PKF O’Connor Davies Announces New Committee Appointments and Promotions

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New leadership roles deepen firm-wide growth and enhance tax practice expertise

“I’d like to extend my congratulations and gratitude to Victor, Rob, Karen, Leo and Benny for the expanded roles they’ve taken on at our Firm,” said Kevin J. Keane, Managing Partner at PKF O’Connor Davies.

PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP, one of the nation’s largest accounting, tax, and advisory firms, announced today several new appointments to its Executive Committee and Governance Committee, as well as a promotion in the Tax practice area. Victor Peña and Robert Cordero have been appointed to serve as associate members of the Executive Committee. Karen Taylor-Burke and Leo Parmegiani have been appointed to serve on the Governance Committee. Benjamin Beskovic has been promoted to Head of Tax in the Firm’s New York City office. These appointments and promotion reflect the Firm’s commitment to promoting from within and empowering new voices and leadership to thrive and help guide the direction of the Firm.

“I’d like to extend my congratulations and gratitude to Victor, Rob, Karen, Leo and Benny for the expanded roles they’ve taken on at our Firm,” said Kevin J. Keane, Managing Partner at PKF O’Connor Davies. “Promoting and developing top talent is a central pillar of our broader growth strategy, and these individuals represent the best of PKF O’Connor Davies. We’re excited to hear their ideas and benefit from their hard work in shaping the future of our Firm.”

Peña is a Partner in the Firm’s Financial Services Group, where he specializes in alternative investments and serving a variety of financial services clients. Cordero serves as Partner and Leader of the Independent Schools practice. He also formerly served on the Firm’s Governance Committee before his recent appointment. As associate members of the Executive Committee, they will support Firm leadership in developing policies and strategies that help grow the Firm in key geographic areas and practice specialties as well as enhancing client service and company culture. Their terms expire on December 31, 2021.

Taylor-Burke is a Partner at the Firm with more than 25 years of experience serving clients in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. Karen is Co-Chair of the Women’s Initiative Network, whose mission it is to attract, retain and advance the careers of women at PKF O’Connor Davies. In her role as a member of the Governance Committee, led by Thomas Blaney, she will assist with developing key decision-making protocols as well as making recommendations for committee appointments and other Firm leadership decisions.

Parmegiani has over 30 years of experience in public accounting. In addition to serving on the Governance Committee, Leo is the Partner-in-Charge of the Firm’s international Tax practice, a member of the Firm’s Tax Leadership Committee and is the international liaison for North American tax matters for PKF International. Leo is a frequent author and presenter on world-wide tax issues.

Beskovic has been with the Firm for more than 12 years, most recently serving as Tax Partner providing tax planning and consulting services to clients in a variety of industries. He will take on an expanded leadership role as Head of Tax in the Firm’s New York City office, where his expertise will be critical in growing this central practice area and enhancing client service.

PKF O’Connor Davies has 12 offices in five states and continues to expand through organic growth and acquisitions on the East Coast. It has supported this growth with a strategic combination of promoting from within coupled with tactical external hires.

About PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP

PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP is a full-service certified public accounting and advisory firm with a long history of serving clients both domestically and internationally. With roots tracing to 1891, 12 offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland and Rhode Island and more than 800 professionals led by over 100 partners, the Firm provides a complete range of accounting, auditing, tax and management advisory services.

PKF O’Connor Davies is a top-ranked firm according to Accounting Today’s 2020 “Top 100 Firms” list, and the Firm is also recognized as a “Leader in Audit and Accounting,” a “Pacesetter in Growth” and one of the “Top Firms in the Mid-Atlantic.” In 2021 rankings, PKF O'Connor Davies was named one of Vault's Accounting 50, a ranking of the 50 best accounting employers to work for in North America, and ranked among the top 50 most prestigious accounting firms in America in a complementary Vault survey. The Firm is the 12th largest accounting firm in the New York Metropolitan area, according to Crain’s New York Business, and the 10th top accounting firm in New Jersey according to NJBiz’s 2019 rankings.

PKF O’Connor Davies is enrolled in the AICPA Peer Review Program and has central memberships in the Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS), the Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center (EBPAQC), Government Audit Quality Center (GAQC) and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

By consistently delivering proactive, thorough and efficient service, PKF O'Connor Davies has built long-lasting, valuable relationships with its clients. Partners are closely involved in the day-to-day management of engagements, ensuring a high degree of client service and cost effectiveness. The Firm’s seasoned professional staff members employ a team approach to all engagements to provide clients with the utmost quality and timely services aimed at helping them succeed. Continuity of staffing and attention to detail in all client engagements make the Firm stand out among its competitors.

PKF O’Connor Davies is the lead North American representative of the international association of PKF member firms. PKF International is a network of legally independent member firms providing accounting, tax, and business advisory services in over 400 locations in 150 countries around the world. With its tradition, experience and focus on the future, PKF O’Connor Davies is ready to help clients meet today’s ever-changing economic conditions and manage the growing complexities of the regulatory environment. For more information, visit

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