Six internal audit leaders from business, academia, and professional associations make up the 2015 class of the American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners, The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) announced today. The newest inductees were honored before more than 1,200 attendees at The IIA’s General Audit Management (GAM) Conference at the Aria Resort and Casino.
The honor, established in 2011, annually recognizes individuals who contributed significantly to the profession throughout their careers. It is the highest honor given by The IIA’s North American Board for personal accomplishments in the advancement of the profession.
To be considered, professionals must not only provide diligent service to their organizations, but advance the profession through thought leadership, presentations at conferences or seminars, or service to The IIA in leadership roles. Inductees also must have served as leaders in the internal audit profession for at least 10 years and exemplify highly ethical conduct, integrity, moral character, and service.
The 2015 inductees to the American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners are:
Denny Beran — (Emeritus) A longtime chief audit executive for J.C. Penney Co. and tireless volunteer for The IIA, Beran is a role model for a generation of practitioners through his work ethic, character, principles, and generosity. Beran also has held a long list of local and international positions with The IIA, serving twice on the Executive Committee, including as IIA Global Board chairman in 2011-2012. He is a member of the inaugural class of Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification recipients in 1974, chaired the 2008 Value Proposition Task Force, and was instrumental in the development of IIA-India. Beran retired as senior vice president and chief audit executive after nearly 40 years at J.C. Penney.
Howard Johnson — (Emeritus) Another alumnus of J.C. Penney, Johnson preceded Beran as senior vice chief audit executive at the storied retailer. A longtime member and past president of IIA-Dallas, Johnson served as IIA Global chairman in 1999-2000. During his tenure, the definition of internal auditing was rewritten to its current version, reflecting changes in the profession and guiding internal auditors toward a larger, more influential role in their organizations. The Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA) was established and work began on the Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP) examination also occurred during his chairman’s term. Johnson received The IIA’s Victor Z. Brink Award for distinguished service in 2002. He also served on the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (PCAOB) Standing Advisory Board.
Bob Rudloff — (Practitioner) As senior vice president of internal audit for MGM Resorts in Las Vegas, Rudloff is on the cutting edge of internal auditing in the gaming industry. A 28-year veteran of the profession, he is responsible for directing the internal audit program for all MGM-owned and -operated properties. Previously, Rudloff was director of internal audit services for PwC. Rudloff has served in numerous leadership positions at The IIA over 20 years, including vice chairman of the board, chairman of The IIA’s 2003 International Conference, current chairman of The IIA’s Professional Development Committee, and member of The IIA’s Gaming Audit Group Advisory Board. A frequent speaker on fraud and gaming industry topics, Rudloff is an adjunct instructor of accounting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an adjunct instructor of business, accounting, and auditing at Richard Stockton College and Atlantic Cape Community College, both in New Jersey.
Alan Siegfried — (Practitioner) As a former chairman of The IIA’s North American Board and its Exam Development Committee, Siegfried has a strong connection in leading educational efforts for the profession. He currently teaches masters-level internal audit classes at the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, where he was instrumental in creating the Masters in Internal Audit program. A former Big 4 accounting firm partner, Siegfried recently completed a five-year term as auditor general of the Inter-American Development Bank. He currently chairs the audit and compliance committee for Bon Secours Health System in Baltimore. Siegfried is a longtime member of IIA-Baltimore, where he currently serves on the board.
Archie McGee — (Posthumous) McGee led The IIA as chief staff officer 1962-1971, overseeing a period of strong membership growth. Despite turbulent times in American society, he helped the organization grow and prosper, setting the groundwork for launch of the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, The IIA’s professional certification programs, and other key milestones.
Stan Gross — (Posthumous) Serving during a particularly challenging time in The IIA’s history, Gross helped place the organization on a path to growth and success during his tenure as chief executive officer 1980-1985. He recruited and retained top talent that allowed for membership stability at The IIA. Under his leadership, The IIA’s International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing was adopted, the CIA exam was established, the Quality Assurance Review manual was published, and membership grew by more than 28,000. A former corporate director of internal audit at Sherwin-Williams Co., Gross was an active volunteer with The IIA before joining the staff, serving as the IIA Global chairman in 1976–77. He received the Bradford Cadmus Memorial Award in 1987.