New York (Aug. 29, 2002) -- The American Institute of CPAs has appointed James A. O'Malley as senior vice president, Public Affairs, effective Sept. 9.O'Malley will replace Capitol Hill veteran John E. Hunnicutt, who will retire from the institute in October after more than a decade of service. O'Malley will head the Institute's Washington, D.C. office, where he will direct the organization's activities in congressional and political affairs, regulatory affairs, public relations and communications, relations with state CPA societies, academic affairs and career development, minority initiatives, and women and family issues. He will report directly to Institute president and chief executive Barry Melancon.

"There's a reason the CPA profession has had an enviable reputation for over a century," O'Malley remarked. "There are hundreds of thousands of CPAs who live up to that reputation every day. My mission is to help to communicate this sentiment to the public, Congress, regulators and working with state CPA societies, state legislatures, and state regulatory agencies."

Prior to joining the Institute, O'Malley served as chairman of the Creative and Advertising Practice at New York public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. He previously served as CEO of the company's Australia practice.

Hunnicutt, who has been the AICPA's point man in Washington since he joined the institute in 1991, announced in December that he would retire following the AICPA's Fall Council meeting, to be held Oct. 20-22 in Maui, Hawaii. At that time, Hunnicutt said his plans upon leaving the institute included working with an organization that teaches kids to read and in court-appointed child advocacy in his hometown of Saint Michaels, Md.

Prior to joining the AICPA, Hunnicutt was responsible for federal government relations at KPMG Peat Marwick. He previously held a number of government positions and served as an officer in a large national bank.

-- Melissa Klein

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