Baker Tilly’s CEO Tim Christen Becomes Chairman of the AICPA

Tim Christen, Baker Tilly International board director and Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) chairman and CEO, has been elected the new chairman of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the world’s largest member organisation representing the accounting profession.

“The accounting profession is at a critical point in its history,” said Christen. “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.”

“Tim is the right person at the right time to serve as chairman of the AICPA. He is a thoughtful and visionary leader who has the ideas needed to move the profession forward,” said Baker Tilly’s CEO-elect Alan Whitman. “The chairman role reflects his passion for our profession and his passion for mentoring and developing others.”

“It is important that we build the relevance of the profession by modernising services by adopting technology and increasing the speed at which we deliver our services and innovate,” Christen added.

“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,” noted Christen.

Christen has been Baker Tilly’s CEO since 1999. He is actively engaged with Baker Tilly International and other member firms in the Baker Tilly International network. He currently serves on the Baker Tilly International Board of Directors and the North American Regional Advisory Council.

The AICPA is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 412,000 members in 144 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. The AICPA represents the CPA profession nationally regarding rule-making and standard-setting, and serves as an advocate before legislative bodies, public interest groups and other professional organisations.