Phillip Austin

Phillip Austin

National Assurance Managing Partner – Auditing


BDO Chicago National Office



Executive Summary

Phillip Austin has over 27 years of public accounting experience, including client-facing service delivery; public policy, strategy and regulation; 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. His experience includes auditing, ICFR attestation, IFRS and US GAAP technical accounting advisory. He has substantial experience in establishing strategy and instituting transformation programs that change the way audits are delivered, and improving the audit experience for clients and professionals executing audits.

Phillip serves as BDO’s National Managing Partner of Auditing. In this role, he oversees how we perform our public and private company audit and attestation services, including the technical support functions for the Nonprofit, EBP and SOC practice groups. Phillip focuses, among other things, on refreshing BDO’s audit strategy, leading transformation of our approach to audit execution, enhancing our approach to audit methodology consultations with the practice, further developing the reach and depth of our global and IFRS services, and leading the National Audit team.

Phillip chairs BDO’s Assurance Committee, which sets Firm policy governing the delivery of audit and attestation services. He participates in developing and implementing the Firm’s plan for improving audit quality and contributes to the Firm’s annual Audit Quality Report.

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Illinois Association of Certified Public Accountants
South African Institute of Chartered Accountants


B.Compt., Accounting Science (honors), University of South Africa

Community Involvement

Breaking Bread Ministry to the Homeless, Chicago
Young Lives, Chicago
Tocqueville Society – Order of Liberty, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago