Barry MelanconChair of the Board at IIRC
Barry C. Melancon is the CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the most influential body of professional accountants in the world with 667,000 + members and students. Formed in 2017, it combines the strengths of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), which Melancon also leads as President & CEO.
In 2016, Melancon led a process for members of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to combine. The effort was supported by more than 85% of the members voting. The combined entity has 33 offices in 23 countries and more than 1200 staff, all under Melancon’s direction.
Melancon joined the AICPA in 1995 when he was 37 years old, and is now the longest serving CEO in the organization’s 131-year history. Under his tenure, the AICPA has grown to become the largest membership body of CPAs in the world and has spearheaded a number of initiatives to benefit not only the profession, but also investors, business owners, lenders and the general public. These include audit quality centers; private company reporting standards; eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL); the computerized CPA exam; and two consumer financial literacy education programs.
Under Melancon’s leadership in 2011, the AICPA formed a joint venture with CIMA to elevate management accounting globally. They created the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation for those professionals who meet the highest benchmark of rigor and quality. Today, approximately 150,000 professionals hold the CGMA designation worldwide. In its combined state, its mission is to drive a dynamic accounting profession around the world that powers trust, opportunity and prosperity. Melancon was named the Association’s first CEO.