The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA®) has named Sunil Deshmukh, CMA, as Chair of its Global Board of Directors for the 2025 fiscal year (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025). Deshmukh, who hails from India, is the first person from this region to assume the role.


Deshmukh, the first IMA Chair from India takes the helm for fiscal year 2025

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA®) announced the appointment of Sunil Deshmukh, CMA, as the Chair of IMA’s Global Board of Directors for the fiscal year 2025 (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025). Deshmukh, hailing from India, marks a significant milestone as the first Chair from this region.

In his role, Deshmukh aims to enhance IMA’s long-term stability while expanding into new markets and implementing the organisation’s new vision. He will prioritise fostering strategic partnerships and collaborations within the B2B sector and providing mentorship to IMA’s Senior Leadership Team.

“I am honoured to assume the senior volunteer position at IMA, especially as the first individual from India to do so,” said Deshmukh. “I look forward to contributing to the realisation of IMA’s strategic goals and delivering our products and services to our members and business professionals during my tenure.”

Deshmukh currently serves as a leadership and executive coach and strategy consultant, advising both for-profit and nonprofit organisations on leadership development, business strategy, and executive coaching. With over three decades of experience, he has worked extensively in consumer markets across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, focusing on business strategy, operational management, and board-level governance.

Deshmukh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Marathwada University in India, a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Symbiosis Law College at Pune University in India, and a Master’s Degree in Commerce from Pune University. He is a Fellow Member (FCMA) of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI), a Fellow Member (FCS) of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Directors (IOD) of India. Additionally, he is accredited as an ACC (Associate Certified Coach) with ICF USA and a Certified Executive Coach at Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching (MGSCC) USA. Deshmukh holds certifications in leadership from programs in the U.S., UK, and India, and he is a Certified Sustainability Professional (GCB-D) from Competent Boards.

A member of IMA since 2010, Deshmukh has served on the IMA Global Board since 2021 and earned his CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) credential in 2010.

About IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)

IMA® is renowned as one of the largest and most esteemed organisations dedicated exclusively to advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA promotes the profession through extensive research and by offering certification programs such as CMA® (Certified Management Accountant), CSCA® (Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis), and FMAA™ (Financial and Managerial Accounting Associate). It also provides continuing education networking opportunities and advocates for the highest ethical standards in business practices. Recognised twice as Professional Body of the Year by The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin, IMA boasts a global membership of approximately 140,000 professionals across 150 countries, supported by 350 professional and student chapters worldwide. Headquartered in Montvale, N.J., USA, IMA delivers localised services through its six global regions: The Americas, China, Europe, Middle East/North Africa, India, and Asia Pacific. For further details about IMA, visit

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