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Type Traded as Industry Predecessor(s) Founded Headquarters Area served Key people

Public limited company NYSE: ACN IT services, IT consulting Arthur Andersen (1989-2001) 1989 Dublin, Ireland Worldwide William D. Green
(Executive Chairman)

Pierre Nanterme

Services Revenue Operating income Net income Total assets Total equity Employees Website

IT, business consulting and outsourcing services US$ 29.77 billion (2012)[1] US$ 3.87 billion (2012)[1] US$ 2.55 billion (2012)[1] US$ 16.66 billion (2012)[1] US$ 4.14 billion (2012)[1] 244,000 (2012)[1]

Accenture plc (NYSE: ACN) is a multinational management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company headquartered in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. It is the world's largest consulting firm measured by revenues[2] and is a constituent of the Fortune Global 500 list.[3] As

[2][4] Accenture's current clients include 96 of the Fortune Global 100 and more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500.1 Workforces o 2. Now considered to be the father of computer consulting.of September 2011.1 Formation and early years o 1.6 Ireland headquarters 2 Operations o 2.4 Initial public offering o 1.3 Emergence of Accenture o 1. Joe Glickauf was Arthur Andersen's project leader responsible for the payroll processing automation project.3 Growth Platforms 3 Principal Subsidiaries 4 Leadership 5 Marketing. GE asked Arthur Andersen to automate payroll processing and manufacturing at GE's Appliance Park facility near Louisville. Contents         1 History o 1. 2009 the company has been incorporated in Ireland. the company had more than 244. Kentucky. which resulted in the first commercially owned computer installation in the United States in 1954. Glickauf headed Arthur Andersen's Administrative Services division for 10 years. Branding and Identity 6 References 7 See also 8 External links History Formation and early years Accenture originated as the business and technology consulting division of accounting firm Arthur Andersen.[6] Accenture is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the S&P 500. Splitting from Arthur Andersen .000 employees across 120 countries. Arthur Andersen recommended installation of a UNIVAC I computer and printer. The international company was first incorporated in Bermuda in 2001.5 Bermuda headquarters o 1.2 Operating Groups o 2.[5] Since September 1.2 Splitting from Arthur Andersen o 1. The division's origins are in a 1953 feasibility study for General Electric.

Through the 1990s. while at the same time Arthur Andersen was competing with Andersen Consulting through its own newly established business consulting service line called Arthur Andersen Business Consulting. most notably. the name "Accenture" was submitted by Kim Petersen. as a result of the conclusion of arbitration with the International Chamber of Commerce. Although a marketing consultancy was tasked with finding a new name for the company. a Danish employee from the company's Oslo. resulting in the entity being renamed Accenture. which later changed its name to BearingPoint. The word "Accenture" is supposedly derived from "Accent on the future". Perhaps most telling about who had "won" the decision was that four hours after the arbitrator made his ruling. This dispute came to a head in 1998 when Andersen Consulting claimed breach of contract against Andersen Worldwide Société Coopérative (AWSC) and Arthur Andersen. Industry analysts and business school professors alike viewed the event as a complete victory for Andersen Consulting. Andersen Consulting was upset that it was paying Arthur Andersen up to 15% of its profits each year (a condition of the 1989 split was that the more profitable unit – AA or AC – paid the other this sum).2 billion) to Arthur Andersen. Andersen Consulting broke all contractual ties with AWSC and Arthur Andersen. Hitachi Consulting and KPMG Consulting. Many of the AABC firms were bought out by other consulting companies in 2002. Andersen Consulting put the 15% transfer payment for that year and future years into escrow and issued a claim for breach of contract. Accenture felt that the name should represent its will to be a global consulting leader and high performer. Norway office. Andersen Consulting's change of name proved to be fortuitous as it avoided the taint when Arthur Andersen was effectively dissolved as a result of its role in the later Enron scandal. In August 2001.[8] Initial public offering .[7] Jim Wadia would provide insight on his resignation years later at a Harvard Business school case activity about the split. Emergence of Accenture On January 1. hence his quick resignation once the decision was announced. and also intended that the name should not be offensive in any country in which Accenture operates. as a result of an internal competition. Andersen Consulting paid the sum held in escrow (then $1. if he didn't get at least an incremental $4 billion (either through negotiation or via the arbitrator decision) for the consulting practice to split off.[citation needed] Accounts vary on why the split occurred – executives on both sides of the split cite greed and arrogance on the part of the other side. It turned out that the Arthur Andersen board passed a resolution saying he had to resign. there was increasing tension between Andersen Consulting and Arthur Andersen. Arthur Andersen CEO Jim Wadia suddenly resigned. "Accenture". and executives on the Andersen Consulting side maintained breach of contract when Arthur Andersen created a second consulting group. AABC (Arthur Andersen Business Consulting) that began to compete directly with Andersen Consulting in the marketplace. and was required to change its name. As part of the arbitration settlement. 2001 Andersen Consulting adopted its current name.

