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IMA Announces Leading Performers on CMA (Certified Management Accountant) Exam
January 16, 2014
Montvale, N.J., January 16, 2014 – ICMA® (Institute of Certified Management Accountants), the certification division of IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), today announced the most recent group of leading performers on its CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) examination, recognizing individuals in both the English and Simplified Chinese exam programs.
IMA’s globally recognized CMA program is a relevant assessment of advanced accounting and financial management knowledge in four critical areas: financial planning, analysis, control, and decision support. The CMA assures employers that an individual has mastered the knowledge and skills needed on the job today.
Of the 3,780 individuals who took the CMA exam in English during the September/October 2013 testing period, medals were awarded to the following individuals for their exceptional performance:
- Manuel Ruckstuhl of Allschwil, Switzerland, received the ICMA Gold Medal for achieving the highest exam score.
- Kimberly A. Thornburg of La Vergne, Tenn., received the ICMA Silver Medal for achieving the second-highest exam score.
- Martin Kopf of Oberndorf Am Neckar, Germany, received the ICMA Bronze Medal for achieving the third-highest exam score.
In addition, for the English exam in the September/October 2013 testing period, ICMA awarded Certificates of Distinguished Performance to the following: Adam Jon Bradley, Alexandria, Va.; Qinghua He, Glendale, Ariz.; Bradley Alan Hughes, Memphis, Tenn.; Varun Jain, Mumbai, India; Cory Lammie, Mars, Penn.; and Christopher Pai, Peoria, Ill. Philipp Andris of Haeursern, Germany, received the Priscilla S. Payne Student Performance Award for achieving the highest score as a student during this testing period.
"ICMA extends congratulations to these award recipients and acknowledges their superlative performance,” said Rick S. Thompson, CMA, CFM, CPA (N.C.), ICMA Board of Regents chair. “The geographic diversity of this testing-period’s winners points to the increasing reach of this globally recognized exam. We are particularly pleased to see the strong representation from Europe, where awareness of and demand for our certification is growing. By earning their CMA credential, all of these award recipients are improving their career outlook as well as contributing to the excellence of their respective organizations.”
Of the 1,177 individuals who took the two-part CMA exam in Simplified Chinese on August 3, 2013, ICMA recognized the following individuals:
- Yilan Ye of Chaoyang District, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, received the ICMA Gold Medal for achieving the highest exam score.
- Junli Zhu of Beijing, received the ICMA Silver Medal for achieving the second-highest exam score.
- Yanheng Chen of Fengtai, Beijing, received the ICMA Bronze Medal for achieving the third-highest exam score.
In addition, for the Simplified Chinese exam administered on August 3, 2013, ICMA awarded Certificates of Distinguished Performance to the following: Jie Ding, Shanghai; Dan Liu, Xicheng District, Beijing; Zhanpeng Tan, Guangzhou, Guangdong; Juan Wang, Beijing; and Fei Zhao, Xichen, Beijing. Mengdi Wang of Fengtai, Beijing, received the Priscilla S. Payne Student Performance Award for achieving the highest score as a student during this testing period.
Thompson said, “We are pleased to announce the award recipients for our Chinese-language CMA exam program, which has been experiencing exceptional demand. In particular, since introducing the two-part exam into Simplified Chinese, we have attracted a significant number of employees at state-owned enterprises in China. We expect this trend to continue as management accounting professionals in this region recognize the benefits of the program’s emphasis on sought-after skills such as financial planning, analysis, control, and decision support.”
Professionals holding IMA’s CMA credential earn an average of 32% more in total compensation compared to noncertified professionals, according to IMA’s 24th Annual Salary Survey, published in the June 2013 issue of Strategic Finance. On average, CMAs earn over $34,000 more than their noncertified peers. Follow this link to request a copy of the survey.
About IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)
IMA®, the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program, continuing education, networking, and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more than 65,000 members in 120 countries and 300 professional and student chapters. IMA provides localized services through its offices in Montvale, N.J., USA; Zurich, Switzerland; Dubai, UAE; and Beijing, China. For more information about IMA, please visit www.imanet.org.