Episode 15.

Forvis = DHG + BKD: Using SASE to streamline M&A in a Top 10 US accounting firm

Episode Overview

In mid-2022 two large US accounting firms, Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG) and BKD, joined forces to create Forvis, a $1.5B business ranking #8 in the top 100 US accounting firms. Forvis is a merger of equals, with a total footprint of over 70 locations and more than 5,000 employees. Rationalizing the networking, security, and remote access infrastructure of both organizations and creating a common architecture presented a unique challenge.

Our guest, John Bowels, is the CIO of Forvis that previously served as the CIO of DHG. Join us to hear about the path taken by John, the IT leader of the newly formed Forvis, to bring together both organizations into the SASE platform used by DHG since 2019. This is an on-going and multi-faceted endeavor involving cultural, operational, and technical change.

If your company growth strategy involves mergers and acquisition or if you are facing an upcoming M&A project – this episode is a must listen.

Meet the host

Yishay Yovel

Chief Marketing Officer
at Cato Networks

Yishay Yovel, Chief Marketing Officer, directs Cato’s global marketing. Yishay was previously the Vice President, Marketing for Trusteer, a financial fraud and advanced malware protection company, acquired by IBM in 2013. Prior to Trusteer, Yishay was Sr. Director, Product Marketing at Imperva. Yishay has over 25 years of experience in marketing and product management for enterprise software solutions in the areas of security, fraud prevention, storage, and mobile computing. Yishay holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from Tel Aviv University.