A New Hampshire-based planner has been elected as new chair of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA).

Susan M. John, president of Financial Focus Inc. in Wolfeboro, N.H., was elected to the post by NAPFA's national board on May 18, during the fee-only organization's annual meeting in Chicago.

John is scheduled to become leader of the 2,100-member organization on September 1, succeeding the current chairman, William T. Baldwin.

In a position paper she authored for her candidacy, John stated that her top priority would be to continue NAPFA's advocacy for a uniform fiduciary standard for all advisors.

"For more than a quarter century, NAPFA members have put their clients' interest first because they adopted a true fiduciary standard," she said in a prepared statement. "NAPFA was first to implement a peer review process and was first to recognize the important role that communications plays in the advisor-client relationship."

John began her career as a financial planner in 1985 and earned her CFP credential four years later, according to NAPFA. She joined NAPFA in 1990 and is currently chair of the national board's Industry Issues Committee, which formulates the organization's position on issues of importance to its membership, according to NAPFA.