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Business Leaders Join Global Accounting Think Tank

February 25, 2013

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New Appointees Bring Fresh Thinking to the Finance Debate at ACCA (the Association for Chartered Certified Accountants) and IMA (Institute of Management Accountants)


New York and Montvale, N.J., February 25, 2013 – Business leaders from around the world have been appointed to the Accountants for Business Global Forum to help bring new perspectives on the key issues facing Chief Financial Officers, finance functions, and global businesses.


The nine new members, selected by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), include CFOs, managing directors and vice presidents of leading organizations.


Reflecting the diversity of ACCA and IMA brands, the representatives hail from a wide range of industries and backgrounds, and are charged with bringing insights and new thinking to the key challenges facing finance leaders and global finance functions.


“I am delighted to welcome new members to the forum,” said Richard Moat FCC, CFO of Eircom Group and co-chair of the forum. “I’m sure they will bring a wealth of experience and perspective to the key issues, challenges and opportunities we all see as finance leaders in today’s business environment.”


The new forum members are:

  • Richard Aitken-Davies FCCA – independent chairman of Electricity Pensions Limited
  • Teuta Bakalli FCCA – CFO at Pepper Europe
  • Holger Lindner – CFO of the global Product Services Division of TÜV SÜD AG
  • Jennifer Tan Yuen Chun FCCA – managing director of fixed business at Hutchinson Telecommunications Hong Kong (Holdings) Limited
  • Neil MacLean FCCA, MBA – vice president for finance transformation at Capgemini Consulting 
  • Oliver Colling FCCA – leader of Grant Thornton’s Finance Transformation team 
  • Paul Mok FCCA – Group Financial Controller at OOCL in Hong Kong
  • Dr. Solaiman Altwaijri  ­­–  CEO of Saudi Amiantit
  • Raymond Jack - Executive Director of  Finance & Operations at ACCA

“We’re looking forward to working with the new forum members across a wide range of issues facing CFOs and the finance function today,” said Jamie Lyon FCCA, head of corporate sector at ACCA and co-chair. “There’s a lot happening in this space right now and I’m sure they will make a great contribution to the on-going success of the forum.”


“This is a great opportunity to bring in senior leaders from the business world to enrich our discussions on future issues impacting the finance function and the broader business agenda,” said Raef Lawson, vice president of research at IMA.


The Accountants for Business Global Forum is one of 10 global forums launched by ACCA to bring together experts from the public and private sector. The forums strive to further thinking on current and future issues in a number of areas, as well as look at challenges and opportunities for the accounting profession in general.


About ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants with 154,000 members and 432,000 students in 170 countries worldwide. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. We work through a network of over 80 offices and centres and more than 8,400 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. For more information about ACCA, please visit http://www2.accaglobal.com/usa/.



About IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)

IMA®, the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program, continuing education, networking, and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more than 65,000 members in 120 countries and 200 local chapter communities. IMA provides localized services through its offices in Montvale, N.J., USA; Zurich, Switzerland; Dubai, UAE; and Beijing, China. For more information about IMA, please visit http://www.imanet.org.

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