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CalCPA board names new chair

Christie Simons has outlined her key priorities as utilizing technology, making the profession more diverse, equitable and inclusive, and expanding the CPA student pipeline

The CalCPA board of directors has named Christie Simons, CPA, as its new chair during its annual members’ business meeting. 

Simons is an Audit and Assurance partner at Deloitte and Touche LLP, and in her new role, will focus her term on helping members grow in the “new-normal” as businesses re-open throughout California. 

She has outlined her key priorities as utilizing technology, making the profession more diverse, equitable and inclusive, and expanding the CPA student pipeline.

Simons has more than 26 years of experience serving global technology clients with accounting and advisory services. 

She is a specialist in serving fast growing, dynamic venture-backed companies and large global publicly listed technology clients with external audit services and consulting services for technical accounting, IPO and SOX readiness matters. 

She was recently named Deloitte’s US Industry Leader for Technology, Media and Telecommunications, and has also received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Colorado. 

Simons has been a member of CalCPA since 2018 and was previously first vice chair of the CalCPA board of directors. She has been a member of AICPA since 2006, and was an audit committee member of the Silicon Valley American Leadership Forum (ALF) from 2013 to 2019. 

Simons said: “As the demographics of the population of America changes over to Millennials, Generation Z and Generation Alpha, CalCPA has an opportunity to be proactive and get out in front of these changes by working with educators, students and our non-licensed members—especially as students consider becoming accountants and prepare for new CPA Exam requirements starting in 2024.

“Underpinning my strategic platform will be supporting diversity and inclusion to better recruit, engage and mentor students, as well as helping the profession understand new technologies to create prosperity and growth as the nation re-opens from Covid-19.”

CalCPA interim CEO Rich Simitian, CPA said: “Simons’ experience as both a partner and a CPA at one of the nation’s largest accounting firms located in the global center for high technology and innovation and her engagement as both an executive and volunteer leader of CalCPA gives her the needed skills and experience to assist both the nation’s largest CPA state society and its membership with solutions and tools as CPA firms re-open.

“Christie Simons’ talent and experience as a CPA, partner and consultant to the technology industry, together with her remarkable and renowned leadership, make her uniquely qualified to assume this important position for CalCPA and our profession.”

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