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
Resources and events
News release 6/30/2022CLA and Evelyn Partners Announce New Global Organization, CLA Global
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
Media coverage 3/8/2022CLA CEO Leary Reflects on the Role of Women in the Accounting Profession
White paper 2/14/2022CLA Promise Report: Reflections on 2021, Purpose for 2022
News release 2/9/2022CLA Earns Great Place to Work® Certification, Based on Employee Workplace Experience
Media coverage 10/6/2021CLA CEO Jen Leary Talks DEI and NABA Commitment With Accounting Today
News release 10/6/2021CLA Opens Nashville Office for Business
Media coverage 9/24/2021CLA CEO Jen Leary Talks DEI and NABA Commitment With Bloomberg Tax
News release 9/20/2021CLA and National Association of Black Accountants Team to Promote Industry DEI