We need to always remember why we are here – to help people flourish and succeed.
Wayne Berson, Chief Executive Officer of BDO USA, LLP and Chair of the Global Board of Directors of BDO International, Ltd., leads BDO’s professionals in providing middle market leaders with insight-driven perspectives, which are designed to help companies take business as usual to better than usual. Like his team, Wayne is dedicated to helping people thrive every day.
Named to Accounting Today’s ‘Top 100 Most Influential People’ for the past eight years, Wayne brings a unique perspective on what it takes to transform a successful 20th century firm into a 21st century powerhouse. From leading the firm to unparalleled growth to ensuring resilience during uncertain times to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture of collaboration and innovation, Wayne demonstrates how a Chief Executive Officer can navigate today’s complex business environment.
Do we truly understand the importance of inclusion? An article from CEO Wayne BersonNovember 4, 2022
Like other South Africans, I chose to immigrate to the United States, where I believed people from any background could have an opportunity to succeed.
Thriving with PurposeOctober 18, 2022
At BDO, we believe that if we activate our purpose with authentic, long-term commitment, everyone benefits.
Part 2: Conscious capitalism and the transformation of the leadership mindsetSeptember 30, 2022
Practical shifts that leaders can take to fully embrace conscious capitalism and make it come alive in their organizations.
Why conscious capitalism? Why now?August 12, 2022
Conscious capitalism aims to elevate the way we do business. How can it help the middle market?
Growth is good. Smart, sustainable growth is better.July 12, 2022
As leaders, we must do more than “manage” our organizations. We must help them grow and thrive. How do we do this during times of constant – and constantly unpredictable – change?
Reset. Then, Reinvent.August 26, 2021
As the business landscape rapidly evolves, the middle market’s roadmap to sustainable success must also adapt and respond.
Play The Long GameJune 7, 2021
As business leaders reflect on the next few months – and years – of the Biden administration, it’s important to remember that while some organizational change is a response to policy shifts, there are opportunities for the business community to lead the way on issues that can, and should, transcend politics over the long term.
This Is The Year of AccountabilityApril 16, 2021
This will be the year leaders decide if the lessons of the past are worth minding in the future.
Reflection on The Role of Culture in Crisis - And BeyondMarch 11, 2021
How COVID-19, a year later, has put culture center stage and changed the way leaders think, plan and act.
The Leadership Imperative In The Workplace of TomorrowFebruary 12, 2021
When it comes to people, places, and productivity, it's up to the leaders of today to act to ensure agility and resilience for tomorrow.
The Middle Market Is ReadyJanuary 19, 2021
2021 will be a year of recovery and opportunity and the middle market is defining what comes next, according to BDO's Middle Market CFO Outlook Survey
Messages from Wayne
As we’ve simultaneously navigated the uncharted waters of a global health crisis, reckoned with racial injustice and xenophobia within our nation, and adapted to the fundamental changes in how we live and work, business leaders have been faced with many new challenges and have had to make incredibly difficult decisions in order to support their people, companies and communities. For Wayne’s detailed statements regarding the moments that changed our national dialogue and impacted each of us professionally and personally, please visit the messages below:
BDO USA CEO Wayne Berson Shares Message to BDO Employees About Standing with the Asian American CommunityMarch 19, 2021
We stand with the Asian American community and will strive to do our part to make our firm – and our world – a more welcoming place for all.
A Day to Recharge and Reflect: BDO USA CEO Wayne Berson Shares His ThoughtsAugust 17, 2020
A Message From BDO USA CEO Wayne Berson
A Message from BDO USA CEO Wayne Berson: Reaffirming Our Purpose Amid Recent EventsJune 2, 2020
We stand with the Black community and promise to do our part to end racial injustice. We choose humanity over hatred and empathy over apathy.
Apart And Together: Leading With Values In Times Of UncertaintyApril 1, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered how we live and work and has placed epic challenges in our path at every turn.
BDO’s Response to COVID-19 and Our Commitment to YouMarch 10, 2020
BDO’s Response to COVID-19 and Our Commitment to You
Wayne's Path to CEO
In The News
Accounting Today | MAY 05, 2021 BDO’s Berson: Firms can’t let up now
The Wall Street Journal | JANUARY 12, 2021 CFOs at U.S. Midmarket Companies Predict Revenues Will Rebound
Podcast: The Brand Called You | NOVEMBER 18, 2020 S2 E103 Wayne Berson, Chief Executive Officer, BDO USA & Chairman, BDO International
Chief Executive Magazine | OCTOBER 28, 2020 BDO's Wayne Berson: 'We Needed To Become A 21st Century Powerhouse
Accounting Today | SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 BDO USA sees revenue rise 11.3% to $1.8B despite pandemic
THE BDO USA GROWTH STORY
The formula BDO USA CEO and BDO International Global Board Chair Wayne Berson stands by is 1+1=3. This may sound odd, given the profession. However, the most impactful leaders understand that the strongest organizations are more than the sum of their parts. Successful organizations build upon already strong foundations by creating synergy between individuals and providing space for the best ideas to converge and grow – all for the benefit of the whole. It’s a way of thinking that BDO USA has lived by since Wayne took the helm of the firm in 2012 and set out to transform a successful 20th century firm into a 21st century powerhouse.
Since 2012, BDO USA has grown from a 2,500 to more than 9,800-person accounting and advisory middle market force, increasing its revenue from $618M to $2B. That is a growth rate of over 200%, an accomplishment no other public accounting firm has been able to achieve during a nine-year span. A significant portion of this success is a direct result of the 56 expansions Wayne and the leadership team have pursued during his tenure. In fact, only 39% of total growth can be attributed to our expansion strategy. The rest, a full 61%, is organic. This organic growth wouldn’t have been realized had we not sought out the most dynamic organizations powered by some of the smartest people in the profession. Critically, these teams were also committed to BDO’s purpose and culture and were able to seamlessly integrate to create a singularly minded firm focused on helping our people, clients and communities thrive.
“We believe the leaders of tomorrow will be those who understand and embrace disruption while cultivating a resilient and unified corporate culture,” said Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO USA and BDO International Global Board Chair. “The BDO global organization encourages an entrepreneurial mindset and diversity of thought, providing a platform that allows for robust international collaboration while equally valuing the approach each firm takes to foster innovation and excellence across each market and for each client. These unique perspectives, resources and experiences have helped drive our success and will continue to fuel our collective future.”