The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) announced today that J. Thomas Higginbotham, Vice President of Congressional and Political Affairs, plans to retire in January 2005 after 15 years of service.
âTom has had a long and distinguished career in Washington, DC. His commitment to the CPA profession and the AICPA â its staff and its mission â has been most valuable. Tom's contributions over the years have been instrumental in directing the AICPA's legislative activities, formulating strategy as well as implementing the Institute's political programs,â said Barry Melancon, President and CEO.
âTom has provided advice and assistance to help improve the AICPA Political Action Committee; he has been involved with the advocacy efforts of the profession and has been a key person in positioning the Institute in Congressional and government matters. The AICPA thanks Tom for his many contributions and wishes him much success in his upcoming retirement,â said James O'Malley, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, AICPA.
Prior to joining the AICPA in 1989, Higginbotham served as Senior Vice President â Government Affairs for Mellon Bank of Pittsburgh. He had earlier served as Counsel and Legislative Representative at the Consumer Bankers Association and as Staff Counsel at the American Bankers Association.
AICPA has engaged the search firm Korn/Ferry International Washington, DC, to assist with recruiting efforts to find Higginbotham's successor.