Virginia ABC Internal Audit Director John Wszelaki was elected Sunday to the role of Senior Vice Chair, North America for the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), a professional organization that sets standards for the internal audit profession around the globe.
Wszelaki most recently served IIA for two years as Vice Chair of Finance, N.A., and as a North American board member. In the past, he has held positions from local chapter president to district representative to chapter relations committee chairman, overseeing 159 chapters and 73,000 members in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
“Volunteerism has introduced me to people all around the world,” said Wszelaki. “It’s been rewarding to give back through the years and lead change by engaging younger professionals and working to expand leadership diversity to better reflect our membership,” he said.
Headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida, IIA has 180,000 members in 119 countries worldwide. The national organization serves its members, from Fortune 10 companies to government agencies around the world, by promoting research, disseminating resources and offering consultation that enhances the effectiveness of the profession. Internal audit is defined as an independent, objective consulting activity designed to improve an organization’s operations.
Wszelaki started as Virginia ABC’s internal audit director in 1999. Prior to that, he had global audit responsibilities for American Greetings Corporation for 23 years. He is a certified internal auditor, a certified fraud examiner, and holds a B.A. in criminal justice studies and a master’s degree in public administration from Kent State University.
Virginia ABC sets the standard as one of the most efficient and profitable state-operated alcoholic beverage control systems in the nation. With gross sales of $734 million in fiscal year 2012, Virginia ABC marked its 14th consecutive record-breaking year for sales and profit transfers. During that period, the agency sent $360 million in total contributions to Virginia’s General Fund, and has contributed $1.7 billion to the General Fund in the last five years. Virginia ABC currently operates 342 retail stores and enforces the laws of the commonwealth through its enforcement division of 133 sworn agents.
ABC Internal Audit Director Assumes International Leadership Role