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CAE Career Paths: Characteristics and Competencies of Today’s Internal Audit Leaders
Written By: Venkataraman Iyer, Ph.D., CPA

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CAE Career Paths: Characteristics and Competencies of Today’s Internal Audit Leaders As the leader of the internal audit function, the chief audit executive (CAE) is responsible for its effective and efficient management. Although these traditional adviser responsibilities are still the CAE’s primary priorities, the role is increasingly being called on to provide the services of a business partner or consultant.

This expanded sphere of responsibility requires the CAE to acquire and augment certain soft skills in addition to the technical audit skills that are needed to perform the traditional CAE role.

The report discusses those soft skills by relaying insights gathered through interviews with CAEs from around the world. These leaders share the characteristics and skills they believe are must-haves for aspiring CAEs.

Findings are based on the CBOK 2015 Global Internal Audit Practitioner Survey, the largest ongoing survey of internal auditors in the world.


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This research report is made possible through a sponsorship from:

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