Top CMA and CFM Performers Announced

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The Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA), the certification division of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), on Wednesday announced the top scoring performers for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Financial Manager (CFM) examinations for the Winter 2006 period.

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“IMA congratulates these top-performing professionals, not only for their outstanding performance, but for their commitment to building their capabilities and advancing the management accounting profession,” Paul Sharmann, IMA president and CEO said in the prepared announcement. “Our CMA and CFM credentials are internationally recognized across all industries and are the appropriate standards for professionals working in industry.”

From a pool of more than 4,000 examinations taken during the Winter 2006 period, eleven outstanding professionals are being recognized. For the CMA exam, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded to the top three scores, as well as Certificates of Distinguished Performance and Student Performance Awards. For the CFM exam, Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals were awarded. Medals awarded to CMA exam performers are sponsored by Proctor & Gamble, and the medals for the highest scores on the CFM exam are sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.

The winners of this year’s awards program include:

CMA Winners

  • Thorsten Pruin of Oberursel Hessen, Germany, employed by Kloeber GmbH & Co KG, received the Proctor & Gamble Gold Medal for achieving the highest score on the CMA exam.

  • Jinping Zhu of York, Penn., employed by Voith Siements Hydro Power, received the Proctor & Gamble Silver Medal for achieving the second-highest score on the CMA exam.

  • Esteban V. Koosau of Hoboken, New Jersey, employed by Johnson & Johnson, received the Proctor & Gamble Bronze Medal for achieving the third-highest score on the CMA exam.

  • Jason B. Jiskoot of Waterloo, Iowa, a student at the University of Northern Iowa, received the Student Performance Award as the student who scored the highest on the CMA exam.

  • Mark Christian Neil L. Dimal of Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines; Thomas S. Pavlik of Jacksonville, Fla.; Markus Hans of Grossostheim, Bavaria, Germany; Matt C. Cedergren of San Jose, Calif.; and Jia You of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, each received a Certificate of Distinguished Performance for achieving a superior score on the CMA exam.

CFM Winners

  • Ben G. Zoutendijk of Cumming, Georgia, employed by B.R. Chamberlain & Sons, Inc. received the Johnson & Johnson Gold Medal for achieving the highest score on the CFM exam.

  • Jing Zhou of Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, employed by Fortune SGAM Fund Management Ltd., received the Johnson & Johnson Silver Medal for achieving the second-highest score on the CFM exam.

The CMA certification is a comprehensive credentialing program that assesses competency in the management accounting and financial management body of knowledge, which represents a broad range of controllership knowledge and skill. Subject matter of the four-part exam includes economics, corporate finance, cost management, internal controls, performance measurement, financial reporting, decision analysis, organization management and strategic planning, with a strong emphasis on ethics. IMA’s recent Job Analysis Study confirms that the
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The CFM program provides professionals involved with corporate cash management, financing and investment decisions, and risk management with a means of further demonstrating an expanded skill set. The exam provides an in-depth measure of competence in areas such as financial statement analysis, working capital policy, capital structure, valuation issues and risk management.

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