BDO appoints five partners lifting leadership to over 200

15 January 2020 2 min. read
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Accounting and consulting firm BDO has per the 1st of January appointed five new partners.

Sydney-based Geoff Rooney is an assurance specialist with a focus on the financial services sector. Throughout his career he has managed multiple large and small audits and advisory engagements across various sectors. Rooney joined BDO as an Associate Director in 2018, having previously served Big Four firm EY for thirteen years.

Kathy Robertson has also been promoted from within the firm. She joined BDO at the start of 2017 from rival network RSM. Earlier in her career, Robertson, who relocated to Australia from the US four years ago, worked over seven years for RubinBrown and a legal predecessor of Baler Tilly. Robertson is based in Melbourne and works in BDO’s audit and assurance division, focusing on large and listed companies.

BDO appoints five partners lifting leadership to over 200

Ashleigh Woodley has joined the partner team in Perth. She joined BDO in early 2007 following the completion of her studies at the University of Western Australia. She has experience in both the local and international markets and is responsible for audit and consulting services to large and medium size public and private organisations in a range of industries.

Meanwhile, Andrew Jones and Joubert Breet have become a partner in Brisbane. Breet works in the firm’s Advisory practice, with a focus on risk management. He has some 20 years of experience providing contract and procurement assurance and advisory services to the private and public sector. Jones is specialised in tax, and provides tax solutions and advice to large corporate, international and government clients.

Commenting on the quintet of promotions, Tony Schiffmann, a senior partner at BDO, said: “Our newly appointed Partners have all achieved exceptional client service while working hard to develop the highest-performing teams and create business efficiencies, establishing BDO Australia as a leader in its chosen markets. We look forward to their continued success at the firm.”

The intake lifts the size of BDO’s partner team to above 200, consolidating its position as Australia’s sixth largest accounting-origin professional services firm.

Schiffmann is thrilled to have achieved the milestone, but says that there is more to come. “We expect 2020 will be an exciting year for BDO with new partner promotions and talent joining the firm, continued growth and the merging of the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane offices creating new opportunities for BDO to win high-calibre work that has traditionally sat within the domain of the Big Four.”