Stephen Ashworth brings decades of experience, collaborative style to global BA community
TORONTO, March 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Following an extensive search, International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®) announced today that Stephen Ashworth has been appointed its new President and Chief Executive Officer.
The appointment, by the international Board of Directors, is effective immediately. Board Chair Indira Mitra said Mr. Ashworth's appointment is critical to better positioning IIBA - an independent non-profit professional association - to support and serve the global BA community.
"Stephen has the vision, practical experience and leadership to guide IIBA and the global business analysis community into the future,'' Ms. Mitra said. "He has nearly three decades of experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and also has the organizational and collaborative leadership skills required to lead a growing and dynamic global organization."
Ms. Mitra added, "Throughout the search process Stephen demonstrated a deep understanding of the challenges facing business analysis professionals and a shared commitment to supporting the wider business analysis community."
An educator by training, Mr. Ashworth is a recognized leader on issues relating to higher education and curriculum development, leadership as well as business operations and management. An accomplished author, he has six years senior experience with Junior Achievement of Canada most recently serving as acting president and CEO. In addition to owning and operating several businesses, Mr. Ashworth spent more than 25 years in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. He has been actively involved with Financial Literacy at the provincial and national level.
"I am honored by the opportunity that IIBA has extended to me,'' Mr. Ashworth said. "I'm excited to be joining such a dynamic and ambitious organization and look forward to bringing business analysis professionals together to improve business outcomes."
Mr. Ashworth will assume the President and CEO responsibilities from acting President and CEO Alain Arseneault, who will also serve IIBA through a transition period. "The Board wants to thank Alain for his ongoing leadership and guidance,'' Ms. Mitra said. "He took on a challenging role leading a team focused on improving the value that IIBA brings to business analysis professionals across the globe."
About International Institute of Business Analysis
International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®) is the independent non-profit professional association serving the growing field of business analysis to the international business community. The organization has over 26,000 members worldwide in fields ranging from requirements management and requirements analysis to project management and consulting. IIBA® has over 100 chapters in more than 60 countries, and is committed to developing and advancing standards for the practice of business analysis and for the certification of practitioners. Visit www.IIBA.org.
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