Christopher Tower

Christopher Tower

National Assurance Managing Partner - Audit Quality and Professional Practice


BDO Orange County Office



Executive Summary

Christopher Tower has more than 37 years of public accounting experience, including client service, practice operational oversight, and audit quality and professional practice oversight. For a significant portion of his career he has provided audit and other attest services to a diverse mix of privately and publicly held clients in a wide range of industries with a primary focus on real estate, specialty finance, technology, and manufacturing and distribution companies. From 2003 until 2016 he also served as BDO’s west regional managing partner. Currently, Christopher serves as BDO’s national managing partner overseeing 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 attestation services. Christopher 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.

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA)
Center for Audit Quality, Professional Practice Executive Committee
PCAOB Standing Advisory Group - Member


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

Community Involvement

Laguna College of Art and Design, Board Trustee
Pacific Symphony of Orange County, Board Trustee and Executive Committee Member