BKD Names New MP

BKD, LLP (FY11 net revenue of $390.6 million) named regional MP Ted Dickman as its next CEO, effective  June 1.

“I’m both humbled and excited to be chosen to continue leading our firm forward into a dynamically changing world,” Dickman says.  “I hope to build upon the initiatives and industry leadership the firm has developed while also finding additional opportunities for growth.”

Dickman will be in charge of nearly 2,000 employees who serve clients in all 50 states and internationally.  He has spent the last four years as regional managing partner of BKD’s East Region, strategically coordinating operations in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, in addition to serving on the firm’s Governing Board.  Prior to that, he was managing partner of offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as offices in Indianapolis, Bloomington, Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Indiana.

“BKD is built on a foundation of integrity, excellence and an unwavering commitment to providing unmatched client service,” Dickman said.  “Those are standards we’ve worked toward for more than 85 years, and I look forward to using my experience and passion for this firm to continue those traditions.”

BKD’s Governing Board recommended Dickman for the position, and the decision was ratified by the firm’s 250 partners.

Dickman succeeds CEO Neal Spencer, who announced in February his decision to step down.  During Spencer’s five-year tenure, BKD expanded into several markets through acquisition, adding offices in Texas and Mississippi.

“I’m thrilled with the firm’s decision to name Ted as our new leader,” Spencer said.  “With the expertise of our professionals, BKD is in a strong position for continued success.  Ted is totally committed to growth, and he has the integrity, experience and history with our firm to lead BKD into the future.”

Dickman entered the public accounting field in 1983 as a tax professional in the firm’s Indianapolis office and was elected partner in 1991.  He is a 1983 graduate with distinction of Indiana University, Bloomington, with a B.S. degree in accounting.