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IFAC Appoints Alta Prinsloo Director of Operations
Alta Prinsloo, CA (SA), has been named Director of Operations of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the global organization for the accountancy profession, effective January 1, 2009. Ms. Prinsloo is currently Deputy Director of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB), an independent standard-setting board under the auspices of IFAC. She joined the organization as an IAASB Senior Technical Manager in September 2002.
As Director of Operations, Ms. Prinsloo will oversee IFAC's planning, budgeting, and financial management and accounting processes, including supporting the activities of IFAC's Planning and Finance Committee and Audit Committee. She will direct the organization's day-to-day operations, play a key role in the strategic planning process, oversee its human resources and information technology activities, and manage preparations for IFAC Board and Council meetings.
"Alta's strong international experience, together with the leadership and management skills she has demonstrated with the IAASB, will be of great value to IFAC as she assumes the role of Director of Operations," states Ian Ball, IFAC Chief Executive Officer. "In that capacity, Alta will play a central role in the effective management and operations of a global organization with more than 150 member organizations worldwide."
Prior to joining IFAC, Ms. Prinsloo was Technical Director of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, an IFAC member body, where she managed the Technical Department and oversaw the convergence of South African accounting and auditing standards with international standards. She also served as a technical advisor to the South African member of the IAASB from January 2001 to March 2002.
Alta Prinsloo will assume the position later this year, after she has completed her obligations with respect to work on the IAASB Clarity project. She will take over from Stephen Walker, who has served as IFAC Director of Operations since September 2002 and will be returning to his home country of New Zealand.
"Stephen has played a very significant role in strengthening IFAC's strategic planning and finance functions and improving our organization's efficiency. We are grateful for his many contributions to IFAC, and we wish him all the best for the future," states Mr. Ball.
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 157 members and associates in 123 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry and commerce. Through its independent standard-setting boards, IFAC sets international standards on ethics, auditing and assurance, education, and public sector accounting. It also issues guidance to encourage high quality performance by professional accountants in business. For more information about IFAC, visit its website at www.ifac.org.