September 2009

September 23, 2009

What Does It Take to Be a Highly Successful CAE?

Greetings from Canada, where I am attending the second annual Canadian Conference in Quebec City. I am impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of the profession here, and the conference has been packed with informative and timely sessions that address the challenges and opportunities facing internal auditors. The conference will close with an afternoon Canadian Audit Leaders Forum, and I have been asked to deliver some remarks to open the event. Among other topics, I plan to highlight for the audience what I view as the characteristics of a highly successful 21st century chief audit executive (CAE).​

Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to partner with, and assess the internal audit operations of, dozens of extraordinarily talented CAEs.…