Jennifer (Jen) Leary supports CLA's firmwide strategic efforts to fulfil the CLA Promise and our Purpose - to Create Opportunities for our Clients, our People and our Communities as the Chief Executive Officer.
In addition to supporting various advisory councils within the firm, Jen is a member of the CLA Board of Directors, the CLA Wealth Advisory Board of Directors, and the Leadership Team.
Jen is an executive sponsor of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team and our newly launched Community Engagement Team.
She has been serving clients for over 20 years in the United States and Europe. Her background includes assurance, consulting, mergers & acquisitions and Global Concierge Services. She has previously served the firm in various roles such as Chief Strategy Officer, Client Service Leader and Managing Partner of the Carolinas.
University of Delaware - BS in Accounting and Management Information Systems
In the community
World Bank - Doing Business in the United States contributor
North Carolina Association of CPAs
American Institute of CPAs
Nexia International - Global Network Board Member & Strategy Initiative Co-lead - 2018 to 2020
Charlotte Business Journal's Women in Business Winner - 2016;
Top 40 Under 40 - 2015; M&A Top 40 under 40 - 2014
CLA Global Ltd Board Member - effective July 1, 2022
Resources and events
Media coverage 8/5/2022Chief Executive Polled CEOs, Including CLA CEO Jen Leary, About Office Fun
News release 8/4/2022NABA Recognizes CLA CEO Leary With DEI Leadership Award
Media coverage 8/1/2022CLA Client Shares Game Plan for the Great Resignation
News release 7/8/2022CLA Proudly Announces Career Advancements and Compensation Cycle Shifts
News release 6/30/2022CLA and Evelyn Partners Announce New Global Organization, CLA Global
Media coverage 6/29/2022CLA CEO Leary Reflects on Hybrid Workforce
Media coverage 6/28/2022$1M CLA Foundation Grant Seeds NABA’s Pathway to College Program
Media coverage 6/27/2022NABA Pathway to College Program Supported by $1M CLA Foundation Grant
News release 6/23/2022NABA Announces $1M CLA Foundation Grant to Grow Black Talent in Accounting
News release 3/24/2022CLA Retains #8 Spot in Accounting Today Top 100 Firms List