The California Society of CPAs (CalCPA) and the CalCPA Education Foundation have named Denise LeDuc Froemming as president and CEO at both organizations.
Effective October 18, Froemming is set to succeed the outgoing Rich Simitian, who has acted as interim CEO since May 2021.
Froemming most recently served as CEO and executive vice president at the Chicago-based Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), where she led a team of professionals serving over 20,000 individual members and 550 member firms worldwide.
Prior to joining IREM, Froemming worked as COO and CFO/executive VP at the American Health Information Management Association, and as director of executive operations and senior financial manager at the College of American Pathologists.
Christie Simons, chair of the association, said: “Denise brings deep association leadership to CalCPA and a fresh perspective from the real estate and health care sectors.
“She will be instrumental in leading our organization as we innovate, grow and nurture the CPA profession in California.”
Froemming added: “This is a tremendous opportunity to join CalCPA at such a momentous time for the profession, including the CPA evolution project, the forthcoming development of sustainability standards and other trends that positively impact the value CPAs bring to the market.
“As a CPA myself, I can appreciate the changes our members are facing and will focus on delivering resources and programs that help CPAs take advantage of opportunities and overcome challenges.”