BDO MP Appointed to PCAOB Standing Advisory Group

Christopher Tower

Christopher Tower

Christopher Tower, national MP for audit quality and professional practice at Chicago-based BDO USA (FY17 net revenue of $1.4 billion), has been appointed to the standing advisory group (SAG) of PCAOB.

Made up of representatives from accounting, auditing, financial reporting, corporate finance, corporate governance and investor groups, the SAG advises the PCAOB on the development of auditing and related professional practice standards.

“Our entire firm takes pride in Christopher being recognized through this tremendous achievement,” says Wayne Berson, BDO CEO. “His extensive experience at BDO – having served as the West region managing partner, long tenure on the assurance standard setting and audit committees and his current role leading the firm’s national assurance office and audit quality initiatives – will make him a valuable contributor to the SAG.”

“At BDO USA, we are committed to delivering quality audits to meet the growing expectations of today’s complex financial reporting challenges. By leveraging leading-edge technology and investing in new innovations we are constantly seeking to improve processes that will enhance audit quality,” says Tower. “As a member of the PCAOB’s standing advisory group, I will be able to share lessons learned from these efforts and, most importantly, communicate what our clients view as critical information to be shared with investors and other stakeholders.”

Tower was appointed national MP for audit quality and professional practice at BDO USA in 2016. He previously served on the firm’s board of directors and served as a regional assurance leader for many years. Tower has more than 30 years of public accounting experience serving both private and public companies. His experience includes auditing, ICFR attestation, technical accounting advisory, transaction due diligence and other advisory services. Tower also has experience in managing public offerings and private placements with significant engagements involving initial and secondary stock offerings and debt offerings, as well as securitizations.