IMA operates under the leadership of its President and Chief Executive Officer. This position is appointed by the Board of Directors.
Jeffrey C. Thomson, CMA, CAE is president and CEO of IMA, one of the largest and most respected global associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. He has been CEO since 2008. IMA has more than 65,000 members in 120 countries, with a network of 300 professional and student chapters around the world.
In 2009, Mr. Thomson led IMA through a strategic turnaround which resulted in attracting more than 5,500 new IMA members (up nine percent) and nearly 12,000 new CMA (Certified Management Accountant) candidates (81 percent growth) in the face of a recession. The strategic initiative included the launch of the new CMA exam, a new visual identity for the IMA and CMA brands, the implementation of a major enterprise technology system, and establishment of new IMA Core Values, serving as guideposts to the IMA strategic theme of “creating value, through values.” Today, IMA is growing around the world in terms of respect, influence and membership, with the CMA program being one of the fastest growing accounting certifications in the world.
Prior to joining IMA, Mr. 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.
Committed to promoting ethical leadership and values in business, Mr. Thomson contributed a chapter to “Trust Inc.: Strategies for Building Your Company's Most Valuable Asset,” entitled Trust: The Uncommon Denominator in an Uncommon Business World. An author of numerous trade articles, Mr. Thomson has conducted research and spoken globally on a variety of topics, including financial leadership, enterprise risk management, internal controls, IFRS, business performance management, strategic costing methods, lean accounting, strategic planning, and competitive analysis. He has delivered testimony on Sarbanes-Oxley internal controls legislation to the U.S. Congress, and served on the COSO Board of Directors for more than five years.
Mr. 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 is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). In June, 2013 Mr. Thomson also earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential.
Mr. Thomson was honored by Accounting Today by being included in the publication’s annual “Top 100 Most Influential People List” in 2010, 2012 and 2013. He was also named by Trust Across America as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” in 2012 and 2013.
Joseph (“Joe”) A. Vincent is IMA Chair-Elect for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. He also serves as chair of IMA’s Planning and Development Committee and Chair of the Nominating Committee.
Mr. Vincent is a financial executive with more than 30 years of leading-edge medical device manufacturing and distribution experience, including 10 years of experience as CFO of a $55M public company. He most recently served during the last six years as general manager of Dixtal Medical, Inc., in Wallingford, Conn.
He has dedicated many years of volunteer service to IMA, including completing a three-year term as chair of the ICMA Board of Regents. He has been an active member of IMA at the local, regional, and global levels since 1974. He was a national vice president in 1994-1995, and served on the Finance Committee, as chair of the Pension Subcommittee, as a member of the Board of Directors, and an earlier term on the Board of Regents (1999-2006). He also represented the IMA on a visit to Beijing and Shanghai in 2010. Mr. Vincent is a former recipient of the Financial Executive of the Year Award in the Northeast, sponsored by IMA and AOC. He currently serves on the IMA Global Board of Directors’ Governance Committee and serves as Board liaison to IMA’s Committee on Ethics.
William F. Knese, CMA, CFM, CPA is IMA Chair for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. He also serves as chair of IMA’s Governance Committee.
Mr. Knese’s management accounting career spans 30 years. A seasoned financial executive, he has comprehensive finance and accounting experience in both corporate and operations financial management at public and private companies. He joined Angus Industries in 2000 as vice president and chief financial officer. In 2004, he was named vice president of finance and administration, chief financial officer, and is responsible for finance, accounting, tax, audit, risk management, ESOP, legal matters, and the corporate secretary function. Mr. Knese earned a BA in English from St. John’s University and an MBA from St. Cloud State University.
During his years of service with IMA, Mr. Knese served as chair of the Performance Oversight and Audit Committee, as a member of the Governance and Planning and Development Committees, and chair of the ICMA Board of Regents. Mr. Knese is also a member of Financial Executives International, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Illinois CPA Society. In 2010, he was appointed to and served as a member of the AICPA/FAF/NASBA Blue Ribbon Panel on Private Company Financial Reporting.
Benjamin R. Mulling, CMA, CPA, CITP is Chair-Elect of IMA’s Global Directors for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. He also serves as chair of IMA’s Planning and Development Committee and Chair of the Nominating Committee.
Mr. Mulling is Chief Financial Officer of TENTE Casters, Inc., of Hebron, Ky., a multinational manufacturer of mobility solutions to the institutional and medical markets. He assumed this position in 2008 at age 28. Prior to this position, he was the company’s controller.
Mr. Mulling has a long history of leadership with IMA, beginning with his service on IMA’s inaugural Young Professionals Committee in 2008. Since then, he has served three terms on IMA’s Global Board of Directors, on IMA’s Planning and Development Committee, and as chair of the Performance Oversight and Audit Committee. In addition, he supports the profession as an adjunct instructor of management accounting at Indiana Wesleyan University and Xavier University, and he helped establish an onsite CMA review course at Xavier University.
Mr. Mulling received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Northern Kentucky University and his MBA from Liberty University.
