Julie Bell Lindsay

Executive Director at The Center for Audit Quality

Julie Bell Lindsay

Julie Bell Lindsay

Executive Director at The Center for Audit Quality


Julie Bell Lindsay is the Executive Director of the Center for Audit Quality, a position she has held since May 2019.

The CAQ is dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets by fostering high-quality performance by public company auditors. The CAQ also convenes and collaborates with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues requiring action and intervention, and advocates policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity, effectiveness, and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions.

As Executive Director, Lindsay is responsible for carrying out the mission and vision of the CAQ’s Governing Board, which is comprised of CEOs from eight leading public company auditing firms and the American Institute of CPAs, as well as three independent members from outside the public company auditing profession.

Previously, Lindsay served as a Managing Director and the Deputy Head of Global Regulatory Affairs at Citigroup, a position she began in February 2017. In that role, Julie worked to formulate and execute Citi’s regulatory policy priorities and strategy across the numerous regulatory agencies with oversight over Citi. Julie joined Citi in February 2009 as General Counsel – Capital Markets and Corporate Reporting, where she was the lead lawyer responsible for Citi’s public disclosures and global capital markets activities. During this time, her significant leadership accomplishments included managing Citi’s $20 billion TARP repayment—involving the then-largest public equity offering in US capital markets history—as well as Citi’s $58 billion exchange offers to boost Citi’s capital levels following the financial crisis.

Prior to Citi, Lindsay served as Counsel to Commissioner Cynthia Glassman at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where she counseled the Commissioner on all matters relating to public company disclosure obligations, corporate governance standards, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and Financial Accounting Standards Board, enforcement matters, and issues affecting registered foreign companies. Lindsay also has securities and public company reporting and governance experience as Counsel and Associate at law firms in Washington, DC and Palo Alto, CA.

Lindsay graduated from The Ohio State University in 1993 with a BA in political science and received her JD from Vanderbilt School of Law in 1996. She serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Political Science at The Ohio State University, and as a Co-Chair for the 2019 Foundation for the National Institutes of Health Award Dinner.

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Citigroup, Inc.
The Center for Audit Quality

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Former Executive Director at The Center for Audit Quality

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Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement & Communications at The Center for Audit Quality

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Julie Bell Lindsay
Executive Director at The Center for Audit Quality

The Ohio State University, commonly referred to as Ohio State or OSU, is a public research university in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1870, as a land-grant university and ninth university in Ohio with the Morrill Act of 1862, the university was originally known as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College.

Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville, Tennessee, the law school combines the advantages of a stimulating university community, a top-tier faculty, a small, carefully selected student body, and a vibrant, livable city. Known for offering a rigorous academic program in a collegial, supportive atmosphere, Vanderbilt Law School attracts law students and faculty seeking a first-rate academic institution that also affords an excellent quality of life. In 2002, the law school completed an extensive renovation and expansion project, and Vanderbilt now offers its students a state-of-the-art facility with wireless internet access throughout, situated on a park-like campus that is a national arboretum.

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Executive Director
2019 - Current

The Center is an autonomous, nonpartisan, nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C. It is governed by a Board that comprises leaders from the public company auditing firms, the American Institute of CPAs and three members from outside the public company auditing profession. The organization is affiliated with the American Institute of CPAs.

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Citi works tirelessly to provide consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial services and products. They strive to create the best outcomes for their clients and customers with financial ingenuity that leads to solutions that are simple, creative and responsible.

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