Kristin Winford

Kristin Winford

Executive Director; Advisory


BDO New York - Park Avenue Office



Executive Summary

Kristin Trahan Winford is a Managing Director with more than 20 years of leadership experience. She is responsible for the planning and implementation of strategies that drive sustainable and profitable growth for various BDO Consulting practices. She provides guidance on strategic assessments, and the implementation of plans that support the alignment of operating strategies and human capital to deliver exceptional client service.
Kristin facilitates performance improvement in financial, management and technology-related areas, having extensive experience with global technology and professional services firms. She has a proven track record of leading award-winning organizations to realize strategic business objectives, assess strategic alternatives, and develop and leverage human capital.
Prior to joining BDO, Kristin served as Chief Operating Officer of Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC (formerly the U.S. Corporate Restructuring practice of KPMG). In this role she led all aspects of business unit operations, focusing on human capital and operating strategies. She also directed national operations for the Corporate Restructuring and Transaction Services practices of KPMG.
Kristin frequently publishes and presents on the topics of organizational alignment, leadership, corporate governance, organizational efficacy and employee incentives. She also teaches graduate-level courses on leadership theory, business ethics, toxic leadership, human resources management, and finance leadership.

Kristin has been instrumental in organizing a number of events for The M&A Advisor, including:
  • Distressed Investing Summit, Steering Committee, 2015 & 2014
  • Distressed Investing Summit, Co-Chair, 2013
  • Emerging Leaders Symposium, Steering Committee Chair, 2013
  • M&A Advisor Summit, Co-Chair, 2012
Kristin was recognized by Consulting Magazine in 2012 in its list of “Women Leaders in Consulting” and by The M&A Advisor‘s “40 Under 40” list in 2011.


Ed.D., Creighton University
M.B.A, Arizona State University
B.A., Southern Methodist University

Community Involvement

Alpha Delta Pi Foundation, Investment Committee
College of Mount Saint Vincent, Trustee
HOBY, Trustee and Finance Committee Chair