Richard F. Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA, is president and CEO of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the global professional association and standard-setting body for internal auditors. The IIA serves more than 180,000 members in over 170 countries and territories and is the internal audit profession’s most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications.
Chambers has more than four decades of internal audit and related experience. Since becoming president and CEO in 2009, Chambers has led The IIA to record membership and the launch of a number of valuable initiatives, including the Audit Executive Center; Pulse of Internal Audit; AuditChannel.tv; Internal Auditor Online; the Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA); the Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL); The IIA Risk Resource Exchange; the American Center for Government Auditing (ACGA); and the Financial Services Audit Center.
Previously, Chambers was national practice leader in Internal Audit Advisory Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers and vice president of The IIA’s Learning Center. He spent the majority of his early career in public sector auditing, including serving as inspector general of the Tennessee Valley Authority; deputy inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service; and director of the U.S. Army Worldwide Internal Review Organization at the Pentagon.
Chambers serves concurrently on the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) Board of Directors; the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC); and The IIA Board of Directors. He served on the U.S. President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency; the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Blue Ribbon Committee for Audit Effectiveness; the Audit Board of the City of Orlando, Fla.; The IIA Internal Audit Standards Board; and The IIA North American Board.
Chambers authored the award-winning book Lessons Learned on the Audit Trail. Accounting Today named him one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting in 2012, 2013, and 2014, as well as one of 10 tweeters worth following. The NACD named Chambers one of the most influential leaders in corporate governance in 2013 and 2014. He is a recipient of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Frank Greathouse Distinguished Leadership Award and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Legacy Award.