BDO USA, LLP Appoints Blake Wilson Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer

Jerry Walsh          
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Chicago, IL -- BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation's leading accounting and advisory firms, today announced that national assurance partner, Blake Wilson has been appointed the firm’s new chief compliance & ethics officer.  He succeeds John Lucas, who will retire from BDO in June after 40 years with the firm.   Mr. Lucas will work to transition his responsibilities to Mr. Wilson in the interim.
“I’d like to congratulate Blake on this well-deserved appointment,” said Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO USA. “He is extremely well-qualified for this role. His previous experience at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) gives him valuable insight into the regulatory perspective, and his integrity and professionalism are beyond reproach. I’d also like to thank John for his long service and for setting the bar so high as the firm’s first chief compliance & ethics officer, a position established in 2012.”
The chief compliance & ethics officer is responsible for directing the Compliance & Ethics Office to effectively manage risk, prevent and detect criminal conduct, and ensure firm compliance with internal policies and procedures and applicable external regulatory guidelines. 
“I’m honored to be named the firm’s chief compliance and ethics officer, and take the responsibility very seriously,” says Wilson. “John has laid down a high standard, but I’m confident I’ll be able to draw on his experiences during the transition and incorporate them into my new role.”
Blake Wilson has more than 20 years of accounting experience.  As a national assurance partner, he has been responsible for evaluating and enhancing the firm’s quality control processes and educating engagement teams regarding compliance with PCAOB auditing standards. Prior to joining BDO, Wilson was an associate director in the PCAOB’s Division of Registration and Inspections, serving in various roles within the PCAOB’s Global Network Firm program, which oversees the inspections of the world’s six largest audit firm networks. He also led a firm management and monitoring team focused on testing and evaluating the quality control processes of one of the largest global network firms, led practice office inspections and served as an associate team leader. Prior to joining the PCAOB, Wilson served as an audit manager at two global network firms.
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