Neal D. Spencer, partner-in-charge of BKD LLP's Kentucky and southern Indiana offices, will take over the reins of the entire firm this summer, succeeding BKD managing partner William E. Fingland Jr., following a transition period in early 2007.As MP, Spencer will be responsible for the firm's overall management and leadership, as well as serving as the firm's spokesman. Now based in Louisville, Ky., Spencer will relocate to Springfield, Mo., to begin the transition process, and Fingland will step down on June 1.

Fingland, who has led the firm for the past decade and oversaw the 2001 merger of Baird, Kurtz & Dobson and Olive LLP to create BKD, will remain a firm partner and assume a newly created chairman title.

BKD's partners and principals elected Spencer to the top position in November 2006.

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