Christopher Tower

National Assurance Managing Partner - Audit Quality and Professional Practice


BDO Orange County Office



Executive Summary

Christopher Tower has over 34 years of public accounting experience, including client-facing service delivery, practice operational oversight, and audit quality and professional practice oversight. For a significant portion of his career he has served in a client service partner role, providing audit and other attest services to a diverse mix of privately and publicly held clients. From 2003 until 2016 he also served as BDO’s West Regional Managing Partner, overseeing audit and other attestation operations. Currently, Christopher serves as the BDO’s National Managing Partner for the Audit Quality and Professional practice.  In this role, he oversees the many elements of National Assurance, including, auditing, accounting, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) services, global services, quality control, and independence.   
Christopher currently chairs BDO’s Audit Quality Committee, which oversees the Audit Partner annual Audit Quality Assessment Process. He also serves on BDO’s Assurance Committee, which sets the firm’s policies and methodology with respect to audit and other attestations services. He participated in developing and implementing the firm’s plan for improving audit quality and contributed to the firm’s annual Audit Quality Report. He has overseen various aspects of the firm’s audit quality initiatives, including chairing the Effectiveness and Efficiency Committees.
Christopher has provided services to entities in a wide range of industries with a primary focus on real estate, specialty finance, technology, and manufacturing and distribution companies.

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA)
Center for Audit Quality, Professional Practice Executive Committee


B.S., Business Administration, Haas Business School, University of California, Berkeley

Community Involvement

Laguna College of Art and Design, Board Trustee
Pacific Symphony Orchestra of Orange County, Board Trustee