The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) has announced that Tom Hood has joined the organization as executive vice president, business growth and engagement where he will report to CEO Barry Melancon.
Hood will be partnering with Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA, the association’s chief executive of management accounting, to further professionalise management accounting and support professionals in Charter Global Management Accountant (CGMA credential).
This includes the digital-first Finance Leadership Program, an online learning program that teaches candidates the finance, business, people and leadership skills needed to succeed in finance teams of the future.
In addition to Hood’s appointment, the association has acquired the Business Learning Institute (BLI) from MACPA. The acquisition of BLI’s many learning programs will enhance the association’s offerings to corporate employers in “upskilling and reskilling” their employees so they continue to meet ever-changing marketplace demands.
Together, AICPA and BLI will accelerate the introduction of new, innovative content for accounting and finance professionals globally. Hood will continue to provide leadership in supporting BLI’s clients, products and services throughout BLI’s integration with the Association.
Commenting on Hood’s appointment, Melancon said: “Tom’s vision and mission to help finance and accounting professionals grow in a changing business environment is well aligned with the Association’s goals of powering trust, opportunity and prosperity for members, students, the profession and those they serve.
“He brings energy, insight, enthusiasm and a unique ability to facilitate connections. Tom will add value to our engagement with businesses and the accounting and finance professions, increasing our understanding of the challenges they face and how to best meet their needs.”
Hood will reportedly use his “extensive connections”, influence, experience and “passion” for the accounting and finance profession to engage with businesses, their leaders and their global networks.
He has been a long time thought leader and driver of change among state CPA societies, both as a volunteer chair and, since 1997, as CEO of MACPA. He received the AICPA Special Recognition Award for his contributions to the profession leading the CPA Vision Project in 2003.
In addition to his CPA license, Hood has obtained the CGMA credential and the AICPA Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) certification. He is a graduate of Loyola College (B.A. in Accounting) and has a Master’s in Finance (Real Estate) from Johns Hopkins University.
Hood said: “I am excited to join Barry and his team at the Association to continue making accounting and finance professionals around the world even more future ready and able to thrive in a global volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. The BLI team is looking forward to coming together as part of the Association to leverage our combined strengths, reach and scale.”