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 headquartered in Florham Park, N.J.

"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 her successor. "I love the job and FEI's a fabulous organization, but it's time to move on to something else," she told WebCPA.

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