Accenture CEO Julie Sweet to Assume Additional Role as Board Chair; David Rowland to Retire Sept. 1

Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture (NYSE: ACN), will serve as chair of the board of directors and succeed David Rowland, who will step down from the board and retire from the company on Sept. 1.

Sweet’s appointment to assume the additional role of board chair comes two years after she was named as Accenture’s chief executive in September 2019, the company said Wednesday.

“In less than two years as CEO, she established our new growth model and led the company through the COVID-19 global pandemic while strengthening commitments to sustainability and equality for all and creating significant value for our clients and shareholders,” said Gilles Pelisson, independent lead director of the Accenture board, commenting on Sweet’s leadership.

The CEO has been with the company since March 2010, serving various C-level roles of increasing responsibilities.

Outgoing Chairman Rowland joined Accenture in 1983. He served as interim CEO before assuming his current post. Throughout his nearly four-decade career at the company, Rowland held a number of finance leadership positions, including chief financial officer and senior vice president of finance.

Sweet cited Rowland’s focus on Accenture’s future development and on the company’s efforts in serving its customers and communities. She thanked Rowland for his contributions to Accenture.

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