November 15, 2012

CFP Board Names Aikin, 2 Others to Board of Directors

'These three individuals bring unique talents, experiences and perspectives to CFP Board,' says Nancy Kistner

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) announced Thursday that it had elected three new directors to the Board of Directors at its Fall 2012 meeting: Blaine F. Aikin, president and CEO of fi360; Arthur Laby, professor at law at Rutgers School of Law; and Thomas Nelson, adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough Business School.

“These three individuals bring unique talents, experiences and perspectives to CFP Board. We are thrilled that they are joining us,” said Nancy Kistner, chair of CFP Board of Directors, who recently replaced Alan Goldfarb. “We look forward to working with them as they help to strengthen the CFP certification and advance the organization’s mission of benefiting the public.”

Effective Jan. 1, the Board says it will have 14 voting members and one non-voting member, Kevin Keller, CFP Board’s CEO.

About the new Directors:

Blaine AikinBlaine Aikin (left), CFP is the President and CEO of fi360. Aikin brings to the Board of Directors a rich history of experience in the financial services industry. Known for his expertise in the area of fiduciary responsibility, Aikin was previously the Chief Knowledge Officer and Director of Training at fi360, where he developed the AIFA program. Before coming to fi360 served in leading roles in financial services firms. In addition to his CFP certification, Aikin also holds the AIFA and the CFA designations. He received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Allegheny College and his M.S. in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Arthur B. Laby is a professor of law at Rutgers School of Law--Camden and former Assistant General Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. An expert on securities law and its effect on the economy, Laby has published widely on financial services regulation. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Laby spent nearly ten years at the SEC, most recently in the general counsel’s office where he advised the commissioners, general counsel and the operating divisions on legal and policy issues. Laby is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a magna cum laude graduate of Boston University School of Law.

Thomas Nelson is the president of the national anti-hunger group Share Our Strength and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough Business School. Previously, Nelson was the Chief Operating Officer at AARP where he had direct oversight of AARP’s core organizational activities and oversaw an $800 million budget. Prior to becoming the COO, Nelson served AARP in a variety of roles helping to build AARP into the nation’s leading advocate for senior citizens. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in sociology from Columbia University and a B.A. in sociology from Union College.

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