Gwen van Berne Named IMA Chair-ElectBy
Gwen van Berne, CFO of RIPE NCC, has been named Chair-Elect of the IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) Global Board of Directors for the fiscal 2021-2022 period, which means she will be IMA Chair for 2022-2023. She will become only the sixth woman to hold the position of Chair as well as the first person from outside of the United States.
“I think the most important thing you can do in this role is to listen and facilitate our community,” van Berne said. “I’m also a very positive person, and I’m a connector. We share a great mission, and if we all invest time in the advancement of our profession, it’s remarkable what we can achieve together. We successfully started our second century, and there’s great momentum to shape the next hundred years.”
A member of the IMA Global Board of Directors since 2019, van Berne is a member of IMA’s Amsterdam-Netherlands Chapter and the Strategic Planning Standing Board Committee. She earned her CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) certification in 2010.
“I’d like us to continue our strong international expansion, reaching out to students all over the world about the benefits of the CMA,” she said. “When you’ve earned such a globally recognized validation of your skills, your résumé and experience will make sense to people from different locations and organizations. I’d also like to continue our cooperation and relationship building with local universities, national accounting bodies, multinationals, and local businesses. I’ve seen perfect examples of this in Europe and in other regions, and I think it’s important that we continue on that road.”
RIPE NCC, based in Amsterdam, is one of five regional internet registries providing internet resource allocations, registration services, and coordination activities that support the operation of the internet globally. In her current role, van Berne oversees all financial operations of the organization.
“When you move up into senior management, the tougher questions will come and the more you must lead people through complex changes,” she said. “Being a CMA and part of the IMA community connects me to people from other organizations, enabling me to see new perspectives that will lead to more balanced solutions for my industry or the organizations I work for. IMA continuously teaches us how important it is to apply the latest insights and to use ethical standards but also to trust your own compass. You are part of a larger group that shares the same values, and these values are the cornerstone of our profession.”
Previously, van Berne held a variety of roles within ABN AMRO Bank in Amsterdam, including head of capital and risk reporting (ABN AMRO Bank N.V.), global manager of business development (ABN AMRO Clearing Bank N.V.), and manager of private banking (ABN AMRO MeesPierson, Wassenaar). She is also a supervisory board member of International Card Services.
She holds a gymnasium degree from Stedelijk Gymnasium Breda in the Netherlands and a Master of Law from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.