Wayne Berson was elected CEO of BDO USA in 2012, at which time he assumed his position as a member of the Global Board of BDO. Mr. Berson has overseen an aggressive expansion initiative that has seen BDO USA add more than 500 staff through the addition of professional resources in Alaska, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Prior to his election as CEO, he served as BDO USA’s Atlantic Regional Business Line Leader for Assurance Services since 2008 and as a member of the U.S. firm’s Board of Directors since 2009, serving as the board’s presiding member since 2010.
Active in charities and civic organisations, Wayne serves on the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunisations (formerly The Vaccine Fund), a multi-national, multi-billion dollar not-for-profit humanitarian organisation (www.gavialliance.org) supported by Bill Gates, and as a Trustee of the Federal City Council, a DC-based business group providing support and advice to the Mayor and City Council. A former president of the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, Mr. Berson is also an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Society of Association Executives. A native of South Africa, Wayne is a graduate of the University of Cape Town.