LAKE MARY, Fla. —The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the internal audit profession’s globally recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications, announced today the appointment of Heather Pownall, a certified association executive, strategic consultant, and facilitation expert, as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer.
Pownall will join The IIA in June and serve as a member of The IIA’s executive management team. Her responsibilities will include planning and implementing strategic goals that focus on effective and sustainable growth and member engagement. In addition, she will oversee key initiatives around culture, diversity, equity and inclusion, and innovation.
“I am excited to bring Heather on board because of her incredible vision and leadership, which will fuel The IIA’s strategic plans for enhancing internal auditor competencies and the membership experience, as well as advocating for the profession,” said IIA President and CEO Anthony J. Pugliese, CPA, CGMA, CITP. “Heather has deep experience within professional associations, especially around global business development and creating compelling communications, brand, and marketing strategies. She is passionate about her work and will bring energy and important skills to position our organization and the profession for the future.”
Pownall held a number of leadership positions at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA), including senior director of global business development and senior manager of portfolios and product management. More recently, she was a strategy consultant for ISC2, a leading cybersecurity professional membership association, and was chief development officer at the Association for Women in Science. Pownall, who is an American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Diversity Executive Leadership Scholar, earned an MBA from North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management and a bachelor’s in journalism/mass communications from the University of South Florida.