Sustained Growth and a Culture of Service Highlight IMA’s Fiscal Year 2018

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Amid a transformative time in the management accounting profession, IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) enjoyed a year of sustained growth, helping members succeed as technology continues to reshape and define their work.

Highlights of Fiscal Year 2018 (July 2017 through June 2018) are summarized in IMA’s Annual Review, “Leading in the Digital Age,” available for download on IMA’s website. The report features commentary from then-Chair of IMA’s Global Board of Directors Alex C. Eng, CMA, CFM, CPA; and IMA President and CEO Jeff Thomson, CMA, CSCA, CAE.

Among the key achievements of the past year, IMA:

  • Reached 100,000 members for the first time in its history
  • Realized sustained growth in the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program with more than 39,000 new CMA candidates (up 51 percent compared to last year) and 6,000 new CMAs
  • Introduced a specialty credential, the CSCA® (Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis)
  • Launched new educational products and services focused on digitization
  • Earned recognition as the 2017 Professional Body of the Year by The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin

“It’s a transformative time in our profession,” said Thomson. “Robotics, artificial intelligence and data analytics are not passing trends. Every business must pivot towards technology and that requires the support of a community. That community is IMA. As IMA renews its commitment to prepare its members for the changing demands of the profession, specifically seizing the opportunities presented by technology, I am confident growth will continue.”

Thomson also noted how the CMA program continues to be “the most respected, trusted and fastest-growing certification for management accounting. It provides upward advancement to individuals and a deeper bench of expertise for organizations.”

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