Everet Zicarelli, a member of Sallie Mae's internal audit team, was honored as a 2017 Emerging Leader by Internal Auditor magazine, a publication produced by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). The publication recognizes up-and-coming internal audit practitioners who are making a difference within their companies, willing to take on new roles and challenges, and mentor younger professionals in the field. Zicarelli was one of only 15 professionals across the globe, all under 30 years old, to be recognized.

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"Within Sallie Mae's internal audit department, we are committed to ensuring our business practices are constantly reviewed and improved to ensure the highest standards for our customers," said Dan VanSciver, senior vice president and chief audit officer, Sallie Mae. "We also promote continued professional development among our employees, so it's particularly gratifying to see Everet recognized for his great work."

Zicarelli joined the internal audit department at Sallie Mae in May 2015 and was promoted to senior internal auditor in March 2016. He is a leader within the company's on-campus internship recruiting program and is the designated mentor for all internal audit interns. He recently began volunteering at the University of Delaware's Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship Keys to Financial Success program, which prepares K-12 educators and students in economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship.

Zicarelli is a graduate of the University of Delaware. He received his Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification from the Institute of Internal Auditors and was a recipient of their William S. Smith CIA - Certificate of Honors Award for his performance on the CIA examination. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the state of Delaware. In addition to the recognition from the IIA, he recently received a Quarterly Employee Award of Excellence from Sallie Mae.

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