Ken Vander Wal, of Chicago, Elected International President of ISACA

Taken from BlogRolling Meadows, Illinois, USA (27 June 2011)—Ken Vander Wal, CISA, CPA, national partner (retired) at Ernst & Young (IL, USA), was elected international president of ISACA—a global association serving 95,000 IT governance, assurance and security professionals in 160 countries—at its World Congress:  INSIGHTS 2011 conference in Washington DC, USA, today.


Founded in 1969, ISACA develops international standards for information systems auditing and control, provides education and training, and administers the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) designations. Additionally, ISACA developed and continually updates COBIT, the internationally accepted framework for governance of enterprise IT.


“Ken is a long-time ISACA volunteer whose dedication has been a real asset to the association,” said Emil D’Angelo, CISA, CISM, immediate past president of ISACA. “His talents and experience will be of great benefit to ISACA’s members worldwide as he guides ISACA’s future direction.” 


At Ernst & Young, Vander Wal was responsible for the firm’s global IT quality and risk management program. With more than 40 years of IT experience, he has worked in multiple areas of information systems in a variety of industries, including IT auditing, systems security, quality assurance, systems development, systems programming, and project management. Before joining Ernst & Young in 1979, Vander Wal worked at the Pentagon, where he developed systems to support the Department of Army staff, and for a computer software company in a systems technical support role.


Vander Wal is also president of the IT Governance Institute (ITGI) Board of Trustees and a member of ISACA’s Strategic Advisory Council and Governance Advisory Council. He has also served on ISACA’s Guidance and Practices Committee, Knowledge Board, and Professional Issues Task Force. He is a coauthor of IT Control Objectives for Sarbanes-Oxley, 2nd Edition, published by ITGI.


“ISACA has continued to grow and strengthen in challenging times, through sound execution of its strategy and a strong focus on increasing support to its global membership,” said Vander Wal. “I am both humbled and honored to serve as president of such an outstanding association.”


In addition to Vander Wal, six other IT professionals were elected to ISACA leadership positions. Elected as international vice presidents were Christos Dimitriadis, CISA, CISM, head of information security at INTRALOT S.A. (Greece); Greg Grocholski, CISA, corporate auditor at The Dow Chemical Company (USA); Tony Hayes, CGEIT, AFCHSE, CHE, FACS, FCPA, FIIA, associate director-general of the Department of Communities in the Queensland Government (Australia); Niraj Kapasi, CISA, FCA, IT auditor and director for Kapasi Bangad Tech Consulting Pvt. Ltd. (India);  Jeff Spivey, CRISC, CPP, PSP, director of Security Risk Management Inc. (SRM) (USA); and Jo Stewart-Rattray, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, director of information security at RSM Bird Cameron (Australia).

Two directors were appointed to ISACA’s board:  Allan Boardman, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, CA (SA), CISSP, information risk manager at a leading investment bank (United Kingdom), and Marc Vael, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CISSP, chief audit executive at Smals (Belgium).


Photos and biographies of all board members are available at