“Management accountants must learn to speak in the language of the business to be better business partners.”
Interview with Peter Simons, BBS, MBA, ACMA, Technical Specialist at CIMA’s Education Department, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
ZfCM: Dear Mr Simons, the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA), founded in 1919, has become one of the worldwide leading associations for management accountants. The association comprises more than 183,000 members in over 168 countries around the world. This provides great potential for developing the way management accountants are portrayed in business. How would you describe the development of CIMA over the last decades, and how would you compare it to the development of the management accountant?
Simons: CIMA qualifies professionals who meet employers’ needs of their in-house accountants both as financial accountants and in supporting management to improve their organisation’s performance and sustain its success.
The world of business is constantly evolving and CIMA continues to develop its qualification in anticipation...