PAIB Advisory Group Update: Profile and Thanks


Composed of professional accountants with extensive and diverse experiences, the Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Advisory Group considers key global trends in the context of the issues facing chief financial officers and finance functions, as well as boards and their audit committees. It is one of six advisory groups of IFAC (International Federation of Accountants), of which IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) is a member.

IMA currently has two representatives on the PAIB Advisory Group: longtime member Esteban Quiros, from Costa Rica, and Maria del Dado Alonso Sanchez, from Spain, who was appointed in January 2023. Both Esteban and Alonso Sanchez have served terms on the IMA Global Board of Directors; Alonso Sanchez has also been a member of the ICMA Board of Regents.

Earlier this month, IFAC published a lengthy Q&A with Alonso Sanchez, which outlines her goals for her term, her experience as a global e-commerce pioneer, and her personal career journey. You can read it at Meet Maria del Dado Alonso Sanchez.

At the end of 2023, Quiros will conclude his three years of representing IMA on the PAIB. Said Ella Suponitskiy, CMA, CPA, CAE, IMA’s PAIB staff liaison and vice president, certification, at ICMA, “We thank Esteban for his years of exemplary service representing IMA on this important body. He has provided immeasurable insights to this advisory group, based on his experience working at Procter & Gamble, and he has helped the group author a variety of reports on key topics affecting the profession, including this report featuring a Procter & Gamble case study. During Esteban’s three years on the PAIB, the advisory group was successful in advancing awareness about the role of accountants working inside organizations and the challenges facing the profession.”

The PAIB conducts meetings twice annually. At its meeting in March 2023, the group focused on accountancy as a “passport to meaningful and rewarding careers in both the private and public sectors.” Over the course of the two-day March meeting, the group discussed the long-term value accountants create and the positive impact they have. A summary of the meeting can be found on this webpage: The Five Opportunities That Make Accountancy a Passport to Meaningful Careers in the Private and Public Sectors.

For more information, please visit IFAC’s PAIB Advisory Group webpage.