Amy Baker, a 19-year veteran of Ernst & Young, has been named managing partner of the accounting firm's Raleigh and Greensboro offices.
"It's a career dream of mine," said Baker, 42, who continues to be based in the firm's Raleigh office. Ernst & Young has more than 235 employees in the two offices.
Baker succeeds Michael Constantino, who headed the two offices since 2009.
Constantino is enthusiastic about Baker's appointment.
"She has served clients across the Carolinas," he said. "She is one of those people with outstanding people skills. This is really an acknowledgment of her leadership ability."
Constantino, 50, said he decided to step down as managing partner after being asked to head the Ernst & Young team working with Jacksonville, Fla.-based transportation giant CSX, which generated $11.7 billion in revenue last year.
"It's a very important client for us," Constantino said. "But I didn't think it made a lot of sense for me to try to be the office managing partner and work on a significant client in Florida."
Constantino will continue to work out of the Raleigh office, however.
"I'm spending a fair amount of time in Jacksonville, (but) I still live in Raleigh and will serve clients in Raleigh -- just not as many," he said.
Ernst & Young officials believe that Baker is the first woman to head a Big Four accounting firm office in Raleigh.
Baker, a CPA, has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.