Karen Abramson is the CEO of Wolters Kluwer’s newest division: Corporate Performance & ESG (CP & ESG).

Karen is responsible for driving the alignment, accelerated growth, and integration of the CP & ESG division’s four award-winning, global, cloud-based software businesses. These businesses collectively focus on corporate performance management, ESG, EHS, audit assurance, and risk. The division employs approximately 3,000 people globally, operates in 34 countries, and serves customers in 167 countries. Its technology solutions reach 91% of companies listed in the Fortune 500 and more than 3,000 offices of the CFO. In 2023 alone, under Karen’s leadership, the CP & ESG division earned 22 awards and recognitions, including being named by independent research firm, Verdantix, as having the strongest market momentum among all ESG vendors in its prestigious Green Quadrant report.

Innovation is at Karen’s core as a leader. She believes that by relentlessly focusing on customer-driven innovation, businesses can retain and attract talented employees, improve the customer experience, and deliver strong financial results. Her perspectives on innovation, leadership, and digital transformation have been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Chief Executive, ESG Today, and ESG Investor.

Previously at Wolters Kluwer, Karen served as CEO of the Tax & Accounting division. During that time, she was named six times by CPA Practice Advisor to be one of the most powerful women in accounting. Abramson was also a past Executive Board Member of the American Association of Publishers Executive Board Member and the Software Information Industry of America. She was named to CPA Practice Advisor’s list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting multiple times. Karen sits on the Outsell European Executive Council and the Forbes Business Council.

Karen was named 2019 CEO of the Year by the SIIA (Software Information Industry of America), in recognition of her leadership in launching award-winning products and driving technology and innovation. She also earned Female Executive of the Year honors in the 2021 Silver Stevie® Awards for Women in Business; and a 2022 Silver Globee® in the Woman Excellence of the Year, Accounting and Finance category.

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