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IFAC Initiates CEO Search

Oct 25, 2017 | New York, New York | English

The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the global organization for the accountancy profession with members and associates in more than 130 countries, is seeking an outstanding individual to become its next Chief Executive Officer. The successful candidate will join IFAC in late 2018 to allow for an orderly transition and will succeed current CEO Fayezul Choudhury when he steps down on December 31, 2018.

The successful candidate for the CEO role must have a keen interest in and deep personal commitment to IFAC’s mission: to serve the public interest by promoting the value of professional accountants worldwide; speaking out on public interest issues where the accountancy profession’s expertise is most relevant; developing strong professional accountancy organizations and accounting firms; and supporting the development, adoption and implementation of high-quality international standards.

The IFAC CEO must also exhibit superior leadership, management skills, a proclivity for strategic thinking, diplomatic and ethical behavior in both personal and professional life, and a future-focused attitude that will continue to drive IFAC’s strategy.

The CEO is expected to provide leadership in identifying and formulating policy positions on important issues impacting the global accountancy profession as well as critical public interest issues and will conduct outreach to build consensus on significant matters. The CEO works in close cooperation with IFAC’s volunteer leadership to support the organization’s mission and is responsible to the IFAC Board.

The international executive search firm Korn Ferry has been retained for the search and is partnering with IFAC to actively engage IFAC member organizations, the accountancy community, and other stakeholders in the recruitment process, encouraging a diverse and international applicant base. IFAC is initiating the recruitment process now to allow time for a comprehensive search and seamless transition.

Interested candidates should contact Korn Ferry Senior Client Partner Chuck Eldridge at or Association Sector Leader Lorraine Lavet at For reference, the profile for the IFAC CEO can be found here.

About IFAC
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.