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Julie Bell Lindsay Named Executive Director of the Center for Audit Quality

Monday, April 8, 2019

Washington, DC – Julie Bell Lindsay will succeed Cindy Fornelli as the Executive Director of the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ), effective May 6, 2019. Retiring after 12 years in the Executive Director role, Fornelli will continue at the CAQ through May 2019 to effect a smooth leadership transition.

Lindsay comes to the CAQ from Citigroup, where she was Managing Director and Deputy Head for Global Regulatory Affairs. In March, the CAQ’s Governing Board unanimously approved Lindsay’s appointment as the next Executive Director of the CAQ.

“Julie brings deep experience in the capital markets and an appreciation for the vital role of the public company auditing profession in our system of investor protection,” said Cathy Engelbert, Deloitte US CEO and CAQ Governing Board Chair. “The Governing Board thanks Cindy Fornelli for her leadership and accomplishments at the CAQ and looks forward to advancing the CAQ’s objectives with Julie at the helm.”

At Citigroup, Lindsay worked to develop and execute the bank’s regulatory policy priorities and strategy, engaging extensively with regulators, international standards setters, trade organizations, and peer institutions. Prior to Citigroup, among other endeavors, she served as Counsel to Commissioner Cynthia A. Glassman at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“Since 2007, the CAQ has established itself as force in public company auditing, thanks to its convening power, its constructive policy engagement and vision for the profession’s future,” said Lindsay. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the CAQ and to build on this foundation for the benefit of public company auditors, investors, and the capital markets.”

Lindsay holds a BA from The Ohio State University and a JD from the Vanderbilt University School of Law.

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About the CAQ
The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) is an autonomous public policy organization dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets. The CAQ fosters high-quality performance by public company auditors; convenes and collaborates with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues that require action and intervention; and advocates policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity, effectiveness, and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions. Based in Washington, DC, the CAQ is affiliated with the American Institute of CPAs. For more information, visit

Andrew T. Gillies
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