Baker Tilly CEO Tim Christen Recognized as Top Influencer

CHICAGO  – Accounting Today has named Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) CEO Tim Christen to its 2015 list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in tax and accounting, a group that features thought leaders and change agents shaping the future of the profession.

Christen was recognized for “being the widely admired head of a very successful Top 20 firm, [and for] stepping up this year as volunteer chair of the [American Institute of Certified Public Accountants], bringing a long history of service to the profession.”

“I’m honored to be among such an esteemed group of leaders,” said Christen. “To me, this recognition is a reflection of the commitment of Baker Tilly’s team members to be Valued Business Advisors to our clients. It is their dedication that has enabled our firm‘s growth and has helped our clients achieve their business goals."

Christen began his career at Baker Tilly in 1980, becoming the firm’s CEO in 1999. Christen is actively engaged with Baker Tilly International and other member firms in The Baker Tilly International network. He currently serves on the Baker Tilly International Board of Directors, the North American Regional Advisory Council and chairs the Remuneration Committee.

Christen is also set to assume the role of chairman of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 412,000 members in 144 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. The AICPA represents the CPA profession nationally regarding rule-making and standard-setting, and serves as an advocate before legislative bodies, public interest groups and other professional organizations.

View the full list of Accounting Today’s “Top 100 Most Influential People” for 2015.

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