ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL -- (Marketwire) -- 03/18/13 -- 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.
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