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Mid-tier creates new chief executive partner position post-merger


BDO has announced the creation of a new chief executive partner role as it looks to solidify plans to merge its firms into a single national entity.

By Jotham Lian 11 minute read

Following the successful vote earlier this year by BDO’s Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane partners to merge their firms, Tony Schiffmann has been appointed to the newly created executive position of chief executive partner, tasked with the responsibility of leading the newly merged firm.

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. 

According to the mid-tier, Mr Schiffmann’s new role will see him 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.

BDO has offices in Darwin, Cairns, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.  

“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,” Mr Schiffmann said.

“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.”

With Mr Schiffmann vacating his previous role as BDO Brisbane’s office managing partner, Steven Sorbello has now been appointed to the role, effective from the date of completion of the merger.

Mr Sorbello, who has been a member of the BDO team for more than 23 years, is currently BDO’s national leader for corporate finance.

Jotham Lian

Jotham Lian


Jotham Lian is the editor of Accountants Daily, the leading source of breaking news, analysis and insight for Australian accounting professionals.

Before joining the team in 2017, Jotham wrote for a range of national mastheads including the Sydney Morning Herald, and Channel NewsAsia.

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