Jeff Thomson Named Among Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting

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Accounting Today List Cites Thomson’s Efforts to Further IMA and Profession 

Montvale, N.J.
 – Jeff Thomson, CMA, CAE, president and CEO of IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), once again has been named one of Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. The annual list boasts a variety of leaders and professionals who are shaping the accounting landscape. See the full list here: 

For nearly a decade at IMA, Thomson has solidified the association’s reputation as a trustworthy and valuable business partner. As a result, IMA has grown in size, respect and influence, reporting record growth in fiscal year 2014. IMA’s total membership rose seven percent, and its advanced-level certification for accountants and financial professionals in business, the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) credential, reached a record number of candidates—a 19 percent increase in the past fiscal year.  

“IMA is grateful for Jeff Thomson’s devoted service during his tenure to date at IMA, and for his commitment to the advancement of the accounting profession,” said Joseph A. Vincent, CMA, Chair of IMA’s Global Board of Directors. “This recognition is a reflection of his elevation of thought leadership in the accounting profession, his promotion of ethical business practices and his unwavering leadership in the face of changes in our profession.”

Paul B.W. Miller, professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Paul R. Bahnson, professor at Boise State University, also voiced their praise of Thomson’s leadership in a recent article, explaining that the future of the accounting profession depends on ethical and educated leaders. 

“Right now, we see this kind of integrity and leadership coming from the Institute of Management Accountants and its chief executive officer, Jeff Thomson,” the article said. “We especially applaud their strong commitment to use real testing, experience and required CPE to preserve the legitimacy of the Certified Management Accountant credential and those who hold it.”

Thomson served as CFO of Business Sales at AT&T from 1979 to 2002 and as IMA vice president of Research from 2005 to 2008. Thomson assumed his role as president and CEO of IMA in 2008.

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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 140 countries and 300 professional and student chapters. Headquartered in Montvale, N.J., USA, IMA provides localized services through its four global regions: The Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe, and Middle East/Africa. For more information about IMA, please visit

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