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​​​IIA Announces Distinguished Practitioners

Doug Anderson, Theresa Grafenstine, Mike Peppers Recognized

LAKE MARY, Fla. (March 11, 2019) – The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) announced today the 2019 recipients of the prestigious American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners, recognizing individuals in the field of internal auditing who have contributed significantly to the profession throughout their lifetime.

In a ceremony held at The IIA’s 2019 General Audit Management (GAM) Conference in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, the organization honored Doug Anderson, Theresa Grafenstine, and J. Michael Peppers.

“This is the highest honor given by The IIA’s North American board for the accomplishments and contributions made by individuals to advance the internal audit profession,” said Karen Brady, North American Chair. “This year’s three inductees exemplify the finest values of practitioners, truly representing the scope of internal audit’s service, value, and impact. Doug, Terry and Mike join an esteemed group of inductees who exhibit the highest ethical conduct, integrity, service, and leadership.”

The winners of the 2019 American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners:

  • Doug Anderson, CIA, CRMA, has extensive experience in governance, risk management, and control. He has held a variety of roles, including as internal and external auditor, business finance director, university professor, and author of a number of IIA Audit Executive Center and other IIA publications. A longtime volunteer with the IIA, Anderson served on the global board of directors 2010-13 and as vice chair of professional guidance 2011-13. Most recently, he was part of the IIA’s staff at global headquarters in Lake Mary, Fla., where he served as managing director of Chief Audit Executive (CAE) Solutions.

    Previously, Anderson was global finance director for Dow Chemical Co. and senior audit manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Anderson has served in many other important capacities, as well. He played a key role on an advisory council to the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) for the update of its Enterprise Risk Management Framework, which was issued in 2017. And, he was a member of the PCAOB’s standing advisory group.

  • Theresa Grafenstine has more than 25 years of experience in executive leadership, including in international cybersecurity audit. Grafenstine speaks globally on cyber issues, as well as on internal audit, leadership, and other risks. She is currently a managing director in Deloitte’s risk and financial advisory practice, delivering IT audit, risk, and governance advisory services to senior leaders in both the public and private sectors. Before joining Deloitte, she served for eight years as inspector general of the U.S. House of Representatives, where she designed, managed, and delivered audit and investigative services.

    Through her various leadership roles, including serving as one of the original advisors to the IIA’s Public Sector Audit Center, Grafenstine has advanced the IT, governance, internal auditing, and accounting professions.

  • Mike Peppers, who served as The IIA’s 2017-18 Global Chairman, is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL). Reflecting a lifelong commitment to serving the profession, Peppers has held numerous volunteer board and leadership positions during a career spanning more than 30 years.

    Peppers has led progressive internal audit activities at major not-for-profit organizations in higher education and health care, and is currently the chief audit executive for the University of Texas System, one of the largest public university systems in the United States. His additional volunteer roles with The IIA include serving on the North American Board 2010-14, and as its chair 2012-13. He also was on the International Internal Audit Standards Board 2006-10. Peppers is a distinguished faculty member in The IIA’s volunteer faculty program.

For more information about the American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners, including details on past recipients, click here.


Media contact:
John Babinchak

About The Institute of Internal Auditors
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is the internal audit profession’s most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications. Established in 1941, The IIA today serves more than 190,000 members from more than 170 countries and territories. The IIA’s global headquarters are in Lake Mary, Fla. For more information, visit