Werner Schiesser was named BDO CEO in January 2011. He is also a partner, member of senior management and delegate to BDO’s board of directors.
As a fraud investigation specialist, Werner Schiesser advises companies, non-profit organisations and pension funds and acts as a consultant to courts, law enforcement agencies and arbitration panels, being regularly called upon to act as an expert witness. He also provides services to larger corporations and pension funds, either as a client service partner or within the scope of specialised mandates, and sits on the boards of two SMEs in the services and industrial sectors.
He spent two years working in Washington D.C., USA, which gave him specific knowledge of companies using US GAAP accounting principles. Schiesser completed a Law degree (lic. iur. HSG) at the University of St. Gallen in 1989. He became a Swiss certified accountant in 1994, a US certified public accountant in 1995 and a certified fraud examiner in 2000.
Werner Schiesser is a member of the board of EXPERTsuisse and of the Friends of SOS-Kinderdorf Schweiz, as well as of the advisory board of Schweizer Berghilfe and of the senior members' association of the student fraternity Mercuria San Gallensis.