CGMA CAREER CASE STUDIES
 

CGMA professionals are bringing value to organisations throughout the world. Combining financial expertise and business insight, they have a globally recognised skill set that helps them attain career success and drive strong business performance.

We asked CGMA designation holders about their career and the value they bring to business. Find out how the CGMA community around the world is achieving global business success.

Aidan Goddard, FCMA, CGMA

Aidan Goddard FCMA, CGMA
Chief Financial and Operating Officer at L’Occitane en Provence

As a CGMA designation holder, Aidan’s skill set is globally transferable and his career path has taken him around the world.

Today his responsibilities cover finance, IT, supply chain and HR functions across the entire Asia Pacific region.

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Ray Murphy, FCMA, CGMA

Ray Murphy FCMA, CGMA
Head of Sales Analytics and Intelligence, Global SMB Revenue at Google 

Becoming a management accountant was a critical first step in the journey that landed Ray Murphy a job at Google.

From Armagh in Northern Ireland, Ray started out with a role in marketing analytics at Tesco, one of the world’s largest retailers with over 530,000 staff in 12 markets.

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Grace Guo, ACMA, CGMA

Grace Guo, ACMA, CGMA
Learning and Development Leader at Ernst & Young

After starting out as an audit assistant at EY, Grace now manages a team of 50, whose remit covers over 11,000 staff in the Greater China region.

Grace finds the skills and training acquired as a CGMA are transferrable to her work designing and delivering training programmes for staff across the region.

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David Carlisle, CPA, CGMA

David Carlisle, CPA, CGMA
Managing Director at CPACVA

Whilst enjoying a varied career, including serving in the US military and holding multiple roles in finance, David expanded on his CPA training to develop managerial skills that got him to where he is today.

Now, as Managing Director of his own company, David uses his CGMA skill set and years of experience to offer crisis management for businesses that need help getting back on track.

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Mark Biersmith, CPA, CGMA

Mark Biersmith, CPA, CGMA
Executive Officer and Option Holder at Managing Innovation and Technology (MINT) Inc.

Throughout his career, Mark has been involved in corporate acquisitions, raised US$3.5 billion equity and debt (including through two public offerings) and successfully completed a number of rating agency appeals. 

As a CGMA, Mark finds his skill set a crucial asset in delivering the range of activities for which he is responsible and gives him a global outlook that landed him his current role as executive officer at MINT.

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Chari TVT, ACMA, CGMA

Chari TVT, ACMA, CGMA
Group Chief Financial Officer at Celcom Axiata Bhd

Having begun his career in finance as an Indian CPA, Chari developed his academic learning to better understand business and gain global recognition by becoming a CGMA. 

Now, as group chief financial officer of the second largest telecommunications operator in Malaysia, Chari uses his skill set every day to set a suitable course of action for the future.

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