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New Executive Education for Digital Controllers

New program enables finance professionals to lead digital transformation

Executive Education for Digital Controlling

WHU together with the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (The Association) launched its new Digital Controlling Program today to help controllers and finance professionals drive digital transformation in their organizations. The COVID pandemic has proved how critically important technology is to help businesses survive and thrive. Key to this in many organizations is the ability of its controllers and finance professionals to embrace a digital transformation skill set to analyze information, guide strategy, and drive successful decision making.

“Without a digital mindset and the respective competencies, controllers and finance professionals put their careers at risk,” says Professor Dr. Utz Schäffer, Director of the Institute of Management Accounting & Control of WHU. “The new practice-oriented executive education program is WHU’s answer to the upheavals and challenges currently disrupting today’s economy. Executives with a background in the finance function will acquire the competencies and tools they need to successfully steer their companies through digital transformation," explains Utz Schäffer, who is also the Faculty Director of the program. To enable participants to take a leading role in their own companies’ digital transformation, the program provides participants with technology-related competencies and, at the same time, with a focus on the development of agile, entrepreneurial, and customer-oriented mindsets. The program language will be English.

The WHU Executive Education program, which is offered in cooperation with the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, will start in April 2021. The Association combines the strengths of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), which supports 650,000 finance and accounting professionals and students worldwide.

While focusing on digital transformation in financial controlling in their curriculum, participants will also benefit from insights into digital business models, innovations, leadership, and agile thinking. The program will take place at WHU Campus Düsseldorf with complementary e-learning courses provided by the  Association. "The Association and WHU have been cooperating successfully for several years now, and we are guided by the feedback of our participants in our course design. We are continuously striving to develop relevant, topical content that measures up to the new digital requirements financial experts are currently faced with," adds Jakub Bejnarowicz, Regional Director Europe at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

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The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants:

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) is the most influential body of professional accountants, combining the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power trust, opportunity and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 650,000 members and students across 179 countries and territories in public and management accounting, and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMAs, and accounting and finance professionals globally.