Jeffrey Thomson

Jeffrey C. Thomson, CMA, CAE

Since becoming president and CEO of IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) in 2008, Jeffrey C. Thomson has led the development of a strategy resulting in IMA becoming one of the fastest-growing accounting associations in the world, with nearly 305 growth in its CMA program and more than 300 student and professional chapters.


During his previous position as IMA’s vice president of research, Thomson conducted research studies, authored numerous articles and a book, delivered dozens of presentations, and provided testimony to the U.S. Congress in the areas of risk management, internal controls, and corporate governance.  He served as a COSO board member from 2006 to December 2011, during a period when COSO experience growth in influential thought-leader pieces and launched the internal controls refresh initiative.


Prior to joining IMA, Thomson worked at AT&T for more than two decades, serving in various financial, strategic, and operational roles.  One of these roles included serving as the strategic CFO for an $18 billion business unit.


Thomson was included in Accounting Today’s annual “Top 100 Most Influential People List” for the last four years.  He was also named by Trust Across America as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” for six straight years, and was honored with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin recognized Thomson in its Global Accountancy Power 50 lsit of leading influencers.