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Sharon A Virag

Sharon A Virag

The AES Corporation
Vice President, Controller & Chief Accounting
Arlington, VA, USA


Sharon Virag is the Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer of AES Corp., a global power company operating in 23 countries, generating $18 billion in annual revenues from $40 billion in assets under management.  She was appointed to this role in May of 2013.  She also currently serves as a member of the SEC Regulations Committee for the Center for Audit Quality.  

Prior to joining AES, Sharon held Global Controller positions in General Electric’s (“GE”) Oil & Gas division and GE’s Power & Water division between 2010 and 2013, where she was responsible for all aspects of Controllership for these business segments.  She also held multiple posts, both domestic and international, at General Motors Company (“GM”) from 2008 to 2010, including Assistant Corporate Controller; Controller, GM Asia/Pacific; and Director of Internal Control and Sox Compliance.

In addition to her private sector experience, Sharon was with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) from 2005 to 2008, where she served as the Project Leader for Auditing Standard No. 5, the Board’s requirements/regulations for Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404, and acted as staff liaison to the Securities & Exchange Commission Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting (CIFER) among other roles. 

Sharon started her financial career in auditing, including working for Deloitte & Touche, LLP from 1998 to 2004 as an Audit Senior Manager and Audit Manager. Ms. Virag has a BS in Accounting from California State University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Arizona.

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