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AICPA and CIMA appoint global head of ESG

Jeremy Osborn’s hire is said to represent the AICPA and CIMA’s continued commitment to provide all accounting and finance professionals with the resources, tools and skills they need to support the transition to more responsible practices

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants representing the unified voice of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), has announced the appointment of Jeremy Osborn, to the newly-created role of global head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) matters.

Osborn was previously a volunteer member of the Association’s corporate reporting and development panel and CIMA’s technical committee, which provides strategic guidance to the senior leadership team for management accounting. He has also been a member of CIMA since 2002 and a Fellow since 2012. 

In addition, he earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oxford in the history of the British Commonwealth and Empire, and holds an undergraduate degree in modern history from the same university.

Osborn’s hire is said to represent the AICPA and CIMA’s continued commitment to provide all accounting and finance professionals with the resources, tools and skills they need to support the transition to more responsible business practices, enhance the reliability of ESG-related disclosures and place long-term value creation at the heart of corporate activities and reporting.

In his new role, Osborn will reportedly lead the association’s ESG strategic initiative, which will enhance the broad skill sets of global accounting, auditing and finance professionals, positioning the organisation as the leading voice, influencer and thought leader as sustainability-related financial disclosure reporting standards are crafted and implemented.

He will be based in London and report to Ash Noah, the association’s vice president and managing director for management accounting.

Noah said: “This is a key strategic area for our association and the global accountancy profession. Jeremy has deep experience in ESG, a strong record of accomplishment and direct experience of engaging with the relevant stakeholders in this category. 

“The main focus of his job will be to help both our management accounting and public accounting professionals integrate ESG matters into their strategy, operations and reporting.”

Osborn added: “Working for the world’s largest and most influential accounting organisation is a great opportunity for me to help move the needle on ESG management, measurement and reporting, which provide sustainable foundations for long-term value creation by organisations. I’m really excited to get started.”

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