Wayne Berson

Wayne Berson

Chief Executive Officer


BDO Potomac Office



Executive Summary

Wayne Berson is the CEO of BDO USA, LLP. He previously served as the Atlantic Assurance Regional Managing Partner and from 2010 through 2012 as Chairman of the BDO Board of Directors. His participation in key Firm initiatives has included the Women’s Initiative, Alliance program, National Ad Campaign, International Recruiting Initiative, IT Advisory Committee, Leadership Institute Committee and Marketing Task Force.  Wayne is also Chair of the Global Board of Directors of BDO International, Ltd.

He has been interviewed in national accounting publications such as Accounting Today, Journal of Accountancy, Practical Accountant, The Wall Street Journal, various state society magazines, and the Washington Business Journal, which in 2012 and 2013 named him as one of the Washington, D.C. region’s one-hundred most powerful business leaders. In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,2017 and 2018 he was included in Accounting Today’s list of the top 100 most influential people and in 2017 named as one of Accounting Today’s 2017 Managing Partner Elite. In 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 he was named to the NACD Directorship 100, and in 2016 he was presented with the year’s GWSCPA Outstanding Service to the Profession Award.

Professional Affiliations

30% Club U.S. – Founding member
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Past Member, Private Companies Practice Section Executive Committee; Member, Nominations Committee
Center for Audit Quality – Governing Board Member and Chair of Financial Oversight Committee
CPA Government and Nonprofit Report - Editorial Advisory Board Member
Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunizations – former Board Member and Chair of Audit Committee
Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants -
Management of an Accounting Practice Committee Member,
Accounting Principles and Nonprofit Committee Member,
Past President of the Board of Governors Executive Committee
Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants
National Association of Corporate Directors – Governance Fellow
Virginia Association of Certified Public Accountants


B.Comm, Accounting, University of Cape Town
Accounting Science degree, Honors, University of South Africa