Noel Maye To Step Down as Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. CEO

Maye has led the organization since it was founded in 2004

DENVER, COLO – 19 May 2022 ­­– Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB), the standards-setting body for the global financial planning profession and owner of the international CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification program, today announced that founder CEO Noel Maye will step down from his leadership role of the organization, effective 31 December 2022.

Maye has led the organization since it was established in December 2004. Under his leadership, FPSB and the FPSB Network has:

  • Grown the organization’s geographical reach from 17 territories to programs in 27 territories, with discussions ongoing in several other territories;
  • Doubled the number of CFP professionals worldwide from 89,690 (YE’04) to 203,312 (YE’21)
  • Increased the number of CFP professionals worldwide ten-fold since 1990, when CFP certification first went international, from 20,353 to 203,312;
  • Taken over direct administration of the CFP certification program in India (2019) and grown the number of CFP professionals to 2,338 (YE’21);
  • Updated the content and delivery of CFP certification education and exams in India with the creation of specialist certification programs – FPSB® Investment Planning Specialist, FPSB® Retirement and Tax Planning Specialist and FPSB® Risk and Estate Planning Specialist – and online education and exam platforms now catering to 2,000+ candidates;
  • Secured accreditation (2021) and re-accreditation (2022) of CFP certification by the National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM) to meet Securities and Exchange Board of India’s registration requirements for investment advisors;
  • Developed global competency, ethics and practice standards for financial planning and global certification requirements for CFP professionals, including creating the first Global Financial Planner Competency Profile;
  • Published global position papers and practice guidance notes including: Regulation and Oversight of the Financial Planning Profession (2010); Fintech and the Future of Financial Planning (2016); Consumer Protection and Investment Advisor, Financial Advisor and Financial Planner Competency and Oversight in Europe (2018); and Advising Vulnerable Clients (2019);
  • Joined, in 2012, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) to represent the voice of the financial planning community during global regulatory policy discussions;
  • Joined, in 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s International Network on Financial Education to promote inclusion of financial planning in global financial literacy efforts;
  • Conducted global research and promoted findings on: firms’ perspectives on CFP certification and hiring CFP professionals (2012); consumer attitudes towards financial planning (2015); and the practice of financial planning and CFP professional’s views on the future of the profession (2016, 2021);
  • Launched, in 2017, World Financial Planning Day, in partnership with IOSCO’s World Investor Week, to promote the value of financial planning and working with CFP professionals to the global community; and
  • Submitted over a dozen responses on behalf of the public and global CFP professional community to consultations from IOSCO, OECD and the European Commission and European Supervisory Authorities on matters relating to regulation of financial advice, investor protection and financial literacy.
  • “It’s been my privilege to have served the international CFP certification program, global financial planning profession and FPSB for two decades,” said FPSB CEO Noel Maye.

    “I’m humbled by what the FPSB team, FPSB Network and global CFP professional community have collectively achieved on behalf of the public and the profession. The time is right for me to step back, support the transition to FPSB’s next CEO, and cheer on the FPSB board, team and global financial planning community to new heights,” he said.

    FPSB Board Chairperson, Garry Muriwai, extended his thanks to Noel for his drive and passion for the FPSB mission and vision.

    “FPSB has achieved a lot and substantially raised the global profile of financial planning and CFP certification under Noel’s leadership. The FPSB Board and I are grateful for his contribution and leadership and appreciate his commitment to supporting an orderly transition to a new CEO later this year,” he said.

    The FPSB Board of Directors has begun working with the FPSB leadership team and an external consultant on the CEO transition process. While the Board has pre-identified a strong candidate, FPSB is committed to a fair, transparent approach to evaluating internal and external candidates for the position. Candidates interested in the role can submit a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae to [email protected] by Friday, 10 June.

    About FPSB Ltd.
    FPSB manages, develops and operates certification, education and related programs to benefit the global community by establishing, upholding and promoting worldwide professional standards in financial planning. FPSB demonstrates its commitment to excellence with the marks of professional distinction – CFP, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and CFP Logo Mark – which it owns outside the United States. FPSB and the FPSB global network administer CFP certification and other programs in the following 27 territories: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. At the end of 2021, there were 203,312 CFP professionals worldwide. For more, visit fpsb.org.


    NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SECURITIES MARKETS RENEWS ACCREDITATION OF CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER CERTIFICATION

    CFP Professionals in India Offering Investment Advice Can Continue to Use CFP Certification to Register as Investment Advisers Under Securities and Exchange Board of India Regulations

    DENVER, COLO – 14 MARCH 2022 ­­– Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB Ltd.), owner of the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERCM certification program in India, today announced that the National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM) has renewed its accreditation of FPSB Ltd.’s CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification. NISM renewed its accreditation of the 19-year-old CFP certification program in India after reviewing FPSB Ltd.’s application, which outlined FPSB Ltd.’s mission, reputation, global affiliations, financial strength and policies and quality standards related to curriculum development and exam administration for the CFP certification program in India. NISM’s accreditation of the CFP certification is valid from 1 March 2022 until 28 February 2024, and is eligible to be renewed every two years, subject to program monitoring and approval by NISM.

    “FPSB Ltd. is pleased that India’s CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professionals offering investment advice are eligible to register as Investment Advisers under Securities and Exchange Board of India regulations,” said Noel Maye, CEO of FPSB Ltd. “FPSB Ltd. and the community of over 2,300 CFP professionals in India are committed to benefiting the Indian public by establishing, upholding and promoting competency, ethics and practice standards and certification requirements for CFP professionals and for the financial planning profession in India. The accreditation by NISM strengthens our efforts to attract a new pool of talent into the financial planning profession in India.”

    About FPSB

    FPSB manages, develops and operates certification, education and related programs to benefit the global community by establishing, upholding and promoting worldwide professional standards in financial planning. FPSB demonstrates its commitment to excellence with the marks of professional distinction – CFP, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and CFP Logo Mark – which it owns outside the United States. FPSB and the FPSB global network administer CFP and other certification programs in the following 27 territories: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. At the end of 2021, there were 203,312 CFP professionals worldwide with 2,338 of those in India. For more, visit fpsb.org.

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    Number of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERCM Professionals in India Increased By 17% Over Previous Year

    CFP professional growth storyDENVER – 22 FEBRUARY 2022 – Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB Ltd.), owner of the international CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERCM certification program in India, announced today that the number of CFPCM professionals in India grew by 17.6% last year, reaching a total of 2,338 CFP professionals at 31 December 2021. The CFP professional growth story in India is part of a growing global movement, where last year saw the number of CFP professionals around the world reach an all-time high of 203,312. “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, momentum in the growth of CFP professionals in India is strong and increasing, consistent with global trends for the CFP certification program,” said Noel Maye, CEO of FPSB Ltd. “India’s rate of growth of CFP professionals placed it in the top three globally, after Brazil and Indonesia with growth rates of 36% and 22%, respectively. And India’s net increase of 349 CFP professionals ranks it in the top seven growth territories globally. FPSB Ltd. is deeply grateful to our supporters in India, including our education providers, and to all CFP professionals in India who commit to rigorous standards and to putting their clients’ interests first.” Since taking over direct operation of the CFP certification program in India in 2019, FPSB Ltd. has updated the curriculum for CFP certification, which is available through FPSB Ltd.’s online learning portal or one of 16 education providers; introduced three specialty designations as a career path to CFP certification; partnered with the NSE Academy and an online exam provider to offer certification exams throughout India; and facilitated online and in-person Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for CFP professionals to retain their certification. These, and other efforts, have resulted in 1,602 candidates enrolling in our education and certification programs and 621 newly-minted CFP professionals last year. “While the CFP certification program in India last year was a success story, with less than 2,400 CFP professionals, the potential for growth in the country is enormous,” added Maye. “India has a massive population of young, educated people looking to establish themselves in rewarding careers and to demonstrate their capabilities against a global standard. FPSB Ltd. will work with our stakeholders in India to prepare new entrants to the profession and to deepen connections among practitioners, employers, associations, regulators and government to promote and support the emergence of financial planning in India as a valued and respected profession, with CFP certification its symbol of excellence.” To learn more about worldwide CFP professional growth in 2021, view the infographic on FPSB Ltd.’s website.

    About FPSB

    FPSB manages, develops and operates certification, education and related programs to benefit the global community by establishing, upholding and promoting worldwide professional standards in financial planning. FPSB demonstrates its commitment to excellence with the marks of professional distinction – CFP, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and CFP Logo Mark – which it owns outside the United States. FPSB and the FPSB global network administer CFP certification and other programs in the following 27 territories: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Columbia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. At the end of 2021, there were 203,312 CFP professionals worldwide, with 2,338 of those in India. For more, visit fpsb.org.


