FEI'S CUNNINGHAM TO STEP DOWNFLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Colleen Cunningham, who transitioned from an early career in public accounting to become chief accountant at AT&T and, eventually, the head of Financial Executives International, will step down as chief executive of the 15,000-member group.

"The expectation is that three to five years is about the right amount of time for this position, and I've been here three-and-a-half," said Cunningham, who assumed the president and chief executive posts at FEI in March 2003. She will remain during the organization's search for a successor. "I love the job and FEI's a fabulous organization, but it's time to move on to something else."

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