Andrew Miskin has been named the inaugural chair of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the new global accounting organization created by the American Institute of CPAs and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Miskin is currently president of CIMA, a role he will continue to serve in.

Immediate past AICPA chair Tim Christen will serve as the new association’s inaugural vice chairman.

The new association will be established in early 2017, and is expected to represent more than 650,000 accountants worldwide. It was approved by a vote of the members of the AICPA and CIMA earlier this year (see “AICPA/CIMA Proposal Approved in Landslide”). (http://www.accountingtoday.com/news/firm-profession/aicpacima-proposal-approved-in-landslide-78441-1.html)

The new association will have a board of directors composed of CPAs and CGMAs, led by either the president of CIMA or the chairman of the AICPA on a rotating basis.

"The launch of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants is an extraordinary milestone in the evolution of the accounting profession,” Barry Melancon, president and CEO of the AICPA, who will also lead the association as CEO, said in a statement. “Andrew Miskin is the right person to take the helm as the first chair. He is a respected change agent with deep experience in accounting and a commitment to driving quality and value for businesses and economies around the world."

“These are exciting days for our profession. Technological changes are transforming business models and creating new ways of working, meaning that the world of finance and accounting contains new challenges and vast opportunities,” Miskin said. “The association will keep our members on the forefront of market need by providing the insight, skills and knowledge necessary to continue adapting and thriving. I am honored to be appointed first chair of the association and to be able to play a role in this evolution.”

A graduate of Cambridge, Miskin has held senior leadership roles across a number of organizations, including KPMG, IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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