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IMA Engages Korn Ferry to Conduct
President and CEO Executive Search


Montvale, N.J., September 15, 2022 — IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on the management accounting profession, has engaged executive search firm Korn Ferry to recruit for IMA’s next President and CEO. Korn Ferry will work with IMA’s President and CEO Search Committee to identify highly qualified candidates for the association’s lead staff role.

This executive search comes following Jeff Thomson’s decision to retire in early 2023 after admirably serving as IMA’s President and CEO for nearly 15 years. During Thomson’s tenure, IMA more than doubled its membership and the number of professionals holding the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) certification, while expanding globally in reach, reputation, and relevance. Today, IMA serves about 140,000 members in 150 countries through 12 global offices, 350 chapters, and more than 200 staff.

“The search committee followed a thorough process to select a suitable executive search firm to take on this important assignment. We’re confident that Korn Ferry will identify IMA’s next leader to ensure that the association continues to advance the management accounting profession for years to come,” said J. Stephen McNally, CMA, CPA, IMA Chair-Emeritus who leads the Committee.
Based at IMA’s global headquarters in Montvale, N.J., the President and CEO is responsible for the global operations and overall delivery of IMA’s Strategic Plan. The position reports to IMA’s Global Chair on behalf of the IMA Global Board of Directors. 

A detailed profile of IMA’s President and CEO position is available at Korn Ferry’s website: 

Interested candidates can contact Lorraine Lavet at


About IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)

IMA® 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) and CSCA® (Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis) programs, continuing education, networking, and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices.

Twice named Professional Body of the Year by The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin, IMA has a global network of about 140,000 members in 150 countries and 350 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/India. For more information about IMA, please visit

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