As president and chief executive of the Institute of Management Accountants for the past three years, Paul Sharman has worked to establish a new direction for the association.Sharman’s ultimate goal is to reposition management accountants at the forefront of the accountancy profession, and in recent years the IMA has focused on advancing the management accounting and finance profession through certification, superior professional ethical standards and competence-based continuing education.

In an exchange with WebCPA, Sharman discussed the recent proposals from the Securities and Exchange Commission and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to make changes to the internal control provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and offered a capsule of the issues the IMA hopes to tackle in the New Year.

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