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Paul J. Sobel
PAUL J. SOBEL CIA, CPA
Vice President, Internal Audit
1155 Perimeter Center West
Atlanta, GA 30338
Paul Sobel is Vice President, Internal Audit for Mirant Corporation, an energy company based in Atlanta that operates power plants in five states. He is responsible for directing the company’s internal audit activities, and developing and implementing risk assessment and ERM methodologies. In addition to reporting to Mirant’s Audit Committee and Nominating & Governance Committee, he sits on the company’s Risk Oversight, IT Steering and Disclosure Committees.
Prior to joining Mirant, he was Vice President, Risk Assessment at Aquila, Inc., in Kansas City, with similar responsibilities. Before joining Aquila, Paul was a Senior Manager in Arthur Andersen’s Business Risk Consulting practice, with focus on risk assessments and internal audit co-sourcing arrangements. His career has also included positions as Audit Director with Harcourt General in Orlando, responsible for the Harcourt Brace publishing and insurance operations; International Audit Manager for PepsiCo, based out of Purchase, NY, responsible for audits of the international soft drink, snack food and restaurant operations; and Experienced Manager with Arthur Andersen in St. Louis, responsible for financial and information systems audits.
Paul is a CIA and CPA. He is a frequent speaker on governance, ERM and internal audit topics at IIA and other conferences, and achieved Distinguished Faculty honors as an instructor of IIA seminars. He has published a book titled Auditor’s Risk Management Guide: Integrating Auditing and ERM. In addition, he co-authored the textbook titled Internal Auditing: Assurance and Consulting Services, which is sponsored by the IIA’s Research Foundation. Finally, he has been recognized for articles published in Internal Auditor magazine (The IIA) and Management Accounting Quarterly (Institute of Management Accountants).
Paul has been an active volunteer in the profession. He has been serving a two-year term on the Standing Advisory Group of the PCAOB. He is currently on the IIA Board of Directors, and Vice Chair of Professional Development. In the past he has served on the North American Board, the Strategic Planning Task Force, the IIA Research Foundation Board as both its President and as a Trustee, Midwest Region Representative and Midwest District #1 Representative. He currently serves on the Atlanta Chapter Board of Governors and was the Program Chair for The IIA’s 2010 International Conference, which was held in Atlanta. Previously, he served as President for the Kansas City Chapter, and was on the Board of Governors in the Kansas City and Central Florida Chapters. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.