For the second year in a row, Accounting Today has added James D. Ratley, CFE, president and CEO of the ACFE, to the 2013 list of the Top 100 Most Influential People. The annual list includes business leaders, government figures and luminaries who are “shaping the profession now and in the future.”
Ratley is profiled, along with the other honorees, in a special supplement to Accounting Today magazine’s Sept./Oct. 2013 issue. Under Ratley’s leadership, the ACFE has grown to nearly 70,000 members in more than 150 countries, and is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of training and resources.
“A quick scan of the headlines reveals that fraud isn’t going away,” the Accounting Today article states. “If anything, it’s on the rise — and that means that the education and information Ratley and the ACFE provide the public and the professionals who root out fraud will be in more demand than ever.”
Since being named president of the world’s largest anti-fraud organization in 2006 (and adding the role of CEO in 2011), Ratley has overseen the continued growth of the ACFE while assisting in the development of anti-fraud products and services to meet the needs of ACFE members. He’s also a member of the ACFE’s faculty and teaches regularly at workshops and conferences on a variety of fraud-related subjects.
“It is an honor to be chosen once again by Accounting Today for their Top 100,” Ratley said. “I think this says more about the dedication of anti-fraud professionals worldwide who are moving the fight for fraud prevention and detection further ahead every day. It is because of them that the ACFE exists, and I intend to continue to serve them as best I can because they are safeguarding our investments and businesses for the future.
“Still, it is truly exciting — and humbling — to be selected alongside so many worthy and dignified individuals.”
In 2005, Ratley received the ACFE’s Cressey Award, the ACFE’s highest honor. It’s bestowed annually for a lifetime of achievement in the detection and deterrence of fraud.
Ratley served as an officer of the Dallas Police Department in several divisions including vice, child abuse and internal affairs. He was a member of numerous department task forces that concentrated on major fraud cases.
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