BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s premier accounting and advisory firms, announced the re-election of Wayne Berson as CEO for a fourth term after guiding the firm through a 10-year period of industry-leading growth. Kelly Johnson was re-elected as chair of BDO’s Board of Directors, and additional partners were elected or re-elected to three-year terms. These changes were made effective on Nov. 1, 2022.
“I am honored and humbled to serve in this role for another term,” says Berson. “I am grateful to every professional who continues to make BDO the preeminent advisor to the middle market by embracing our business strategy and living our core purpose of helping people thrive every day. While we have accomplished so much, I’m excited for what’s ahead as we continue to invest in our people, our clients and our communities.” Berson is also the chair of the global board of directors of BDO International, Ltd.
Re-elected by overwhelming majority of the U.S. partnership, Berson will hold the CEO position through June 30, 2026. Under his leadership, BDO has grown from $618 million in revenue to $2.5 billion in 2022. Over the past decade, the firm has made significant advancements in its expansion strategy and nurtured a culture of innovation while keeping quality and exceptional service at the core of its business. Berson remains committed to achieving sustainable growth guided by a purpose that puts people and culture first.
“I congratulate Wayne on his well-deserved re-election,” says Johnson. “In the 10 years of Wayne’s tenure as CEO, the firm has seen tremendous change. His steady leadership and vision have guided the firm through many successes and challenges, including the pandemic, to ensure BDO remains the premier choice for clients and talent in accounting and professional services.”
Berson joined BDO in 2001, and prior to moving into the corner office in 2012, he was the Atlantic assurance regional managing partner and chairman of the BDO USA board of directors.
In addition to her role as Business Services and Outsourcing (BSO) national practice leader, Johnson was re-elected by the BDO Board of Directors for a fourth term as chair.
“On behalf of the board of directors, I’d like to extend my sincere congratulations to Kelly on her re-election,” Berson said. “At a time when the firm has achieved significant growth, Kelly’s focus on leading with purpose will ensure our continued success and sustainability.”
BDO partners re-elected to new three-year terms on the board of directors include Atlantic Assurance Regional Managing Partner (RMP) Mark Ellenbogen, West Tax RMP Hoon Lee, and Healthcare Practice Global and National Leader Steven Shill. Tiffany Prudhomme, national managing partner of quality in the regions and industry, was elected to her first term. Prudhomme leads the regional and industry technical partner network in its focus on the firm’s delivery of audit and attestation services, implementation and monitoring of audit quality initiatives, and compliance with professional standards and firm policies. Central Assurance RMP Tony Lawrence stepped down from the board on Oct. 31 after reaching term limits.
Alongside Berson, Johnson, Ellenbogen, Lee, Prudhomme and Shill, members of the BDO Board of Directors also include Tony Argiz, Mike Campbell, Maria Karalis, Natalie Kotlyar, Monika Loving, and John Marquardt.