Following the positive vote in June 2019 by BDO’s Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane partners to merge their firms, a new executive position has been created - Chief Executive Partner (CEP). The CEP will be responsible for leadership of the newly merged firm, with Mr Tony Schiffmann appointed to the inaugural role.
Mr Schiffmann, who has held the position of Office Managing Partner in Brisbane for the past 20 years, will move into the new Chief Executive Partner role at completion of the merger.
The Chief Executive Partner will be responsible for working with the partnership group to lead the process for completion of the first step of the integration plans, with a focus on improved effectiveness, greater collaboration, growth opportunities for staff and enhanced client service. He will also be responsible for ensuring ongoing discussions with other BDO firms around the country, with the view to creating a fully integrated firm in Australia.
“Today’s announcement is another step forward on our national integration journey,” Mr Schiffmann commented.
“I am delighted to have been appointed as CEP and am looking forward to working with our leaders to realise the many benefits that will come from operating as an integrated practice in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
“I am excited by the opportunity to lead BDO’s successful growth ambitions at a strategic level and guide our future integration plans, two things I am very passionate about.”
Mr Schiffmann’s new role as Chief Executive Partner presented an opportunity to appoint a new Office Managing Partner (OMP) for BDO’s Brisbane office.
The Brisbane partnership has appointed Mr Steven Sorbello to the role of OMP.
Mr Sorbello, who has been a member of the BDO team for more than 23 years, is a Corporate Finance partner with a long-standing reputation in Brisbane, having managed large and complex transactions in recent years.
“I am proud and very much looking forward to working with my fellow Partners and the Board in Brisbane to build on the strength of BDO’s local market position,” Mr Sorbello said.