Denver (Sept. 18, 2002) -- The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and a joint committee of the International CFP Council, an international assembly of financial planning bodies, have named nine people to serve on the inaugural board of a proposed new international entity that will administer the CFP certification program worldwide.

The four international directors are Raymond Griffin, CFP (Australia), chair-elect, International CFP Council and past-chair, Financial Planning Association of Australia; John S. Carpenter, past-chair, Financial Planners Standards Council, Canada; Nicolas R.A. Koechlin, CFP (Switzerland), CEO, Swiss Financial Planners Organization; and Ian A. Middleton, CFP (South Africa), president, Financial Planning Institute of South Africa.

Rounding out the board are five U.S. directors: CFP Board Chair Elaine E. Bedel, CFP; board members Joanne A. Bickel, CFP, and Maureen M. Tsu, CFP; CEO, Louis J. Garday; and past-chair, Timothy S. Kochis, CFP.

"The time has come to take the CFP marks to a new level globally, and this board of directors will set policies for and oversee a rapidly evolving international CFP certification program," said Patricia P. Houlihan, CFP, chair of the International CFP Council and selection committee.

Five of the board seats were allocated to the United States, three to international candidates, and the final seat will be filled each year by the current Council chair, beginning with Griffin in 2003. The task force charged with developing the entity, which is expected to launch in early 2003, is working on structure, staffing, affiliation agreements and certification program operations.

-- Electronic Accountant Newswire staff

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