    Financial Planning Standards Board Launches Final Education Course Leading to CFP Certification in India

    Experienced CFP professionals to serve as mentors for course takers as part of FPSB Ltd.’s innovative contribution to financial skills development in India

    India, Maharashtra, MUMBAI – 05 July 2021 – Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB Ltd.), the organization that leads the global financial planning profession and owns the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification program in India, announced today the launch of its FPSB® Integrated Financial Planning Course. This comprehensive financial planning course, which integrates global and local content and includes financial plan assessment and mentorship components, has been designed to enhance and assess the knowledge, skills and abilities of candidates for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERCM certification in India. Candidates who successfully complete the course, pass the CFP exam and meet additional initial certification requirements will be eligible to join the growing community of more than 2,000 CFP professionals in India and more than 192,000 CFP professionals worldwide. The FPSB® Integrated Financial Planning Course will be delivered through FPSB Ltd.’s online learning platform and consists of the following three interactive modules:

    • “Financial Planning Principles, Process & Skills”:Covers the financial planning process and fundamental practices; the benefits and impacts of financial planning; how to apply financial planning principles during client engagements; and the value of professional standards of practice and professional skills.
    • “Engaging Clients in the Financial Planning Process”: Focuses on human qualities of the planner-client relationship, and how clients’ values, attitudes and experiences impact the financial planning engagement.
    • “Developing Effective Financial Plans”: Provides an overview of the areas to be addressed in developing a financial plan, including how to identify missing information.

    To complete the course, candidates for CFP certification are required to develop and be assessed on a financial plan based on a case study issued by FPSB Ltd. Digital textbooks for each module, sample financial plans and supporting materials on creating a financial plan are provided in the course materials and further supplemented in the case study. The FPSB® Integrated Financial Planning Course can be taken through one of FPSB Ltd.’s Authorized Education Providers in India or by self-study. For more information on CFP certification in India and how to register for the FPSB® Integrated Financial Planning Course, go here. As part of the course, FPSB Ltd. is pleased to bring together experienced CFPCM practitioners and candidates by introducing an innovative mentorship program. Mentors who have stepped forward to share practical insights, knowledge and experience on the preparation of a financial plan with candidates working towards CFP certification in India are:

      • Arun Thukral, CFP, (Mumbai) a startup investor/advisor and BFSI consultant, formerly the managing director and CEO of Axis Securities Limited.
      • B. Srinivasan, CFP, (Bengaluru) an entrepreneur, director of Shree Sidvin Group and founder president of the nonprofit Council of Financial Planners (COFP).
      • D.V. Suresh, CFP, (Hyderabad) founder of DVS Associates Pvt. Ltd., a financial planning practice advocating sound financial health for all.
      • Kavita Devi, CFP, (Nashik) a CTEP Inheritance Planner and Registered Life Planner.
      • Naresh Pachisia, CFP, (Kolkata) founder and managing director of SKP Securities Ltd., Eastern India’s leading boutique investment banker.
      • Renu Maheshwari, CFP, (Chennai) co-founder of Finscholarz, providing fee-only financial planning and portfolio management services, and the first individual SEBI Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) in Tamil Nadu.
      • Col. Sanjeev Govila (Retd), CFP, (Delhi) an individual SEBI RIA, founder and CEO of Hum Fauji Initiatives, a company dedicated to armed forces officers and their families.

    “As interest in CFPCM certification continues to grow around the world, FPSB Ltd. is committed to supporting candidates on their journey to becoming CFP professionals in India,” says Noel Maye, FPSB Ltd. CEO. “CFP certification is the global symbol of excellence in financial planning, and I’m pleased the education course offerings leading to CFPCM certification in India are now complete with the addition of the FPSB® Integrated Financial Planning Course. Mentorship is a beautiful approach to foster synergies between candidates and practitioners, and I’m excited to see this program develop.”

    About FPSB Ltd. FPSB manages, develops and operates certification, education and related programs to benefit the global community by establishing, upholding and promoting worldwide professional standards in financial planning. FPSB demonstrates its commitment to excellence with the marks of professional distinction – CFP, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and CFP Logo Mark – which it owns outside the United States. FPSB and the FPSB global network administer CFP and other certification programs in the following 27 territories: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Columbia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. At the end of 2020, there were 192,762 CFP professionals worldwide.


