Bud Kulesza, The Man of Many Hats

Biography of C. S. “Bud” Kulesza CMA, CFM

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Bud Kulesza is truly "The Man of Many Hats". Bud is a highly accomplished business professional with outstanding multinational, multi industry experience whose 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 and Chairman of ITT Industries Canada. He has also taught Managerial Accounting in the Executive MBA Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

Bud is a respected leader of the accounting profession as a former Chair of the Institute of Management Accountants, a global accounting association of more than 115,000 members. Bud brings a wealth of knowledge and an entertaining high energy style to all 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 featured in the book “Leadership, Helping Others to Succeed”, interviews with America’s top leadership experts. He was named by Accounting Today as one of the top 100 most influential persons in Accounting. Bud is the recipient of the 2018 IMA Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. 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 a frequent presenter on webinars and conferences and conventions around the world on a variety of topics including the World Congress of Accounting.

Bud served in the US Army from 1964-1967. He actively supports many educational and not for profit projects and has served on the board of numerous academic and civic organizations. Bud is a life member of the Global Board of Directors of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and a member of the Financial Executives Institute (FEI). Bud is a CMA and a CFM and earned an associate degree in Accounting from Middlesex County Community College and his bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Rider University. He and his wife Kathy currently reside in Austin, Texas.

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