The 70,000-member Institute of Management Accountants has appointed interim executive director Paul A. Sharman to the post of president and chief executive, effective immediately. In that role, Sharman will be responsible for overseeing all IMA operations and initiatives in the United States and abroad. Sharman has served as the IMA's interim executive director since January 2004. Prior to joining the IMA, Sharman, a certified management accountant, spent 17 years as an independent cost and performance management consultant, serving with such global concerns as AT&T, Citibank, DuPont, Hewlett-Packard and the U.S. Army. He also served as a controller at communications conglomerate Nortel. As interim ED, Sharman spearheaded the IMA's investment in a major market research initiative and a credentialing evaluation that examined 13 different areas of the Certified Management Accountant and Certified Financial Manager credentials. He also helped drive the IMA's professional research efforts to develop standards, best practices and support tools for management accountants and financial executives, and he adopted four board standing committees, including governance, planning and development, performance oversight and external/member relations.

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