    FPSB Ltd.’s CFP Certification is now accredited by NISM

    NISM CertificateNEW YORK – 2 MARCH 2021Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB Ltd.), owner of the international CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERCM certification program outside the United States, today announced that the National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM) has accredited FPSB Ltd.’s CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification in India. After taking over direct operation of the 19-year-old CFPCM certification program in India in 2019, FPSB Ltd. submitted an accreditation application for a second time to NISM outlining FPSB Ltd.’s mission, reputation, global affiliations, financial strength and policies and quality standards related to curriculum development and exam administration for the CFP certification program in India. NISM approved FPSB Ltd.’s application and accredited the CFP certification program in India from 1 March 2021 until 28 February 2022, after which the accreditation is eligible to be renewed for two more years, subject to program monitoring and approval by NISM. To find our listing on the NISM website, click here. “FPSB Ltd. is pleased that India’s CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professionals offering investment advice are eligible to register as Investment Advisers under Securities and Exchange Board of India regulations,” said Noel Maye, CEO of FPSB Ltd. “FPSB Ltd. and the community of almost 2,000 CFP professionals in India are committed to benefiting the Indian public by establishing, upholding and promoting competency, ethics and practice standards and certification requirements for CFP professionals and for the financial planning profession in India.” Rajesh Krishnamoorthy, Country Head, India Liaison Office said “The accreditation by NISM strengthens our efforts in India as we look to advance the financial planning ecosystem and to attract a new pool of talent into this noble profession. We will continue to work with renewed vigor in India and we look forward to the support of the CFP professionals in nurturing new talent for our country.”


    Financial Planning Standards Board Launches Advisory Council to Steer Growth and Value of CFP Certification in India

    Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB), owner of the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERCM certification program in India, has launched the CFP Professional Advisory Council to foster financial planning professionalism in the public interest, provide input and thought leadership on FPSB’s mission and priorities, and grow the number of CFP professionals in India The following seven founding members of the Council, each of whom are leaders in the profession, reflect the geographic, gender and practice diversity within the Indian CFP professional community:

    • Arun Thukral, CFP, Council Chair, (Mumbai) a startup investor/advisor and BFSI consultant, formerly the managing director and CEO of Axis Securities Limited, and member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Committee on Financial Markets.
    • B. Srinivasan, CFP, (Bengaluru) an entrepreneur, director of Shree Sidvin Group and founder president of the nonprofit Council of Financial Planners (COFP).
    • D.V. Suresh, CFP, (Hyderabad) founder of DVS Associates Pvt. Ltd., a financial planning practice advocating sound financial health for all.
    • Kavita Devi, CFP, (Nashik) a CTEP Inheritance Planner and Registered Life Planner, dedicated to helping people in the journey to financial freedom.
    • Naresh Pachisia, CFP, (Kolkata) founder and managing director of SKP Securities Ltd., Eastern India’s leading boutique investment banker.
    • Renu Maheshwari, CFP, (Chennai) co-founder of Finscholarz, providing fee-only financial planning and portfolio management services, and the first individual SEBI Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) in Tamil Nadu.
    • Col. Sanjeev Govila (Retd), CFP, (Delhi) an individual SEBI RIA, founder and CEO of Hum Fauji Initiatives, a company dedicated solely to armed forces officers and their close family members.

    “The founding members of the CFP Professional Advisory Council offer a wealth of knowledge and experience that will support our efforts to build a vibrant and thriving CFP professional community in India,” said Rajesh Krishnamoorthy, Country Head, FPSB India Liaison Office. “I look forward to leveraging the diverse background and insight of this group to expand CFP certification and increase access to competent and ethical financial planning advice in India.”


    FPSB Names Rajesh Krishnamoorthy to Lead in India

    Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB) has named financial services veteran and fintech pioneer Rajesh Krishnamoorthy as Country Head, India, effective 1 February. In the role, Krishnamoorthy will oversee FPSB operations and strategy; grow FPSB certification programs; and build support to establish and grow the financial planning profession in India, with CFP certification as its symbol of excellence. Krishnamoorthy brings to FPSB 20 years of experience in Indian financial markets, including the last decade with wealth management fintech platform iFAST Financial India Pvt. Ltd., as the founding employee, Managing Director, and most recently Vice Chairman of the Board of iFast India Holdings, Singapore. His experience spans treasury management, securitization, institutional sales, private wealth management, and personal finance-related technology platforms. Please see the full announcement for more details.


    The July 2021 Edition of the Journal of Financial Planning in India Is Now Available

    FPSB Ltd. is pleased to present the July 2021 edition of the Journal of Financial Planning in India. In this edition, we’ve compiled articles featuring insights and opinions from our community of CFPCM professionals and industry experts in India, as well as from territories within our FPSB global network. We understand that Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is important to you, so inside you’ll find an opportunity to earn five (5) CPD points for passing the quiz. We hope this journal and future editions will become a staple in furthering your professional development and connecting you to the global financial planning profession. We look forward to enriching articles from our CFP Certificant community for the future editions of the Journal.  Read the Journal of Financial Planning in India  Or click here to download a print-ready PDF