Kristin Winford

Kristin Winford

Principal, Advisory; Strategic Planning and Operational Excellence


BDO Austin Office



Executive Summary

Kristin Trahan Winford is a Principal in BDO USA LLP with more than 25 years of leadership experience. She is responsible for the planning and implementation of strategies that drive sustainable and profitable growth for BDO’s US Advisory Practice, as well as developing and implementing the units’ operating strategy. 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 a Big Four firm). 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 a Big Four firm.

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.


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