BDO France appoints Philippe Arraou as Chairman of the Executive Board

09 January 2018 2 min. read
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The French arm of BDO France – which is celebrating its 10th anniversary – has recently appointed Philippe Arraou, a veteran of the professional services industry, to the role of Chairman of the Executive Board.

Philippe Arraou is the founder of EUROSUD, a professional services firm with a specialty for cross-border challenges between France and Space. The company has operated in the space since 1986. Throughout his career, he has held various roles founding and working on the boards of professional services specific organisations, such as the Auditors Consultants and European Experts (ACEE), which he founded  in 1989, and the European Federation of SME Accountants, which he co-founded in 1996. He is currently the honorary president of the Senior Council of the Order of Chartered Accountants; Member of the Board of the International Federation of Accountants; and has been nominated for a major advisory panel for the French Government’s Digital Transition taskforce.

Arraou takes the role of Chairman of the Executive Board, tasked with leading the accounting and consulting firm into a new stage of development in the country. BDO has since its founding ten years ago experienced solid growth – today the firm is the fifth largest in the audit and accounting segment in France, and also one of the larger consultancy providers. BDO employs 1,200 professionals in France, of whom 60% are women, operating from 45 offices across the country.

Phillippe Arraou, Chairman, BDO

Commenting on his appointment, Arraou, said, “Joining a network like BDO is very stimulating, it is the ideal ground for putting into practice the ideas I have developed over the past years.” He added that the firm aims to continue its growth trajectory in France, with services including auditing, digital, consulting and innovation to remain high on the agenda, serving both large corporates as well as small and medium-sized enterprises.

Arraou succeeds Michel Léger, who remains active in the company and becomes Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Léger stresses that "the changes in the profession - including the impact of digital and regulatory developments - create a community of interest among all its stakeholders to anticipate the needs of customers. The 10-year-old BDO project illustrates the validity of this model, which combines the power and resources of a global network with the proximity and responsiveness of local offices.”

Last month BDO France opened its new French headquarters in Paris, in a move that consolidated a number of its offices in the capital city.