Athba Majeed currently serves as finance manager at Baker Hughes International, where she is responsible for revenue recognition criteria, receivable maintenance, and contract reviews for the company’s Middle East region. Prior to that, she worked for eight years in Abu Dhabi and Dubai at Schlumberger Limited, a leading oilfield services provider, holding various positions, including fiscal and tax, management accounting, and financial management for new business activity in Iraq.
Ms. Majeed graduated from the University of Jordan with a major in Accounting.
An IMA member since 2005, Ms. Majeed has served as a session speaker and workshop leader at IMA’s Global Conference in Dubai and at IMA’s Annual Conference & Exposition in the U.S.
" Getting the opportunity to be part of an elite organization like the IMA was a privilege by itself; and serving in the board of directors of such organization is simply another high level in my career journey. I got this opportunity to be part of the global board of directors for the IMA for the period of 2012-2014; and now serving for the next coming period as well (2014-2016). The chances of being a proactive member in such organization had added a lot to my career in general and to my personal perspective as well. The amount of networking and exposure in all levels had gave me the stability and confidence in the future; taking part in making the future for the next generation of the management accountants is a unique experience that the IMA gave me in which there is nothing like it! I had gained a family where I have members to support me from all around the globe, and it really gave a meaning to the diversified organization we are proudly part of "
Mr. Echhade’s career in public accounting and advisory services spans 30 years. Currently, he serves as the leader of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Family Business Sector at Ernst & Young in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he works with multinational and major regional family business groups. Prior to that, Mr. Echhade managed major projects pertaining to assurance, due diligence investigations, mergers, business valuations, and restructurings.
In addition to being a CMA, Mr. Echhade is also a CPA, a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). A frequent speaker on topics such as risk, fraud, and corporate governance. Mr. Echhade serves on the IMA Planning and Development Committee and the IMA Governance Committee. He also has been elected a member of IMA’s Advisory Committee to the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and a member of the Professional Standards Committee of the Texas Society of CPAs.
“It is a great honor and privilege to serve on the IMA Global Board of Directors. This is unique opportunity to be a member of a highly motivated , fully engaged , well diversified and experienced group of dedicated and committed professionals that are united with the primary motive to serve the IMA community . It also provides a great venue to learn and share thoughts and views on very important agenda topics relating to the long term objectives and strategies of the organization . The experience that I gained , the knowledge that I learned and the friendships that I have developed by serving on the Board have significant value and deep impact on my career and future outlook.”
Solaiman Altwaijri serves as CEO of Amiantit Group, a leading manufacturer of pipes, joints, fittings, tanks, and rubber with approximately 100 companies and regional offices worldwide and headquartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Prior to joining Amiantit in 2008, Dr. Altwaijri held numerous other management and finance-related positions, including director of shared services for Zajoul for Advanced Communication in Riyadh.
Dr. Altwaijri earned his B.S. in Accounting from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, KSA. He holds an M.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in Accounting from Case Western Reserve University.
In addition to being a CMA, Dr. Altwaijri is a CPA (Illinois), a Certified Internal Auditor, and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. He serves on the boards of numerous companies and organizations in the KSA and around the world. He also has extensive experience as a trainer for CMA, CPA, and CIA review courses.
“As an IMA Global Board member, I can add a general international and a specific GCC perspective to the issues discussed. In addition, I'll do my best to attract accountants from my area to become IMA members and then CMAs. As I am certified by several accounting organizations and a leader of a publicly listed medium size company, I know the value of a certification in general and CMA specifcally. The existence of the IMA in our area should be improved by our collective efforts. As board members, we should use our resources and the IMA and its local chapters to improve the acceptance and reputation of the IMA.”
Mr. Atul Kumar Agarwal serves as Chief Financial Officer of MedPlus Health Services Pvt. Limited, India. Mr. Agarwal has more than two decades of working experience in multiple organizations in India and internationally encompassing industries like engineering, steel, cement , Information technology, IT enabled services, palm oil, alco-beverages and retail. He has worked in the areas of Business and Corporate finance that included business planning, capital structuring, budgeting, creation of business support system , corporate funding , working capital management, M&A, financial process outsourcing besides GAAP reporting. Amongst other activities, he has been responsible for HR and commercial activities. He has chaired performance committees and advised boards on matters of corporate performance and governance. Besides being a permanent invitee on boards of various organizations, he also worked as Finance Director & and member of board of Ab-InBev (India Operations).
Mr. Agarwal is a Bachelor of Commerce (Calcutta University), qualified Management Accountant (Member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India) and a Certified Management Accountant (Member of Institute of Management Accountants - USA). He has done the Senior Management program (SMP) from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and is an alumnus of the institute.
"Being in the IMA Global Board of directors is just not being a part of a prestigious global Institution but is being associated with a mission that enables and empowers businesses across the globe and with a vision to impart knowledge of management accountancy that would enable them to run with the right tools that would aid right decisions, help them predict their growth and run them in a sustained manner. I am very excited to see how we, as management accountants could bring a change to the world by changing the business environment making it more efficient, better governed, improving the use & generation of capital and thereby changing the lives of people for the better."