After more than 25 years as the chief financial officer of the American Booksellers Association, Eleanor Chang will be retiring at the end of this year. The announcement was made today by ABA CEO Oren Teicher.
“It will be impossible to imagine ABA without Eleanor Chang. She has been an indispensable member of the ABA team for more than 25 years,” said Teicher. “Because of Ellie’s outstanding work, ABA’s finances have always been carefully managed and we have had a perfect streak of totally clean letters from our auditors. Under her tutelage, the association has established an investment policy that has served us extraordinarily well: we have bought and sold property; we have operated an insurance company that provides coverage to hundreds of ABA members; and we have accurately accounted for every penny of ABA’s assets.
“My predecessors and I have relied on Ellie to do so many things, and we are forever in her debt. She and I have worked together for 24 years, and not only has she been a valued and trusted colleague, she has also become my good friend. I will miss her. So will ABA.”
To assist in hiring Chang’s successor, ABA has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm specializing in leaders for education, healthcare, philanthropy, advocacy, and other endeavors that advance the public good.