By Deanna C. White
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the world's largest association representing the accounting profession, has named Lawson Carmichael as senior vice president for strategy, people, and innovation.
In this role, Carmichael will lead the AICPA's strategic planning activities and oversee the Human Resources and Office of Strategy Management team. Additionally, he will be responsible for leading market research and product and services innovation. He will report directly to AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon.
"I am pleased to welcome Lawson to the AICPA", said Melancon. "His strong leadership and extensive experience make him uniquely qualified to head our business strategy initiatives and oversee our human capital management."
Prior to joining the AICPA, Carmichael worked for Deloitte as director of corporate strategy. He previously held a number of strategy and innovation leadership positions. In these roles, he was responsible for leading business unit growth strategies, developing long-term corporate strategic positioning, maximizing profit opportunities, and building and sustaining talent.
Prior to Deloitte, Carmichael served as managing director for Proxicom, a global e-business consulting firm. He also held the position of senior director at Premier, Inc., an alliance of health care providers delivering strategic consulting and supply-chain solutions in the United States.
Carmichael said he is excited to join the AICPA's talented leadership team and looks forward to building on the rich 125-year history of the AICPA.
"In my position, I will be focused on driving strategy to deliver innovative products and services to help our members continue to meet the needs of their clients and employers in a rapidly changing world, further leveraging technology, and enhancing the reputation and value of the CPA and CGMA around the world", Carmichael said.
Carmichael holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Towson University and a certification in financial management from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
Carmichael will be based in the AICPA's Durham, North Carolina, office.