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‘Surprise’ CEO draws on her extensive business background

Marie Hollein’s focus has been to advance the profession of top-tier financial executives—and do it according to a strategic plan

June 1, 2012

When Marie Hollein got the phone call from Financial Executives International in 2008, she thought the group would be asking her to serve on a CEO search committee, a role she had filled in the past. But this time, the call was to gauge her interest in being considered for the post herself. 

Hollein has been a member of the individual membership, professional association for more than 20 years. She was a member of the FEI board, president of FEI’s Chicago chapter and vice chair of its research foundation.
After a series of high-profile, corporate financial positions, she was at KPMG and, by her own assessment “at the top of my game there.” So it was a huge career shift to her first nonprofit, though she speaks to her deep commitment to running the group along sound business lines.

Only the second female president in FEI’s 80 years, she says she is conscious of its need to diversify its membership, in the U.S. and abroad. To launch a global presence, FEI opened a Japan chapter in February.
“We abide in our name: international,” she said.