The AICPA announced that Olivia Kirtley has been elected to a two-year term as president of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). Kirtley, who succeeds Warren Allen, is the first female president in IFAC history, as well as the first representative from the business community to serve in that position.
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. It is comprised of 179 members and associates in 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry and commerce.
“Olivia has brought to IFAC the same qualities that made her tenure as AICPA chair so successful,” says Barry Melancon, president and CEO of the AICPA. “Her experience in corporate finance and management accounting, extensive public board leadership and earlier work in public practice combine for proven leadership in today’s complex global business environment.”