While Obara Group is a global and complex organization, its internal audit department currently employs just one full-time staff member: Mari Yonezawa, chief audit executive (CAE). Yonezawa joined the department in 2007 to help Obara Corporation prepare to meet J-SOX compliance. When Yonezawa assumed leadership of the internal audit function, she immediately started shifting the function away from traditional, cumbersome processes and began embracing more technology tools. She implemented Computer-Assisted Auditing Techniques (CAATs) and Audit Command Language (ACL) software.
Yonezawa says she promotes internal audit's role and value as a partner in the business by positioning every audit as an opportunity for improvement. Two of the many benefits of using data analytics are shorter audits due to better up-front preparation, and the ability to show auditees the facts clearly.