BDO picks Keith Farlinger as next global CEO

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BDO’s global network of accounting firms has named Keith Farlinger as CEO of BDO International, succeeding Martin van Roekel, on Nov. 1, 2017.

Farlinger was CEO of BDO Canada for seven years until 2015 and now serves as CEO of the Americas region as part of the network’s global leadership team. BDO has a global network of more than 1,400 offices in over 150 countries.

Once Farlinger becomes CEO in November, van Roekel will become vice-chairman of BDO International, where he will deal with strategic priorities such as China and Hong Kong.

“I am very pleased to be taking up this leadership role and it is a particular honor to succeed Martin van Roekel,” Farlinger said in a statement. “I intend to continue the same pace of development and level of activity that he has set in motion and trust that I can actively contribute to the further growth and success of the BDO network.”

BDO USA CEO Wayne Berson, who also chairs the network’s global board, congratulated Farlinger on his appointment. “As a member of the global leadership team, Keith has already been a valuable contributor to the network's growth strategy and his contributions will grow even further as he assumes his duties as CEO,” he said in a statement. “I also want to take this time to thank Martin van Roekel for all he has done for the network over the past six years. During his tenure, the BDO network has experienced impressive growth and become the leader in the consolidation of the profession’s mid-tier.”

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