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April 14, 2008

Thomson named acting IMA president

Governance, risk and compliance expert Jeffrey Thomson is the acting president and chief executive of the US Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), replacing Paul Sharman, who has left the institute to pursue other opportunities.

Thomson has been with the institute since 2005 and was previously the vice-president responsible for research and applications development. In that position he conceived and launched the IMA Research Centre of Excellence, which the institute said has delivered global applications, tools and guidance enabling management accountants to perform as strategic business partners. 

In addition to his expertise in governance, risk and compliance, which is a core area of focus for the IMA and its members, Thomson has also spoken globally on topics such as financial leadership, enterprise risk management, internal controls, business performance management, strategic costing methods, lean accounting, strategic planning and competitive analysis, the IMA said.

Blue chip background Prior to joining the institute, Thomson worked at telecommunications giant AT&T for more than 20 years, serving in various financial, strategic and operational roles, most recently as the chief financial officer for business sales, which was an $18 billion revenue operation.

Thomson told The Accountant that during his three years with IMA he has tended to “wear many hats” in addition to heading research. “This gave me a really good glance into what the practitioner community was looking for in terms of solutions and other actual research that they could apply on the job to better their careers or their organisational capabilities,” he said.

Thomson’s personal goals for the institute are tied to its strategy (for details see IFRS adoption presents opportunities).

“Achieving the outcomes in strategy starts foremost with creating a strong team here [at IMA central office] in Montvale. It starts with the people and whether they have the skills and capabilities and are inspired and passionate,” he said.

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