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Bud Kulesza is a highly accomplished business professional with outstanding multinational, multi-industry experience. His financial expertise combined with business acumen and leadership skills have led to his success as a CFO of ITT Automotive, a multibillion-dollar global company, Chairman of ITT Industries Canada and a respected leader of the accounting profession as a former Chair of the Institute of Management Accountants. Bud brings a wealth of knowledge and an entertaining high energy style to all of his endeavors. From the boardroom to the podium from the shop floor to the classroom, his direct approach to addressing issues combining knowledge, experience, and humor make an impact that is not soon forgotten.
Bud is currently the Dean Emeritus of the IMA Leadership Academy. He was named by Accounting Today as one of the top 100 most influential persons in Accounting. He has numerous publications in accounting journals including Strategic Finance, CFO.com, Management Accounting, Cost Management and the Journal of Accountancy and has been interviewed on Money Radio and CNBC's Money Wheel. He is featured in the book "Leadership, Helping Others to Succeed", interviews with America's top leadership experts.
A member of Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and the Financial Executives Institute (FEI), Bud is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified in Financial Management (CFM) and earned an associate degree in Accounting from Middlesex County Community College and his bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Rider UniversityFinan