New Global Leadership Team

New Global Leadership Team

The fast pace of change, a complex business environment, increased regulatory pressures, our uncompromising commitment to manage Quality and Risk and a clear ambition to grow global business have made a reorganisation of BDO’s Global office and its leadership team necessary.

The following changes have been made:

Trond-Morten Lindberg will become the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer. The time is right to modernise our regional structure and improve its overall effectiveness. Reorganising our regions will provide a real opportunity to engage and manage the regional geographies in a different way. Trond-Morten will also ensure an even roll-out of our Global BDO strategies within all our firms worldwide, including the sustainability programme and a number of highly important international business areas.

Albert Lopez, currently Regional CEO of the Americas, will continue to support the Americas region, and in particular the Latam and Caribbean firms, as Regional Managing Director, Americas. He will also continue to be the global BSO leader. Albert will report to Trond-Morten.

Zara Hovhannisyan, currently Head of Legal at the Global Office, will take up the role of Global General Counsel, with direct support to the CEO and Board. 

These past years, we have built a strong risk management foundation, but as its importance will only keep growing, it will require dedicated leadership. Basile Dura will continue to drive the global risk and compliance agenda, as our Global Head of Risk & Compliance.    

Audit Quality will be placed under the direction of Daphna Smuckler, Global Head of Audit & Assurance. She will further increase our focus on audit quality with a continued spotlight on innovation and technology.


As a consequence, the Global Leadership Team will consist of the following Global Leaders:

  • Pat Kramer, Global CEO
  • Trond-Morten Lindberg, Global Chief Strategy and Operations Officer
  • Daphna Smuckler, Global Head of Audit & Assurance
  • Robert Aziz, Global Head of Tax and Global Head of People & Culture
  • Jay Duke, Global Head of Advisory
  • Belinda Thompson, Global Head of Technology
  • Basile Dura, Global Head of Risk & Compliance
  • Zara Hovhannisyan, Global General Counsel