NABA CEO Jina Etienne steps down

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The National Association of Black Accountants said Wednesday its president and CEO, Jina Etienne, has resigned.

Etienne became head of NABA only two years ago, in September 2015. Previously she was director of taxation, tax ethics and professional standards at the American Institute of CPAs’ Tax Section. Etienne will continue to work with NABA chairman Steven Harris and his team until Sept. 15. No information was provided about her future plans, and she could not immediately be reached for comment.

“We want to thank Jina for her service and wish her well as she pursues new opportunities,” Harris said in a statement. “Our board of directors and national staff remain committed to the continued growth of the association and strengthening NABA’s position as a leading voice for diversity and inclusion for accounting and finance professionals.”

NABA COO Lauren Yost and chief programs officer Kim Wilson will be the group’s main points of contact while the NABA board begins looking for a replacement. The national staff will report to Yost and Wilson, who in turn will report to Herschel Frierson, a national director on the NABA board and head of the Board Committee for Organizational Effectiveness and Personnel, during the transition.

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