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New York Event Brings Together ACCA, IMA Members and Organization Leaders

New York Event Brings Together ACCA, IMA Members and Organization Leaders

On Thursday evening, February 28, 2013, more than 100 IMA® and ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) members gathered in New York City for the first joint chapter event between members of the two partnering organizations. The event was planned in tandem with a special U.S. visit by ACCA CEO Helen Brand.

The evening included networking with local professionals and IMA and ACCA staff members; remarks from Ms. Brand and Jeff Thomson, CMA®, IMA president and CEO; and special guest speaker Teresa S. Polley, president and CEO of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF).

Following a warm introduction by IMA regional vice president Marc Palker, CMA, RTRP; and ACCA’s NYC Metro Area Chapter head Fuad A. Karimov, director of Transactions & Restructuring Services at KPMG LLP., members enjoyed a regulatory issues update by Ms. Polley, representing FAF.  As the independent oversight body for the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), FAF has an important responsibility to ensure the development of sound accounting standards that are relevant to stakeholders.

Pictured left: Helen Brand, ACCA CEO, welcomes an audience of IMA and ACCA members, the first joint chapter event between the two organizations.

“IMA has long echoed FAF’s belief that constituent input is a vital factor for creating the best possible accounting standards,” said Mr. Thomson. “IMA and ACCA are honored to have Ms. Polley join us for this landmark chapter event.”

“Successful partnerships are all about the relationship, shared values, and inspired visions. In the first year of our strategicpartnership, IMA and ACCA have delivered valuable research, thought leadership, and educational opportunities to our members around the world,” said Mr. Thomson  “The two organizations share a wonderful partnership centered around the common philosophy of delivering value—to professionals, organizations, and society.”

The New York event was so well received that IMA is exploring the possibilities of organizing other joint events, either in New York or with ACCA’s 10 other U.S. chapters.

“ACCA is immensely proud of the work it does alongside IMA. Both organizations have a long history of seeking innovations in finance and accounting, recognizing that a strong global profession needs to innovate to be relevant in a fast-changing world. I look forward to working closely with IMA in the future and I am confident that together we will make an excellent contribution to the development of the accountancy profession around the world,” said Ms. Brand.

To learn about the latest initiatives of the IMA/ACCA strategic partnership and recent joint research reports, visit the partnership web page at www.imanet.org/acca.

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