The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) announced today that Jeff Thomson, CMA, CSCA, CAE, President and CEO of the organization, will retire in early 2023.
Thomson’s decision comes after an impressive tenure of nearly 15 years leading the organization during a time of transformation and record growth. Under Thomson’s leadership, IMA has more than doubled its membership and the number of professionals holding the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification, while expanding its global reach, reputation and relevance . Today, IMA serves approximately 140,000 members in 150 countries through 12 global offices, 350 chapters and over 200 employees.
“Jeff is commended for his leadership during a turnaround period, marked by a shift in IMA’s strategic direction, a mission to strengthen the profession through certification and continuing education, and meeting the needs of professionals emerging markets around the world,” said Gwen van Berne, CMA, IMA Chair. “He has always been committed to telling the story of our proud profession, one where we make a difference to careers, organizations and society at large.”
Thomson joined IMA in 2005 as Vice President of Research, where he developed IMA’s research and thought leadership practice to ensure the organization made meaningful contributions to the body of professional knowledge. , including more recently emerging issues related to technology and data analytics; sustainable business management; and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Thomson is the author of numerous articles and a book, and has testified before the US Congress in the areas of risk management, internal controls and corporate governance. A believer in partnerships, he has personally represented IMA on the boards of numerous collaborative organizations, including COSO (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission), IFAC (International Federation of Accountants) and IIRC (International Integrated Reporting Council).
Thomson has always been named in accounting todayThe “100 Most Influential People List” was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Trust Across America, and was named to NJBIZ’s Power 50 in Accounting list. Under his leadership, IMA has also won numerous industry awards, including Best Workplace and Professional Body of the Year.
“It has been an honor for me to serve IMA and my profession at an exciting time in IMA’s history. I have been privileged to have the opportunity to positively influence the careers of new professionals and students and seasoned, as well as advancing best business practices,” said Thomson. “Best of all, I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside our volunteers who are truly the heart and soul of IMA, my incredible staff who have engineered a remarkable turnaround in focusing on our members and delivering value, and a stellar list of partners and colleagues. Together, we have helped advance this proud and exciting profession in a time of uncertainty and disruption.
Prior to joining IMA, Thomson worked at AT&T for more than two decades, where he started out as a data scientist decades before the job title was popularized in the industry. During his tenure at AT&T, he held various financial, strategic and operational positions. This includes the role of Business Partner CFO for an $18 billion business unit. After retiring from AT&T, he spent three years as a math teacher at a local high school.
Thomson has been married to Harriett for 42 years and looks forward to spending more time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
For more information regarding the leadership opportunity available at IMA, please contact Lorraine Lavet of Korn Ferry at [email protected]