AICPA Picks Eric Hansen as New Chair

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Oct 25, 2017

The AICPA governing council has chosen Eric Hansen, chief operating officer of BKD CPAs & Advisors, as its next chair. The Missouri CPA currently serves as the AICPA vice chair and as a board member of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, playing a critical role in the organization's launch over the past year. He was aso part of the AICPA Task Force on the Future of Learning and serves as a member of the institute’s Major Firms Group. He said that his main priorities include: 

  • * Harnessing technology to create more value for clients and businesses.The profession is already moving forward in such areas as blockchain, audit analytics and opportunities in cybersecurity risk assessment, Hansen noted, but more needs to be done. “Technology isn’t only about data,” he said. “It’s about making connections. It’s about empowering individuals and businesses to expand their scope of possibilities.”
  • * Extending the profession’s influence in a connected, global society. To protect the public interest and maintain the profession’s relevancy, it is essential for today’s leaders to look beyond definitions, demographics and geographic dimensions that once constrained the scope and reach of professional accountancy.
  • * Evolving professional skills, advancing learning opportunities and creating future leaders. It all comes down to one goal – investing in people. “We have to keep stepping up our game,” he said.

“The future is uncertain, and change is accelerating,” he said. “But if we’re early – if we have the courage to be bold and a bias for action – we’ll be prepared. As Harry Truman said, ‘Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.’”

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