When advisors think of the CFP Board, they might assume the main financial planning certification body would be overseen by, well, financial planners. Yet the board announced Dec. 1 it had elected fi360 CEO Blaine Aikin as 2017 board chairman, even though he has not been a full-time planner for years.

That invites the question of whether the decision will be beneficial to the board’s constituents, or potentially harmful, especially if his election paves the way for future chairs who have never done planning.

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