years, Harrington has held numerous leadership roles with The IIA. A member of the Global Board of Directors since 2009, he has served as senior vice chairman of the Board, and as vice chairman of both the Professional Guidance and the Global Services Committees. He is also past chairman of the North American Board of Directors and the Professional Issues Committee, and past president of The IIA’s Greater Boston Chapter.

Other officers elected to The IIA’s Global Board:

Senior Vice Chairman

Angela Witzany, CIA, QIAL, CRMA, is head of internal audit at Sparkassen Versicherung AG in Vienna, Austria.

Vice Chairman – Professional Certifications

Harold C. Silverman, CIA, QIAL, CRMA, is vice president of internal audit of The Wendy’s Co. in Dublin, Ohio.

Vice Chairman – Professional Guidance

Naohiro Mouri, CIA, is chief auditor of AIG Japan in Tokyo.

Vice Chairman – Global Services

J. Michael Peppers, CIA, QIAL, CRMA, is chief audit executive for the University of Texas System in Austin, Texas.

Vice Chairman – Research

Frank M. O’Brien, CIA, QIAL, is vice president of internal audit, business ethics, and integrity at Olin Corp. in East Alton, Ill.

Vice Chairman – Finance/Treasurer

Sarah Kaye Blackburn, CRMA, QIAL, CMIIA, is internal audit development consultant at The Wayside Network Limited in Somerset, England.


Renato Triscuizzi, CIA, QIAL, CCSA, CRMA, corporate audit director at Walmart in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Past Chairmen

Immediate Past Chairman of the Board, Anton van Wyk, CIA, QIAL, CRMA, and Past IIA Global Board Chairman Paul J. Sobel, CIA, QIAL, CRMA, will also serve on The IIA’s Executive Committee.

“The talented and dedicated professionals on our volunteer board drive The IIA’s important work that serves the needs of our members and the profession,” Chambers said. “I am grateful to the global board members for their commitment and guidance, and I know we will have many exciting successes under their leadership over the next year.”