Global Chairman's Message
Serving as chairman of the Global Board is a highlight of my career. During my term, I visited 19 countries, 17 chapters, and spoke to 20,000 internal auditors, regulators, and other stakeholders. I shared my passion for our profession and explained the unique value we bring to our organizations. Around the world, I invited internal auditors to share my message to “Invest in Yourself” with at least five others, so that, through the multiplier effect, up to 100,000 individuals could have a greater awareness and appreciation for why our work really matters.
My theme was built on the message of prior chairmen by personalizing how we become indispensable to our organizations — a strategic goal of The IIA. The speed of change in business, technology, and world economies requires that we substantially expand our key competencies. It is not enough for internal auditors to spend the current average of only 40 hours a year toward professional development. We must take responsibility for our own growth, and we must act immediately.
During my time as chairman, I spoke of the imperative to audit at the speed of risk; how surveys show we are falling short of rising stakeholder expectations; the importance of branding for individuals, departments, and the profession; and the significance of developing personal strategic plans. These are critical areas for improvement.
“When we invest in ourselves, we help organizations succeed in achieving their goals.”
I also discussed how to leverage IIA membership by regularly visiting our websites to review white papers, reports, and books on emerging issues; and to explore centers of excellence for chief audit executives and specialty groups. We must invest our time in reading materials about practicing our profession that will keep our knowledge current and relevant.
I extend my best wishes to the incoming Global Chairman of the Board, Angela Witzany, and I thank our global staff and the many volunteers for their dedication to our profession and for their support during my visits. I am proud to be an internal auditor, and I want everyone to know we are indispensable to our organizations. When we invest in ourselves, we help organizations succeed in achieving their goals.
Lawrence J. Harrington, CIA, QIAL, CRMA Chairman of the Global Board, 2015–2016