Pat Kramer to Succeed Keith Farlinger as BDO’s Global CEO

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Chicago/Brussels, May 12, 2022 – BDO, one of the world’s leading global networks of independent public accounting firms, has announced that Pat Kramer, CEO of BDO in Canada and currently a member of BDO’s Global Board, will succeed Keith Farlinger as the Global CEO of the BDO organization. Kramer’s appointment is effective November 1, 2022. Farlinger will step down as CEO on October 31, 2022, having been in the role for five years.

Kramer has been CEO of BDO in Canada since 2015, during which time the firm has grown impressively in revenues, celebrated its Centennial in 2021 and joined the ranks of Canada’s Top 100 employers. Kramer’s leadership is marked by a focus on culture and digital transformation. He has been the Canadian member of the BDO Global Board since his appointment as CEO and has been integrally involved in strategic planning and execution and is keenly committed to the international organization. 

Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO USA, LLP and BDO’s Global Chairman said, “Pat has won great respect throughout the global organization and was the unanimous choice of the BDO Global Board. I look forward to working with Pat in his new role to further strengthen and grow BDO’s contribution to the global middle market. We thank Keith for his exemplary service these past five years.”

As Global CEO, Farlinger’s focus has been to unify the global network with a common dream of “It’s Time for BDO to Lead.”  He has solidified BDO as a global organization, based on a strong leadership strategy, with risk, quality and digital transformation as guiding principles.  Driving adoption of the organization’s shared purpose of people helping people achieve their dreams, he has fostered strong collaboration among BDO firms and won exceptional commitment from BDO professionals worldwide, despite challenging circumstances. In 2021, he made a global commitment to achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.



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