BDO has announced that Matthew White will begin a second term as senior partner at the firm until 2026, after being elected in 2018.
Looking ahead, his next term will see White continue a focus on governance and ESG as well as playing a “key” role in succession planning within BDO, liaising with regulators, and growing the firm’s international presence.
BDO said White has made a “significant impact” within the firm leading projects that include a review into the overall governance structure of the firm, overseeing the governance of the newly enlarged firm when BDO merged with Moore Stephens LLP in 2019, and recently appointing three new independent non-executives (INEs).
White has also led the creation of BDO’s ESG board, on which he holds the position of co-chair. The ESG board includes a number of partners and individuals from across the firm and is working towards BDO’s global commitment to becoming Net Zero by 2050 or sooner, in addition to other key elements of BDO’s ESG strategy.
Prior to becoming BDO’s senior partner in 2018, White was an audit partner, working within the firm since 2008. His specialisms include advising professional services firms in the UK and internationally including large listed and privately owned companies.
White said: “It has been a great honour to serve my first term as senior partner. The role has evolved significantly over this period, driven by the growth of the firm, the unprecedented and ongoing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and increasing regulatory scrutiny.
“I have worked with a number of teams and individuals throughout the firm during this time. It is this culture of collaboration which I believe has resulted in a successful first term and will continue to be essential over the next four years.”
Paul Eagland, BDO managing partner, added: “Over the last four years Matthew has proven he was the right person for the job and made a huge impact, successfully leading significant firmwide projects including our Net Zero journey and governance structure. These remain key priorities for BDO and I look forward to seeing more success across the next four years.”