Dr. Rainer Lenz

Dr. Rainer Lenz is responsible as Audit Excecutive Mentor for coaching of Audit Managers at Audit Research Center. Rainer was among the TOP 10 Internal Audit Thought Leaders of the Decade as well as in the years 2020 and 2021 (nominated by the past President and CEO of the global IIA Inc., Richard Chambers). He is a seasoned audit and finance professional with over 25 years of international experience in global organizations. Since 2007, Rainer has been working as Chief Audit Executive in manufactoring environments, first at Actavis (now Teva Pharmaceuticals) in the pharmaceutical industry, then at Villeroy & Boch in the lifestyle industry, and since 2018 at SAF-HOLLAND in the commercial vehicle industry. Rainer has a PhD about the effectiveness of Internal Auditing from the Louvain School of Management in Belgium. He has earned several awards for his thought leadership, including the Larry Sawyer Research Foundation Project of the Year Award (2012), the national Award from the German chapter of the IIA (DIIR Förderpreis, 2013), and Audit Innovation Awards from the Audit Research Institute in Germany (2013 and 2017). He has published a series of articles about internal auditing in peer-reviewed journals.