Change is a word I use often in covering the next generation of accountants. It's a word capable of conjuring myriad emotions: trepidation, fear and excitement.

I use it in discussing innovative new firm management styles. Our technology editor types it regularly in tracking firms' movements toward the cloud. Our contributors rely on it to dissect the looming issue of succession planning.

Now, our staff is experiencing it internally as we sadly say goodbye to our fearless leader Bill Carlino, editor-in-chief of Accounting Today for 11 years. Thankfully, our own succession plan is strong, and we're happy to see our 15-year veteran managing editor Dan Hood move into the shoes, caricaturist's pen strokes and Las Vegas conference rooms once occupied by Bill. Of course, we will still see Bill at some of these events, as he has transitioned over to the consulting side of the profession.

And the whole Accounting Today team, past and present, can continue to keep in touch via social media. When we miss hearing Bill's Joe Pesci impression, for example, he's a Facebook-click away. Our LinkedIn connections will keep everyone apprised of professional developments. And with Twitter, we'll always know what any of us are eating for lunch.

On LinkedIn, in fact, our presence is stronger than ever. LinkedIn contacted us to help them usher in their new Accounting Group, nearly 500,000 members strong. In addition to posting stories, opinion pieces and polls to our publication's own LinkedIn group, our team is eager to interact with this new group of accounting professionals. It's a powerful connection, capable of shaping our future content, and the identity of the profession itself.

When we are all in it together, change isn't so bad.

Now, let me go get that LinkedIn recommendation from Bill before he's out the door.

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