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
Event 10/10/2023Experience CLA: Open House Event
Media coverage 9/11/2023Jen Leary Calls for More Action to Fix Broken CPA Pipeline
Media coverage 5/24/2023How Companies Can Increase Black Representation in Accounting and Finance
News release 5/16/2023CLA Signs on as Wellness Sponsor for NABA’s 52nd Annual Convention
Media coverage 4/4/2023CLA Backs Changes in 150-Hour CPA Requirement
News release 3/21/2023CLA, 8th Largest U.S. Accounting Firm, Sees 15% Growth On Way to $2 Billion
News release 3/14/2023CLA’s First High School Internship Launches in 15 Locations
Media coverage 3/3/2023Addressing CPA Pipeline Requires Collaboration and Bold Leadership
Media coverage 2/9/2023Solving CPA Staffing in the United States
News release 1/31/2023CLA Repeats as Great Place to Work Winner