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William F. Knese to Advance Thought Leadership in Management Accounting as New IMA Chair

July 18, 2013

Marc Gerrone       
IMA
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mgerrone@imanet.org

Tara Baumgarten
Stern + Associates
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tara@sternassociates.com

MONTVALE, N.J., July 18, 2013IMA® (the Institute of Management Accountants), one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession, has announced William F. Knese, CMA®, CFM, CPA, of Watertown, S.D., and Scottsdale, Ariz., as Chair of IMA’s Global Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2013–2014.

As IMA’s senior volunteer leader through June 30, 2014, Mr. Knese will work with IMA’s strategic partners, expand IMA’s thought leadership in the profession, and elevate awareness of the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) program.

Mr. Knese’s management accounting career spans 30 years. A seasoned financial executive, he has comprehensive finance and accounting experience in both corporate and operations financial management at public and private companies. He joined Angus Industries in 2000 and most recently served as vice president of finance and administration, as well as chief financial officer, until his retirement in May 2013.  

“It’s fitting that Bill, a professional with many years of management accounting experience and service to IMA, will serve as IMA’s Chair,” said Jeff Thomson, CMA, CAE, IMA president and CEO. “I look forward to watching IMA continue to grow and succeed under Bill’s leadership as he plays an integral part in helping IMA achieve its strategic goals for the upcoming year.”

Prior to being elected IMA Chair, Mr. Knese held several leadership positions within IMA. He served as the chair of the IMA Performance Oversight and Audit Committee, chair of the IMA Planning and Development Committee, chair of the ICMA Board of Regents, and also as a member of the IMA Governance Committee.

Locally, he served as president of the Rockford, Ill., Chapter, and in 2010, he was appointed to and served as a member of the AICPA/FAF/NASBA Blue Ribbon Panel on Private Company Financial Reporting. He is currently a member of Financial Executives International, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. An active community volunteer, he has served as an officer and board member for a number of cultural, civic and community not-for-profit organizations in Watertown and Rockford.

“IMA has given me many opportunities throughout my career to get involved, and I hope to create similar opportunities for the organization in the year ahead,” said Mr. Knese. “I hope to continue IMA’s longstanding tradition of advancing thought leadership in the management accounting profession.”

Mr. Knese was preceded as Chair by John C. Macaulay, CMA, of Richardson, Texas, now IMA’s Chair-Emeritus. Joseph A. Vincent, CMA, of Stratford, Conn., has been named Chair-Elect and will become chair during fiscal year 2014-2015 starting July 1, 2014.

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 www.imanet.org.



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