IMA Joins International Group of Controlling IGC

Hannah Schoch
IMA Europe Office
0041 43 535 12 37

Zurich, Switzerland, June 5, 2014
 – Professional management accounting association IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) has been named a member of The International Group Controlling (IGC), reflecting IMA’s increasing influence in and commitment to Europe. 

The announcement was made this past weekend during the IGC General Assembly in Split, Croatia. Currently, IMA is the only non-European member of IGC. Members include membership associations and training institutes operating in the area of controlling/management accounting. Existing IGC members unanimously voted to accept IMA’s application at IGC’s annual general assembly in Split, Croatia on May 31, 2014. 

Raef Lawson, Ph.D., CMA, CPA, IMA’s Vice President, Research and Policy, and Professor-in-Residence, attended the meeting on behalf of IMA.  “A key part of IMA’s mission throughout its 95-year history is to promote research, best practice-sharing and thought leaderships in management accounting and finance,” said Lawson. “We look forward to working with European thought leaders and top educators in IGC to explore regional perspectives on the future of controlling education to address significant challenges facing the profession globally, including financial reporting standards, the talent shortage, and the needs of emerging economies.”

As a member, IMA will contribute to IGC’s main objectives of promoting common interests in accounting and controlling education as well as research and development in the whole field of controllership. With IMA’s focus on advancing the management accounting profession globally and its commitment to research, IMA’s membership will help strengthen and increase visibility of IGC’s activities. IMA will be able to help shape the future of controlling thought leadership through its collaboration with IGC. 

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 70,000 members in 120 countries and 300 professional and student chapters. 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

About IGC® (International Group Controlling) 

IGC is the European voice of controlling and the leading network of organizations that operate in the field of controlling education, training, research and consulting. The aim of IGC is to promote the profession and role of controllers as sparring partners of management, to serve as a platform for harmonizing and advancing the concept of controlling and its terminology, and to ensure the quality of controlling education. The International Group of Controlling has members from 14 countries. It sets and establishes internationally recognized standards for controlling and the required education and training. For more information about IGC, please visit

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