Danny McCance 15 Jun 2017 10:52am

BDO appoints new global chief executive

Keith Farlinger will take the reins from Martin van Roekel at the mid-tier firm from November 1

Farlinger is the former chief executive of BDO Canada and a member of the network’s Global Leadership Team in the role of CEO Americas.

He spent seven years as head of the Canadian firm and prior to this was an audit partner for 12 years.

“I am very pleased to be taking up this leadership role and it is a particular honour to succeed Martin van Roekel,” Farlinger said.

“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.

“It is important that the change process and strategic approach introduced in recent years continues to be implemented successfully.

“It is my aim to ensure the further positive development of our member firms and of the network as a whole”, Farlinger added.

Van Roekel, who spent six years as CEO will step down from the role on 31 of October, continuing at BDO in the capacity of vice chairman.

“I am grateful to all BDO firms and their partners and staff for their great cooperation in the past years, supporting the on-going changes and being very helpful and accommodating in the process of investing and building an even stronger and more successful BDO network – all the time maintaining our unique BDO culture,” said Van Roekel.

During his time at BDO, Van Roekel has overseen impressive growth and expansion, with the firm making a record breaking 980 promotions in December of last year.

At the beginning of the year BDO expanded its global reach, adding Betham & Co to its global network, complementing the firm’s existing member firms in Fiji, French Polynesia and New Zealand, and expanding its reach in the Pacific region.

Last month, the firm forced KPMG to share their top spot as preferred audit firm for the AIM, with 148 clients.