New managing partner at BDO pledges to keep firm in ‘growth mode’

Liam Hession and Denis Herlihy of BDO Limerick. Photo: Arthur Ellis.

BDO’s newly-appointed managing partner for Limerick has pledged to maintain the current upward trajectory of the O’Connell Street-based audit, tax, and advisory firm.

Liam Hession, who has been with the firm for more than 10 years, is set to take up the leadership role at BDO’s Limerick office.

The Roscommon man first began his career as a trainee at BDO in 2000, before moving on to become a partner at Howath Bastow Charleton. In 2008, he was appointed director of Wellesley Investments and Pensions. By 2012, Mr Hession returned to BDO, where it all began, to take up a position as partner at the firm.

He succeeds Denis Herlihy as managing partner, who will now concentrate on his role as taxation partner at the firm, with oversight over the payroll, forensics, and recruitment divisions.

Mr Herlihy stepped back after having overseen operations at the firm for the past 14 years.

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According to BDO, Mr Hession has played a significant role in the expansion of the firm, leading growth of client and staff numbers in the audit and advisory departments, where he will continue to work with clients in addition to the new duties in his capacity as managing partner.

“I am delighted to be appointed managing partner of BDO Limerick. I’ve spent many great years here and, indeed, started my career here as a trainee in BDO, so to become managing partner of such a great firm with so many talented people working here and a great culture into the bargain is a privilege,’ said Mr Hession of his new post.

“I look forward to working with the great team that we have in Limerick and nationally to continue to build on the work done to date. Key for me going forward is that we continue to invest in our people, in our technology and resources to ensure that everyone here can achieve their potential and work together for the collective.

He added: “I will continue to work to ensure that the vison we have for the firm here is realised and to ensure that it will go from strength to strength and continue to deliver the best results for our clients.”

Stepping back from the role, Denis Herlihy added: “It has been a great honour and source of pride to lead BDO over the past 14 years. I now hand over the baton and couldn’t be doing so to anyone more accomplished than Liam. He’s been a huge reason for the success of BDO over the years and will, no doubt, add a huge amount to this role.”