The New York State Society of CPAs has appointed Joanne S. Barry as its new executive director.

Barry, the NYSSCPA’s former deputy executive director, succeeds Lou Grumet, who led the society since 1998, and who resigned last month (see NYSSCPA Head Grumet Resigns).

As executive director, Barry will lead the oldest state accounting organization in the nation, with 28,000 members in 15 chapters, as it begins to focus on building its membership by more actively embracing young CPAs, as well as CPAs in industry, government and education, who were brought back into the state’s regulatory fold by the passage of an accountancy reform law last year.

“Now that the accountancy reform law is in place, the NYSSCPA will be moving in a new direction,” Barry said in a statement. “The society got a lot done in its first 113 years as a professional organization, but we’re looking toward the future now, and planning on how to meet our members’ needs in the 21st century.”

Barry plans to focus on growing the society’s membership ranks and implementing technology, professional services and membership benefit initiatives at the NYSSCPA.

Barry’s career at the NYSSCPA began in 1981 as assistant director of public relations. Prior to her work with the society, she worked for Hackensack University Medical Center and the New York City School Volunteer Program.

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