International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Are Certifications Necessary to Join the C-Suite?
Passard Dean, Kelsey Bare, Timothy Wiseman

Much research has been done on the importance of certifications, revealing that they are not only beneficial to individuals and companies, but also to educational communities. The question is, is it necessary for accountants and other financial professionals to have a professional certification, such as the CPA or the CMA, to elevate to the level of senior management in major corporations? To research this question, a list of the Fortune 500 companies was retrieved from the Internet and a review of the qualifications of the top executives was performed. The results were very interesting and are presented below.

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