About Accenture

Growth of a Global Leader
Accenture is a success story by any measure. The company's history has been more than 60 years in the making-from the earliest days as a pioneer in the new world of information technology in the 1950s to its position today as a FortuneGlobal 500 industry leader.

Initially called Andersen Consulting, Accenture was formally established in 1989 when a group of partners from the Consulting division of the various Arthur Andersen firms around the world formed a new organization.

Their goal: to create a new consulting and technology services company built on the idea of "business integration," or aligning a company's people, processes and technology under one strategy to improve business performance. Within 10 years, Andersen Consulting had grown into a global brand.

On January 1, 2001, the company renamed itself Accenture and launched one of the largest and most successful re-branding campaigns in corporate history. The new name-deriving from "accent on the future"-reinforced Accenture's new positioning and reflected the organization's further growth and broadened set of capabilities. Accenture also went public in 2001, listing its stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ACN.

Today Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 249,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries.

Strive for five
Accenture delivers its services via five industry-focused operating groups: communications, media and technology, financial services, products, health and public service and resources. This industry focus provides Accenture's professionals with a thorough understanding of industry evolution, business issues and applicable technologies, enabling Accenture to deliver solutions tailored to each client's industry.

Accenture anywhere
Today, Accenture is one of the largest companies of its kind in the world. It prides itself-and capitalizes-on being able to deliver its services from more than 50 centers in its global delivery network, as well as from many Accenture and client sites, depending on skills and language requirements, costs and the client's location. The firm has extensive relationships with the world's leading companies and governments and work with organizations of all sizes-including 92 of the Fortune Global 100 and more than three quarters of the Fortune Global 500. Acting as One Global Network, Accenture people seamlessly collaborate and innovate across offices and operations in more than 200 cities in 54 countries through the use of innovative collaboration tools, such as their 100 Telepresence sites and internal Knowledge Exchange.

Reporting from the frontlines
When they are not helping multinational companies improve their performance, Accenture's consultants keep themselves busy working to put together a number of reports and papers. These are published through the Accenture Institute for High Performance, which applies academic research to the problems facing today's businesses and organizations. Many of the papers published appear in major international newspapers, such as the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and The New York Times, as well as magazines and journals, while others have a more limited circulation as research notes and papers in books.

So ingrained is a culture of staying ahead of the game that Accenture even has its own research and development technology labs where it investigates new and emerging technologies, uncovering new trends and helping clients take advantage of the opportunities they offer. Made up of 150 professionals, the technology R&D team operates from four labs in the U.S., France and India, and like the Accenture Institute for High Performance, they too produce volumes of research known as Points of View. In addition, the firm publishes the online journal Outlook, released three times a year, which focuses on high-performance business strategies written by industry experts. It also produces a newsletter called The Point, written by its global financial services executives. The publication delves into current trends and analysis in financial services, covering topics such as risk management, deregulated markets and customer retention. Each operating group and growth platform within Accenture contributes to getting the word out by publishing their own external publications.

Building for a better future
Accenture is helping make a sustainable impact in communities around the world. Through its Skills to Succeed initiative, the firm has committed to equipping 250,000 people around the world with the skills to get jobs or build businesses by 2015. It is equally committed to minimizing its environmental footprint, and have implemented actions such as water-heating systems powered by the sun to collaboration tools that reduce energy-intensive commuting options. Employees can become involved with grassroots employee eco teams that are helping implementing more eco-efficient office practices, or help clients integrate sustainable solutions into their business.


May 2012

Doing well on diversity
Accenture claimed the top spot on Diversity MBA Magazine's "50 Out Front for Diversity Leadership: Best Places for Diverse Managers to Work," marking our fourth consecutive year on the list. As further testament to the firm's commitment to inclusion and diversity, Accenture is something of a permanent fixture on DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity, Working Mother's 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers, and as a perfect scoring company on the 2012 Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index.

April 2012

Moving corporate citizenship forward
The firm released its 2010-2011 corporate citizenship report, "Our Journey Forward," which showcases Accenture's global corporate citizenship goals, progress and challenges. The report also highlights the company's corporate citizenship focus, Skills to Succeed, which is aiming to equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. Explore the interactive report at accenture.com/corporatecitizenshipreport.

March 2012

World's most admired

Accenture was included for the tenth consecutive year on Fortune's list of the World's Most Admired Companies; the company ranked No. 43 among the Top 50 most admired companies overall in 2012. In addition, Accenture has been named to Fortunemagazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the past four consecutive years.

November 2011

Global branding
Accenture released the latest installment of its new global brand campaign. According to the company, the campaign "demonstrates the full breadth and depth of our capabilities and industry experience." The full campaign can be found at accenture.com/advertising.

July 2011

10-year anniversary
In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of its initial public offering (IPO), Accenture rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on July 19, 2011. In the decade since going public, the company's workforce has almost tripled, while revenues almost doubled over the same period.

January 2011

Pierre Nanterme assumes CEO role
On January 1, 2011 Pierre Nanterme assumed the role of chief executive officer of Accenture, succeeding William D. Green. Mr. Green, who was CEO since September 2004 and assumed the additional role of chairman in September 2006, remains as chairman.

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  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: ACN
  • Stock Exchange: NYSE
  • CEO: Pierre Nanterme
  • 2012 Employees: 236,000

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Management Consulting
    Accenture Interactive
    Business Process Management
    Change Management
    Cloud Services
    Customer Relationship Management
    Finance & Enterprise Performance
    Global Delivery
    International Development
    Mergers, Acquisitions, and Alliances
    Mobility Services
    Risk Management
    Smart Grid
    Talent & Organization Performance 
    Operating Groups
    Communications Media & Technology
    Financial Services
    Health & Public Service

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