Maryland’s influence on the accounting and finance world is going global.

Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, a Baltimore native and former chair of the Maryland Association of CPAs’ Board of Directors who currently chairs the board at the American Institute of CPAs, has been named chair of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. That’s the global accounting organization formed by the joint venture between the AICPA and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

As the global accounting strategy director for Oracle America, Ellison-Taylor is no stranger to the global stage. That experience, combined with her intimate knowledge of the accounting and finance world, will serve her well in her new role.

“I am honored to serve our profession at such a pivotal time,” Ellison-Taylor said. “Technological innovation is disrupting our society, spurring demand for the higher value strategic guidance that CGMAs and CPAs offer to clients and businesses everywhere. In these extraordinary times, this association has united and strengthened our profession, creating boundless possibilities for the accountants of today and tomorrow.”

Ellison-Taylor has a long legacy of service to the profession. In addition to her work as AICPA and MACPA chair, she has served on the AICPA board for five years and was a member of the AICPA Business and Industry Executive Committee and AICPA Finance and Audit Committees, among other activities. She also has been recognized by Accounting Today as one of the 100 most influential people in the profession.

“Given her passion, drive, and commitment to advancing our profession, Kimberly is a natural for this new role,” said MACPA Executive Director Tom Hood, CPA. “Here in Maryland, we’ve known of Kimberly’s leadership ability for some time. Watching her take those skills to a global scale makes us even more Maryland-proud.”

Representing 650,000 CGMAs, CPAs and students from 179 countries, the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants exists to drive a dynamic accounting profession ready to meet the demands of an evolving world. It works to develop the tools, resources and insights its members need to help clients and businesses stay ahead in a volatile and rapidly changing business environment.

The association is governed by a board made up of CPAs and CGMAs responsible for overseeing strategies that advance the organization’s mission. The chairmanship rotates between the chairman of the AICPA and the president of CIMA. Ellison-Taylor succeeds Andrew Miskin, FCMA, CGMA, who is the immediate past president of CIMA.

Among the association’s board members is Anoop Mehta, president of Lanham, Md.-based Science Systems and Applications, Inc., and a former chair of the the MACPA’s Board of Directors.

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