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Accenture Announces Key Leadership Appointments; Launches Two New Growth Platforms: Accenture Digital and Accenture Strategy

Accenture (NYSE:ACN) has made key appointments to its global leadership team, creating new roles in strategic areas of its business.

The appointments are related to the launch of Accenture Digital, which brings together the company’s industry-leading digital services into a new, integrated end-to-end digital capability; the launch of Accenture Strategy to help clients address issues at the intersection of business, technology and operations; and a new leadership role focused on enhancing the company’s position in growth markets including Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin America. At the same time, Accenture has named a new leader for its Products operating group.

“Our clients operate in an increasingly complex and fast-paced marketplace, and we need to constantly evolve to ensure we are structured to deliver the innovative solutions they need to solve their business challenges,” said Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chairman and CEO. “Today’s appointments reflect our commitment to aligning some of our most-seasoned and innovative leaders with the critical needs of our clients and with growth opportunities for Accenture.”

To support the company’s focus on building a strong leadership position in key geographic growth markets, Gianfranco Casati has been appointed to the newly created position of group chief executive – Growth Markets. In this new role, Mr. Casati will oversee Accenture's business in Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin America. He will work closely with the leaders of the company’s five operating groups to ensure that Accenture is well positioned for continued growth in each of these key markets. Mr. Casati is a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee and most recently served as group chief executive of the company’s Products operating group.

Michael Sutcliff has been named group chief executive of Accenture Digital, a new growth platform that integrates the company’s industry-leading digital capabilities across Accenture Interactive, analytics and mobility. Accenture Digital will provide clients with a comprehensive portfolio of business and technology services – from developing digital strategies to implementing digital technologies and running digital processes on behalf of clients. This group includes 23,000 Accenture professionals who will help clients leverage the power of digital to drive growth and create new sources of value. Mr. Sutcliff will join Accenture’s Global Management Committee. He most recently led Accenture’s Financial Services operating group in North America.

Mark Knickrehm has been appointed group chief executive of Accenture Strategy, a new growth platform dedicated to helping C-level executives shape and execute their business and technology transformation agendas, focusing on issues related to growth and innovation, industry convergence, geographic expansion, digital strategies, sustainable cost management and enterprise transformation. Mr. Knickrehm most recently served as senior managing director of growth & strategy for Accenture’s Health & Public Service operating group while also successfully leading Accenture’s Health industry group. In his new role, Mr. Knickrehm will join Accenture’s Global Management Committee.

Sander van ’t Noordende will succeed Mr. Casati as group chief executive of the Products operating group, which serves clients in the air, freight & travel services; automotive; consumer goods & services; industrial equipment; infrastructure & transportation services; life sciences; and retail sectors. Mr. Van ’t Noordende is a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee and most recently served as group chief executive of the Management Consulting growth platform. Earlier in his career he was group chief executive of the company’s Resources operating group.

For a complete list of Global Management Committee members, click here.

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 275,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

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