SOURCE: The Institute of Internal Auditors

The Institute of Internal Auditors

March 18, 2013 16:41 ET

Eight Exemplary Internal Auditors Chosen for Honor

2013 American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners Inductees Announced

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL--(Marketwire - Mar 18, 2013) - The North American Board of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is pleased to announce the names of the 2013 inductees to the American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners. This prestigious honor is awarded to American practitioners who have demonstrated their leadership on a national level and have made significant contributions to the evolution of the internal audit profession over the course of their careers. To be considered for the honor, an internal auditor must exemplify high ethical conduct, integrity, moral character, service, and leadership.

"We are extremely proud of the example that these IIA members in North America have set for internal audit professionalism, expertise, and leadership," said IIA North American Board Chairman J. Michael Peppers, CIA, CRMA. "They have carved out a path to excellence and skillfully used their influence to shape the landscape we practice in today."

The 2013 honorees are:

  • William G. Bishop, III, CIA - Posthumous historical inductee
  • Mortimer Dittenhofer, CIA - Emeritus inductee
  • Robert B. Hirth, Jr., CIA - Practitioner
  • Joel Kramer, CIA - Practitioner
  • Patricia Miller, CIA - Practitioner
  • Basil Pflumm, CIA - Emeritus inductee
  • Anthony J. Ridley, CIA - Emeritus inductee
  • Roderick M. Winters, CIA - Practitioner

Serving as IIA president from 1992 until his untimely passing in 2004, Bill Bishop is still remembered for his mantra, "I'm proud to be an internal auditor!" Bishop became active in The IIA in 1982. During his tenure as IIA President, membership in the organization doubled and the number of individual becoming certified quadrupled. He is one of only four recipients of The IIA's Lifetime Achievement Award. His work experience included serving as manager of European auditing at Ford Motor Co., general auditor for American Express, and general auditor at Shearson Lehman Bros. He was known internationally for his passion for and leadership of the global internal audit profession. Bishop served as a founding member of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO), and testified before such key organizations as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Public Oversight Board of the American Institute of CPAs. He served on the National Association of Corporate Director's Blue Ribbon Commission on Audit Committees, and testified before the SEC's Blue Ribbon Committee on Improving the Effectiveness of Audit Committees. In his name and honor, The IIA Research Foundation established the Bill Bishop Memorial Fund, which makes The IIA's Common Body of Knowledge (CBOK) study possible.

A member of The IIA since 1969, Mort Dittenhofer is a former government accountant turned educator. He served on the staff at the U.S. General Accounting Office (now referred to the Government Accountability Office, or GAO) where he directed the development and implementation of the government audit standards. After retiring from the GAO and from the army as a full colonel, Dittenhofer taught accounting and auditing at Georgetown University for seven years and at Florida International University for 15. He also authored a number of important books on government auditing, ethics, and internal auditing. Dittenhofer received numerous accolades over the years, including the GAO's Meritorious Service Award, The IIA's prestigious Cadmus Award and Leon Radde Educator of the Year Award, and Lifetime Achievement awards from The IIA, the Association of Government Accountants, and the American Accounting Association.

Senior Managing Director of global internal auditing at Protiviti, Bob Hirth is a thought leader on the development of audit approaches for IT governance, ethics, fraud risk management, data analytics, and quality assessment reviews. Hirth was instrumental in founding the global internal audit, risk and business consulting firm in 2002. A popular speaker and prolific writer of leading-edge articles on such topics as Sarbanes-Oxley, internal control, risk, compliance, and the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, Hirth has been active in the internal audit profession for more than two decades. He has generously served as an IIA volunteer at various levels including serving on The IIA Research Foundation's board, and is currently serving a two-year term on the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's Standing Advisory Group.

For more than three decades, Joel Kramer has been a driving force behind internal audit education. Responsible for developing internal audit curriculum at the MIS Training Institute since 1982, Kramer's dedication to providing educational opportunities for practitioners has earned him a reputation as a resourceful visionary who advances the internal audit profession through addressing today's critical issues and best practices. Kramer serves on the Louisiana State University Center for Internal Auditing Advisory Board, and is a sought-after speaker on internal auditing for global, national, and regional audiences all around the world. Prior to his work at the MIS Training Institute, he worked at Instrumentation Laboratory, Gillette Co., and Coopers & Lybrand.

Actively involved in The IIA on all levels for more than 20 years, Patty Miller has always been an exemplary advocate for the profession. Miller has served The IIA in numerous volunteer leadership capacities including serving on the North American Board, the global Board of Directors, the International Internal Audit Standards Board, and the Board of Regents, and has participated in several task forces. She is currently an active member of The IIA's North American Board and Global Advocacy Committee, and is Chairman-elect for the International Internal Audit Standards Board. While serving as The IIA's 2008-2009 chairman of the board, she spoke frequently about the importance of internal auditors moving from being simply recognized to being trusted, and ultimately valued, using these three concepts as her theme during her chairman term. She is a regular contributor to Internal Auditor magazine, and recently co-authored a research project sponsored by the IIA Research Foundation about the insight internal auditing provides to stakeholders. She has visited numerous countries representing The Institute and the profession, and has played a critical role in advancing The IIA's strategic plan forward. In 2011, Miller retired as a Partner from Deloitte & Touche after 17 years of service.

After serving as a brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force, and deputy auditor general and commander of the air force audit agency in Washington, DC, Basil Pflumm worked at IIA Global Headquarters from 1990 until he retired in 2003. He was instrumental in developing the first Global Forum and in adding Gaming and Financial Services to The IIA's industry-specific memberships. Pflumm also helped launch two IIA certification programs, as well as the initial CBOK study; and devoted countless hours to the Guidance Task Force and The IIA Research Foundation. Pflumm received the Comptroller of the Air Force Outstanding Officer Audit Award in 1976 and was the 1977 recipient of the American Society of Military Comptrollers Outstanding Performance in Auditing Award. He became a member of The IIA in 1979.

After 40 years of service to Ford Motor Company, Tony Ridley retired in 1998 from his position as general auditor. A long-time advocate for the profession and active IIA volunteer leader, he served as The IIA's 1996-1997 chairman of the board. Ridley's lasting impact on the profession has been well documented, as he was singled out for both the Victor Brink Award for Distinguished service and the prestigious Bradford Cadmus Award from The IIA. Having served in almost every volunteer leadership role within The IIA, Ridley was instrumental in helping the business arena understand the important role internal auditing plays in governance and chaired The IIA's Guidance Task Force, which resulted in what is now known all around the world as the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF).

Prior to retiring as Microsoft Corporation's general auditor, Rod Winters had more than 30 years of professional work in the business arena. His internal audit function was widely viewed as an innovative leader in leveraging technology and employee empowerment to optimize audit productivity, impact, and value contribution. He capitalized on this approach throughout his term as The IIA's 2009-2010 chairman, by having "Achieve Our Potential" as his theme during his chairman term. Winters' other volunteer leadership roles with The IIA include senior vice chairman of the Board, vice chairman of the Board for Research and president of The IIA Research Foundation (IIARF), chairman of the global nominating committee, and chairman of the Internal Auditing Academic Advancement Fund.

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