Anne-Marie Vitale to Lead Accountancy Education Board
Dec 10, 2018 | New York, New York | English
Anne-Marie Vitale has been appointed chair of the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB), effective January 1, 2019. Ms. Vitale is currently the IAESB deputy chair.
As chair, Ms. Vitale will lead the IAESB’s efforts in 2019 to complete top priority projects, including overseeing the exposure draft on proposed targeted revisions to the education standards addressing information and communications technologies and professional skepticism and related guidance.
Ms. Vitale will also continue her role as chair of the multi-stakeholder International Accountancy Education Transition Advisory Group that will inform the development and implementation of a future model for advancing global accountancy education. The future model will be agile, comprehensive and integrated, with a broader mandate than the IAESB, including a focus on future skills to remain relevant in an environment of rapid change.
Ms. Vitale succeeds Chris Austin as IAESB chair, who led the IAESB over the last four years with distinction. “Anne-Marie is an exemplary leader with extensive experience across accountancy. Her skills, experience and commitment to high-quality accountancy education make her an ideal selection as the IAESB’s next chair,” said Mr. Austin.
“At the heart of the accountancy profession is high-quality education,” said Ms. Vitale. “There is tremendous opportunity for the profession to lead in the rapidly changing business environment. Completion of the IAESB’s top priority projects combined with the future model will provide the foundation on which the accountancy profession can succeed by providing high-quality services.”
Ms. Vitale brings a wealth of expertise to her new role. Currently, she is a partner serving in PwC’s Office of the General Counsel in a forensic capacity. She was also the learning and development leader for the assurance practice, and has more than 25 years serving emerging private and multinational public companies across multiple business sectors providing advice on a wide variety of accounting and reporting matters.
About the IAESB
The IAESB develops education standards, guidance, and information papers for use by IFAC member organizations under a shared standard-setting process involving the Public Interest Oversight Board, which oversees the activities of the IAESB, and the IAESB Consultative Advisory Group, which provides public interest input into the development of the standards and guidance. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IAESB are facilitated by IFAC.
IFAC and the IAESB have developed a plan for a new path forward for global accountancy education and professional development. This plan will transition the IAESB to a future model that will be designed, as part of a broader mandate, to reinforce the importance, relevance and authority of the revised International Education Standards, which will continue to be the basis for a comprehensive and integrated approach to international accountancy education.
IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of more than 175 members and associates in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing almost 3 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.