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27 Feb 2017

Claire Ighodaro

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A past President of CIMA (the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), Claire Ighodaro is the first woman to lead this organisation, regulating and examining over 160,000 accountants and trainees in the UK and worldwide.

Beginning her career in 1979 at Otis Elevators in London, she then joined BT in 1984 as a management and development accountant. As senior project manager at BT between 1988 and 1993, she led the development and implementation of one of the first handheld job-reporting systems for field engineers.

In the 90s, Ighodaro moved rapidly through BT's management hierarchy, becoming financial controller for PC north east; controller, financial systems for BT's worldwide networks; head of group quality (strategy and business management) in London; director, networks and infrastructure programme office, in Munich; and financial controller, BTUK markets in London.

In 2000, Ighodaro was made financial controller of BTopenworld, London. This involves the financial management of BTopenworld, the UK's first mass-market broadband internet launch, and of portal, channel and interactive TV development. She is also responsible for financially and strategically supporting joint ventures and licensing agreements. Ighodaro has been a member of council from 1995 and since 1994, a member of the international committee (she became chairman in 2000).

Between 1995 and 1996, she was a member of the Europe committee and from 1996-1997 she was a member and assessor of the membership committee. She joined the marketing committee in 1997, and served on the fellowship working party and on the president's task force. She is currently a member of the executive committee and the appointments committee. Ighodaro was spokesperson for Global Business Week in 2000 and 2001.

Ighodaro now holds many directorships of UK and international organisations, and is an active mentor in private and public sector programmes.

Married with three children, she was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to business.

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