Howard Allenberg

Howard Allenberg



BDO Chicago Office



Executive Summary

Howard Allenberg brings more than 45 years of experience to BDO. He currently works with the firm’s senior leadership on practice expansions and other strategic projects.

He served as BDO’s Chief Financial Officer from November 2004 to July 2014.  During that time, he was responsible for managing the firm’s finance and accounting functions and overseeing its banking, information technology and real estate requirements.  

From July 2000 to November 2004, Howard served as BDO’s Chief Information Officer, and from July 1996 to July 2000, he served as the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to 1996, he had a variety of roles, including Office Managing Partner of the Detroit practice (1993-1996); Office Managing Partner of the Milwaukee practice (1990-1993); and Director of Accounting and Auditing in the firm’s Memphis office (1981-1990). Howard joined the Memphis office in 1973, after serving as an intern. He was admitted to the partnership in 1982.

Howard has also served on the firm’s Board of Directors, including as Chairman of the Financial Oversight and Budget Committee and as a member of the Board’s Partner Admissions, Nominating, Merger, and Banking Committees. He has also served on several other national committees, including the Human Resources, Retirement, Structure, Information Technology, and Insurance Committees, as well as task forces and working groups dealing with strategic planning, partner admissions, partner compensation, market prominence and firm structure.

Howard’s client work has included consulting with privately held and publicly traded companies, both foreign and domestic, in a variety of industries. Working alongside BDO International representatives from France, Germany, the Netherlands and United Kingdom, Howard helped develop BDO International’s guidelines for assisting clients in international acquisitions.

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Financial Executives Institute
Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants
Institute of Management Accountants
Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (Life Member)


B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (with honors)