IMA?s presence in Europe is growing. And to commemorate the restart of its chapter in Italy, IMA? (Institute of Management Accountants) senior staff, volunteer leaders, and members recently gathered in Milan for a chapter charter ceremony and continuing education.

Attending the event on behalf of IMA Global were Lisa Beaudoin, CMA, CSCA, CAE, IMA director of business development; and Brad Monterio, member of the IMA Global Board of Directors. Representatives from IMA Europe staff included Regional Director Alain Mulder and Operations Specialist Marta Sudnikiewicz.

The half-day chapter charter ceremony featured a presentation of the official IMA charter certificate as well as educational sessions on:

  • ?New Business Models and Management Accounting Change,? by Professor Lino Cinquini, Istituto di Management, Scuola Superiore Sant?Anna in Pisa;
  • ?Implementing Results-based Management in a Nonprofit Organization,? by Melanie Glover, CMA, and Enrico Baccioni;
  • ?Planning Strategy and Business Modeling,? by Professor Francesco Dallasega, University of Trento;
  • ?Innovation: Overcoming Challenges, Uncovering Opportunities,? by Monterio; and
  • "Future-Proof Your Career: Staying Relevant in the Digital Age,? by Beaudoin.


?Alain Mulder, right, presents the official chapter charter to De Luca, president of the IMA Italy Chapter.

Alain Mulder, right, presents the official chapter charter to
De Luca, president of the IMA Italy Chapter.


The original chapter in Italy was formed in 1967, one of IMA?s first European chapters. The reactivated IMA Italy Chapter, based in Milan, was founded in 2017, in large part because of the initiative of current president Francesco Aldo De Luca, CEO of AdMaioraSemper S.r.l., also in Milan. De Luca has taken an active role in engaging members and promoting CMA? (Certified Management Accountant) certification among his peers.

Currently, the chapter has nearly 50 members and its numbers have grown steadily over the past year.

Commenting on the significance of the Italy Chapter, Mulder said, ?This perfectly aligns with our strategy to raise awareness about the CMA in all regions around the world. The success of that strategy is indicated by the program?s growth this past fiscal year, when ICMA awarded a record-number 6,000 new CMA certificates and the number of new CMA candidates soared by 50% compared to last year. This chapter event was a great example of thought leadership and IMA members sharing knowledge and networking. This raises awareness of the CMA while at the same time delivering benefits to our members.?

Mulder explained that the chapter is already making plans for additional continuing professional education events. IMA Europe just created social media accounts where professionals can find more details about chapter activities in their region as well as the CMA certification.

For more information about the IMA Italy Chapter, please visit, which lists details about upcoming events and contact information for chapter leaders.