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Doubt over ACCA's new chief executive

ACCA was this week unable to confirm whether newly appointed chief executive Desmond Hudson would start his role on 1 October as planned.

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Hudson is due to officially take over as chief executive following a three-month transitional period working alongside current and long-serving CEO Anthea Rose. But when asked if there was any truth in rumours that Hudson was leaving the association, a spokesman for ACCA refused to comment. He also declined to say whether Hudson would be in his office this week as expected.

The news will come as an unwelcome shock to ACCA members, who will remember only too keenly what happened to Andrew Hind in December 2001.

Hind was due to take over from Rose in March 2002, but pulled out before starting the £150,000 job after failing to agree contractual terms.

There followed an extensive 18-month search to find a suitable candidate, with Hudson finally being unveiled in July this year.

Should Hudson decide not to continue, it will be a huge embarrassment for ACCA and lead to the resumption of what has been an uncomfortably long search for a leader.

Email David_Rae@vnu.co.uk.

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