The Connecticut Society of CPAs announced Monday morning that Bonnie Stewart has been named the society’s new executive director, effective January 2017.

Stewart will succeed current executive director Arthur Renner, who has announced his retirement following 20 years of service as CEO of the society.

"I am thankful for this opportunity and excited to join such a well-recognized organization,” Stewart said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the board and staff to further the CTCPA's advocacy, community, and educational efforts."

Stewart comes to the CTCPA from the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, where she currently serves as vice president of government and public affairs and general counsel. She joined the CBIA in 1988.

“We are delighted to announce that Bonnie will join with the membership and staff of the Connecticut Society of CPAs as we face our future,” stated CTCPA president Robert Boudreau. “Bonnie brings a wealth of relevant experience and talent to our organization, and we’re confident she will hit the proverbial ground running in working with the great team we already have in place here at the CTCPA.” 

“At the same time we welcome Bonnie, we thank Art Renner for his 20 years of faithful and productive service and we wish him the very best as he enters the next phase of his plans,” Boudreau added. “Under Art’s stewardship, we have enjoyed many positive accomplishments, including a streamlining of our leadership model, legislative advances, two physical relocations into superior facilities, and a number of meaningful public service campaigns. We’re proud of our accomplishments with Art, and he should be proud as well.”

Stewart earned a JD from the Franklin Pierce Law Center, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut. She currently lives in Colchester, Conn.