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IMA Names Enterprise Performance Management Expert Gary Cokins as Executive-in-Residence
October 22, 2013
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Montvale, N.J., October 22, 2013 – IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on the management accounting profession, has named Gary Cokins, CPIM, its new Executive-in-Residence. As a thought leader in enterprise performance management (EPM), business analytics and advanced cost management, Cokins will work with IMA on a variety of thought leadership initiatives, including the development of research reports, articles and learning webinars as well as participation in business development activities.
A longtime member of IMA, Cokins previously served on IMA’s Research Foundation and was most recently recognized with the organization’s inaugural Distinguished Member Award in June.
“Gary’s thought leadership aligns with IMA’s mission of serving the profession and ensuring the optimal performance of organizations, professionals, and ultimately, society,” said IMA President and CEO Jeff Thomson, CMA®, CAE. “We look forward to a productive working relationship,”
Cokins’ career spans 40 years as an internationally recognized expert, speaker and author in performance improvement systems, analytics and advanced cost management. Cokins, who earned a B.S. in industrial engineering from Cornell University in 1971 and an MBA from Northwestern University in 1974, began his career as a financial controller. He then entered the management consulting field with Deloitte Consulting in 1981. Later he worked with KPMG, where he was trained on activity-based costing (ABC) by Harvard Business School Professors Robert S. Kaplan and Robin Cooper. While at KPMG, he worked with Dr. David Norton on research that led to the development of the Balanced Scorecard.
In 1996, Cokins joined ABC Technologies, which was acquired in 2002 by SAS, a leading provider of EPM and business analytics software. Cokins served as principal consultant at SAS until 2012. He is currently founder and president of the consulting firm Analytics-Based Performance Management LLC.
“Organizations everywhere need better business intelligence information and improved access, which will enable effective decision making and analysis,” said Cokins. “As an advocate for progressive accounting practices, I’m excited to work with IMA to contribute to the profession in this area.”
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 chapter communities. 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.