Ian Burnett, Risk All-Stars
VP, Internal Audit and Compliance
What is your educational background?
MBA, Georgia State University; BS, Vanderbilt University
Did you know you wanted to go into the risk profession? If not, what was your journey to get here?
I did not start out knowing I wanted to be in the risk profession. My journey had some hops along the way, but it became clear to me that I liked the variety that comes with the risk profession. Risks evolve as external factors, and business strategies and technologies change. Additionally, being able to think about risk (both assessment and management of risk) is a skill that is transcends industry, so it provides a certain amount of career sustainability and job security.
How long have you been working in the risk profession?
I have been working in the risk profession for about 30 years. My experience during this time is from the perspective of a consultant, as well as from working in corporate internal audit departments.
What do you love most about what you do?
What I like most is the variety that comes with the job – different client challenges, different industries, new faces, new technologies, new perspectives, and opportunities to continuously improve as a risk professional.
Has managing risk changed over the course of your career? If so, how?
Most of my career has been from the perspective of the third line of defense (internal audit); however, I have definitely seen that IA’s role in organizational risk management frameworks has been elevated. It’s become more of a proactive valued-added function than a check-the-box activity.
What advice would you give to someone who is about to start their career in the risk profession?
The risk profession is a great place for people who are curious and like variety in what they do. Always be curious and look for new perspectives on risk and risk management.
Do you have a personal motto? If so, what is it?
“Let’s kick it in” (as in let’s get moving on this.)
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