BDO has named Martin van Roekel as the new CEO of the firm’s international network.

Van Roekel is the former managing partner of BDO Netherlands and is currently a member of the network’s global leadership team. He will succeed Jeremy Newman on Oct. 1. Newman is stepping down on Sept. 30 at the end of his three-year term.

“I am delighted to be taking up this leadership role, and honored to be following in the footsteps of Jeremy Newman, " said van Roekel in a statement. “I intend to continue the same pace of development and level of activity set in motion and trust that I can contribute to the further growth and success of the BDO network. It is important that the change process which has substantially promoted the positive development of BDO throughout the world is continued.”

During Newman's tenure as international CEO, the BDO network has seen growth and development in many of the network's member firms, particularly in emerging markets.  “I am grateful to all our BDO member firms, and specifically all their partners and staff, for giving me the opportunity to lead change in our network and to give BDO stronger central leadership and a more coordinated approach to the development of its business, whilst retaining our heritage and our respect for national culture,” said Newman.

Van Roekel was the managing partner of BDO Netherlands for six years and the Netherlands representative on the network's international Policy Board from 2003, becoming Chairman of the Policy Board in October 2007. He stepped down from both positions at the end of 2009 to join the network's global leadership team as the first head of network development and CEO Europe.

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