Olivia Kirtley has been appointed deputy president of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and is the first female to hold the position in its history.
As deputy president, Kirtley will become chair of the Planning and Finance Committee; IFAC Board’s Constitution Review Working Group; and serve as a member of the Nominating Committee and the IFAC Regulatory Liaison Group.
Kirtley has been a member of the IFAC Board since November 2007 and also served on the independent IFAC Task Force on Rebuilding Public Confidence in Financial Reporting in 2002 and 2003.
Kirtley also currently serves as a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) governing council, having been elected chairman of the board of directors in 1998. In 2003, she also won a gold medal in recognition of her exemplary leadership and service to the accountancy profession.
"There are numerous issues facing the global business world. Olivia’s election as deputy president of the accountancy profession’s global body is important for both the business community and the profession," AICPA president and chief executive Barry Melancon said.
Kirtley succeeds Warren Allen, who was recently appointed IFAC president.