Jeffrey C. Thomson, CMA, CAE, is president and CEO of IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants). Since assuming this position in 2008, Thomson led the development of a strategy resulting in IMA becoming one of the fastest-growing accounting associations in the world, with nearly 30% growth in its CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program and more than 300 student and professional chapters. Currently, IMA has more than 75,000 members in 140 countries.
Under his leadership, IMA Global Core Values were introduced to reinforce the association’s reputation as a trustworthy organization dedicated to enhancing careers, organizations, and the public interest. These values, which include respect for the individual, passion for serving members, highest standards of integrity and trust, innovation and continuous improvement, and teaming to achieve, apply to IMA staff and volunteer leaders around the world.
Prior to joining IMA, Thomson worked at AT&T for more than two decades, where he served in various financial, strategic, and operational roles. In his last position at AT&T, he served as the CFO for business sales, an $18 billion revenue operation. At AT&T, he was responsible for many “firsts,” including implementing activity-based costing, performance dashboards, and a competitive analysis capability.
Thomson holds an M.S. degree in statistics from Montclair State University, received a certificate in finance and accounting from the Wharton School, and completed the Columbia University Senior Executive Leadership Program. In 2008, he participated in the MIT Sloan School of Management Certificate Program in Innovation. He holds the CMA and Certified Association Executive (CAE) credentials.
Thomson was honored by Accounting Today by being included in the publication’s annual “Top 100 Most Influential People List” in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014. He was also named by Trust Across America as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” for the past four years in a row. The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin recognized Thomson in its Global Accountancy Power 50 list of leading influencers.