Julie Bell Lindsay

Executive Director

Julie Bell Lindsay is the Executive Director of the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ), a position she has held since May 2019.

The CAQ is dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets by fostering high-quality performance by public company auditors. The CAQ also convenes and collaborates with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues requiring action and intervention, and advocates policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity, effectiveness, and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions.

As Executive Director, Lindsay is responsible for carrying out the mission and vision of the CAQ’s Governing Board, which is comprised of CEOs from eight leading public company auditing firms and the American Institute of CPAs, as well as three independent members from outside the public company auditing profession.

Previously, Lindsay served as a Managing Director and the Deputy Head of Global Regulatory Affairs at Citigroup, a position she began in February 2017. In that role, Julie worked to formulate and execute Citi’s regulatory policy priorities and strategy across the numerous regulatory agencies with oversight over Citi. Julie joined Citi in February 2009 as General Counsel – Capital Markets and Corporate Reporting, where she was the lead lawyer responsible for Citi’s public disclosures and global capital markets activities. During this time, her significant leadership accomplishments included managing Citi’s $20 billion TARP repayment—involving the then-largest public equity offering in US capital markets history—as well as Citi’s $58 billion exchange offers to boost Citi’s capital levels following the financial crisis.

Prior to Citi, Lindsay served as Counsel to Commissioner Cynthia Glassman at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, where she counseled the Commissioner on all matters relating to public company disclosure obligations, corporate governance standards, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and Financial Accounting Standards Board, enforcement matters, and issues affecting registered foreign companies. Lindsay also has securities and public company reporting and governance experience as Counsel and Associate at law firms in Washington, DC and Palo Alto, CA.

Lindsay graduated from The Ohio State University in 1993 with a BA in political science and received her JD from Vanderbilt School of Law in 1996. She serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Political Science at The Ohio State University, and as a Co-Chair for the 2019 Foundation for the National Institutes of Health Award Dinner.