Frans Samyn was appointed chief executive of BDO International in October 2002, having been managing partner for the previous 23 years of the Belgian BDO member firm, now known as BDO Atrio.  Educated in Belgium, the U.S. and the Netherlands, Samyn is proficient in five languages. He will step down in September 2008 when his term comes to an end. BDO has appointed Jeremy Newman, managing partner at U.K. member BDO Stoy Hayward, to take over effective October 1. However, Samyn is still in charge at the firm's global coordination office in Brussels. BDO International is the fifth-largest accounting network in the world and includes member firm BDO Seidman in the U.S. Samyn sat down recently to discuss recent trends in the accounting profession with WebCPA.

Q: Do you expect that the convergence process between IFRS and GAAP will go smoothly for firms like yours?

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