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May 18, 2022

AICPA chair identifies areas of focus

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has appointed Anoop Natwar Mehta as its chair. He will also serve as chair of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, which represents both AICPA and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Mehta, who currently serves as chief strategist of the aerospace firm Analytical Mechanical Associates (AMA), was elected to the one-year AICPA volunteer post by the organisations governing council.

Along with Mehta’s appointment, Okorie Ramsey, was voted in as the AICPA’s vice chair. Ramsey currently serves as vice president of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals.

Mehta set out three areas of focus:

  1. Helping others to grow professionally and personally. The profession must adopt a people-first approach that encourages mutual support, lifelong learning and personal development. “People should be at the centre of our practices and decisions, large and small, the chief focus for where we want the profession to go,” he said.
  2. Diversifying the pipeline of new accountants.  Projects such as CPA Evolution, a new model for licensure, and new apprenticeships for CGMA candidates, will help. But the profession also must set and track progress toward DEI goals to ensure accountability, he said.  He vowed to visit as many high schools and colleges as he can during his tenure to talk up the profession.
  3. Preserving trust in the profession. Mehta cited the profession’s recent role in economic recovery and business relief, and described how that’s built trust with clients and the public.

Mehta served for the past year as the AICPA’s vice chair and has held several other volunteer posts, including roles as a member of the AICPA Board of Directors, the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants Board of Directors, the AICPA Business and Industry Executive Committee, the AICPA Political Action Committee and AICPA Council.

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