Tom Hood, the former executive director and CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs (MACPA), is joining the AICPA as executive vice president of business growth and engagement.
A longtime veteran of the profession, Hood has been a thought leader among state CPA societies for decades since taking over at MACPA in 1997. In his new role at AICPA, he will engage with businesses, their leaders and their global networks to support the profession and grow the association’s understanding of their challenges and opportunities. Hood will also partner with Andrew Harding, AICPA’s chief executive of management accounting, to support professionals in obtaining their Chartered Global Management Credential (CGMA) and those working through the digital-first Finance Leadership Program.
“Tom’s vision and mission to help finance and accounting professionals grow in a changing business environment is well aligned with the association’s goals of powering trust, opportunity and prosperity for members, students, the profession and those they serve,” says AICPA CEO Barry Melancon. “Tom will add value to our engagement with businesses and the accounting and finance professions, increasing our understanding of the challenges they face and how to best meet their needs.”
In a related move, AICPA also announced that it has acquired the Business Learning Institute (BLI) from MACPA. Founded in 1999, BLI is a strategic learning partner and talent management consultancy for businesses and CPA firms worldwide. Hood will continue to provide leadership in supporting BLI’s clients, products and services throughout BLI’s integration with AICPA.
“I am excited to join Barry and his team at the association to continue making accounting and finance professionals around the world even more future ready and able to thrive in a global volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world,” says Hood.
Succeeding Hood as CEO at MACPA will be Jackie Brown, who has spent 40 years as part of the MACPA team and has served as its chief operating officer for the past 23 years.