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Walsh College Hosts IMA President and CEO Thomson at Student Success Series Forum

Jeffrey C. Thomson, president and CEO, Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), will be the featured speaker at the Walsh College Student Success Series at 4:45 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, in room 199, Barry Center, Walsh College Troy campus, 3838 Livernois Road.

The event is free and is open to Walsh alumni and the general public. Registration is requested at

The Walsh Student Success Speaker Series provides opportunities to network with outstanding business leaders who offer business experiences, stories, and life lessons.

Thomson will update Walsh students on current and future trends in the accounting profession, career paths, and professional certification. IMA is the leading worldwide association of accountants and financial professionals working in business. It represents more than 70,000 members who work in public and private corporations, academia, and not-for-profit institutions.

Accounting Today honored Thomson with his inclusion in the publication’s annual “Top 100 Most Influential People List” in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin recognized Thomson in its “Global Accountancy Power 50” list of leading influencers. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Certified Association Executive (CAE).

Prior to joining IMA, 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 chief financial officer for business sales, an $18 billion revenue operation.

“The IMA encourages high standards for the accounting profession and offers superior support for its practitioners,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College. “We are honored that Jeffrey will discuss important trends, principles, and values in the profession directly with Walsh students on our campus.”

Thomson was also named by Trust as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” for the past four years in a row. The award celebrates professionals, including CEOs, educators, researchers and other experts, who are elevating societal trust and transforming how organizations conduct business.

Shortly after assuming his role as president and CEO of IMA in 2008, Thomson introduced IMA’s Global Core Values, solidifying the association’s reputation as a trustworthy and valuable business partner. Strengthened by Thomson’s commitment to ethical behavior, IMA has grown in size, influence and respect while pursuing partnerships that serve the public interest.

Thomson holds a master’s degree in statistics from Montclair State University, received a certificate in finance and accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and completed the Columbia University Senior Executive Leadership Program. In 2008, he participated in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management Certificate Program in Innovation.

His Walsh appearance is supported by the College’s Accounting and Tax Student Organization.