International Institute of Business Analysis announces first CEO after five years of steady membership growth

Kathleen Barret, IIBA President and CEO

Kathleen Barret(Toronto, Ontario) – In the wake of sustained, double-digit growth in membership, International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) announced its first full-time Chief Executive Officer at its Annual General Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, last month. IIBA® has gained over 10,000 members from around the globe since its launch five years ago.

Kathleen Barret was appointed to President and CEO of the institute, effective June 8, 2009. Ms. Barret has spearheaded the launch and development of IIBA® for the past five years in her capacity as a volunteer member of the Board of Directors.

“I will now have the opportunity to work on all the initiatives I simply didn’t have time for when I was volunteering for IIBA® and working at a full-time job,” says Ms. Barret who is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She worked at the Bank of Montreal for nine years. “There was always so much more I wanted to accomplish, and I am now looking forward to focusing all of my attention and energy on taking the organization to the next level.”

The IIBA® Annual General Meeting on June 23rd at the Hyatt Regency hotel was held in conjunction with the World Congress for Business Analysts where the institute also hosted its first Chief Information Officer Forum on June 24.

During the event, IIBA® Board members facilitated a discussion on the topic “Back to Basics: Coming Out Ahead After the Recession is Over”. The forum discussed critical success factors for companies during the economic downturn and how to best use business analysts to implement them. For more information on this topic, please contact Tracy Cook at

About International Institute of Business Analysis

With administrative offices in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 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. Since 2006, the institute has offered the IIBA® Certification Program and the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) designation. Candidates can participate in computer-based testing sites at locations around the world.