Wayne Berson, Chief Executive Officer, BDO USA & Chairman, BDO International

“My management philosophy has always been getting the wrong people off the bus.”– Wayne Berson

In this episode, Ashutosh Garg engages in an insightful conversation with Wayne Berson, CEO- BDO USA and Chairman- BDO International. Berson is a public accounting professional and the Chairman of an 11 billion-dollar company.

Berson reminisces about the three key milestones in his life. He addresses the challenges faced while running a global business that stretches out to more than 160 countries. He shares the breathtaking story of building BDO USA from being a 600 million dollar company to a 2 billion dollar organization. Berson shares tips about how to manage a business in different cultures.

The highly successful CEO puts forth the qualities a good CEO must have. He explains what he looks for when hiring a person. Berson emphasizes the importance of building a sustainable business. He shares insights and less-known secrets about acquisition. He attempts to define his unique style of leadership. The corporate virtuoso defines success meticulously. Before concluding, he gives advice to young individuals starting their careers in accounting.

Wayne Berson, Chief Executive Officer, BDO USA & Chairman, BDO International



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, International Accounting Bulletin, 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 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 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.

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