• BDO appoints new
    Global General Counsel

Zara Hovhannisyan becomes BDO’s Global General Counsel

11 April 2023

BRUSSELS, 11 April 2023: BDO has announced that effective immediately, Zara Hovhannisyan, BDO’s Head of Legal will become the new Global General Counsel.

The fast pace of change, a complex business environment, increased regulatory pressures and our uncompromising commitment to quality have increased the need to ensure dedicated leadership positions.

Pat Kramer, CEO BDO Global, adds: “In recent years, BDO has grown considerably. To further protect and strengthen BDO’s reputation, dedicated Global Leadership is required to drive the  global legal, risk & compliance and quality agendas respectively. I’m thrilled that Zara has accepted to take up the role of Global General Counsel, which is an important role within our Global Leadership Team.”

Commenting on her appointment, Zara says: “I am delighted to be taking up the role of the Global General Counsel and joining the Global Leadership Team. In this new role, I will continue to support the Global CEO and Global Board and will continue to work very closely with my colleagues on the Global Leadership Team.”

About Zara Hovhannisyan

Prior to becoming BDO’s Global Head of Legal  in 2021, Zara Hovhannisyan was the Deputy Head of Legal and Privacy Officer since 2019. Zara has been with BDO’s Global Office since 2013, gradually building her career and in-depth expertise.

She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Corporate & Economic Law, University of Kent. Zara is a member of the Belgian Institute of In-house Counsels and a certified privacy professional. She speaks English, Armenian, Russian, French and Portuguese which is another reason she is so passionate about BDO and its global outreach.