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Baker Tilly US CEO elected chairman of the AICPA

Tim Christen, CEO of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, a US member firm, has been elected chairman of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).

Christen will continue to serve as CEO of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause until June 2016 a position he has held since 1999. He will be replaced by CEO-elect Alan Whitman.

"The accounting profession is at a critical point in its history," Christen said upon being elected. "Our profession needs to embrace change and move confidently towards the future to win the war for talent and remain in the best possible position to serve the public interest."

He highlighted the need to build the relevance of the profession by modernizing services, by adopting technology and increasing the speed at which professionals deliver services as well as through innovation.

"It also requires moving outside the walls of the CPA profession to become interconnected and invaluable business leaders. And it will mean creating an environment that nurtures our professionals so they can become true advisors to the clients and businesses they serve," Christen added.

Besides his role as a CEO, Christen currently serves on the Baker Tilly International Board of Directors, the North American Regional Advisory Council and chairs the Remuneration Committee.

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