Accenture raised nearly $1. taxes. Accenture was operating as a series of related partnerships and corporations under the control of its partners through the mechanism of contracts with a Swiss coordinating entity. with the day's high at $15. 2001.[10] The other three. most notably former CNN journalist Lou Dobbs.50 per share in New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). it stated that "prior to incorporating in Bermuda.S.-based company. Accenture offered initial public offering (IPO) at the price of $14.S.[13] The company cited several reasons for the change:    Ireland's sophisticated.7 billion. the Congressional General Accounting Office (GAO) identified Accenture as one of four publicly traded federal contractors that were incorporated in a tax haven country.-based company trying to avoid U. the United States and other countries where Accenture does business Ireland's stable political and economic environment with the financial and legal infrastructure to meet Accenture's needs . 2001. legal and regulatory environment Ireland's long history of international investment and long-established commercial relationships. were incorporated in the United States before they reincorporated in a tax haven country. Critics. taxes. On July 19.25.Accenture's banner hanging on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) building for its initial public offering on July 19." Ireland headquarters Accenture announced on May 26. On the first day of the IPO.17.[9] Bermuda headquarters In October 2002. 2009 that its Board of Directors unanimously approved changing the company’s place of incorporation to Ireland from Bermuda and would become Accenture plc.[12] The GAO itself did not characterize Accenture as having been a U. Accenture stock closed the day at $15.S. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley served as its lead underwriters.[11] have panned Accenture's incorporation in Bermuda because they viewed Accenture as having been a U. unlike Accenture.S. thereby lowering their U. trade agreements and tax treaties with European Union member states. well-developed corporate.

Enterprise: Focus on managing and supporting all activities across Accenture's business. facilities. much of the operational administration occurs in the United States. As part of some outsourcing deals. and leadership of most of Accenture's project-based work. capability specialists and professionals with local market knowledge. Operations A worldmap showing the 54 countries where Accenture has operations as of 2012 (coloured in blue) Accenture organizes its services and people in these three primary cross-functional groupings. Services: Most focus on outsourcing engagements in the areas of business operations. and the Philippines. including legal. technology. Accenture client engagement teams typically consist of a combination of industry experts. clients' internal teams can be "rebadged" as Accenture employees aligned to this workforce. IT. and outsourcing. Solutions: The Accenture Technology Solutions subsidiary focuses on the specific technology skills needed to deliver projects or outsourcing arrangements. Operating Groups .     Consulting: Focus on management consulting. the beginning of the company's 2010 fiscal year. 2009. marketing. security. process design work and the application of technologies to business. applications development and maintenance. and client financial management. mainly New York City and Chicago. Responsible for sales. as well as the company itself. While Ireland is the company's headquarters for tax and legal purposes. delivery. help desk services. Sometimes they work on Consulting projects or as internal Enterprise teams. Workforces The four workforces serve clients in the areas of consulting. India.The change was approved and became effective on September 1. This is almost always an internal designation as it is common place for Accenture employees to work in blended teams for a variety of reasons. and HR. Comprises the majority of Accenture's employees in delivery centers in developing countries like Brazil.

and business process improvement strategies for governments. which broadly refers to the functional or technical domains in which Accenture's client-facing people specialize their skills. and transnational organizations such as the European Space Agency. technology consulting. Media & Technology. functional. but is now well over 80% owned by Accenture. The first axis is dedicated to the operating groups.As most consulting firms. The five Operating Groups comprise roughly 20 industry subgroups that focus on industry evolution. operational. Resources. Principal Subsidiaries        Coritel BPM is the Spanish subsidiary of Accenture for software development and outsourcing founded in 1984. information technology software systems. Products. Accenture operates in a matrix structure.[14] Growth Platforms The second axis is the growth platforms. process and change consulting capabilities.    Management Consulting is responsible for the development and delivery of Accenture's strategic. including most Accenture Delivery Centers in developing countries like The Philippines and Romania. Most people in the Services and Solutions workforces are aligned under the Technology growth platform. develop and use Accenture's methodology. Accenture Federal Services provides services directly to United States government entities such as the US Departments of Defense. industry. It began as a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture. or industries of its clients. government suppliers. Technology unifies the full range of Accenture's systems integration. Avanade provides IT consulting services and solutions for the Microsoft software platform. and Health & Public Service.[15][16] Accenture SAP Solutions provides SAP computer software to clients. HR. finance and accounting. the five Operating Groups are Communications. and Justice.[14] Business Process Outsourcing focuses on managing specific business processes or functions for clients such as procurement. Homeland Security. Accenture Technology Solutions provides focused technology skills to clients and comprises the entire Solutions workforce. and IT outsourcing capabilities. and create and deliver solutions to clients. and applicable technologies. Financial Services. Navitaire provides specialized solutions to airlines and railways. business issues. created with former Coritel BPM SAP resources. Accenture Defense Group provides document management services. corporations. as well as services geared to the needs of specific industries. Broadly. This subsidiary was specifically incorporated to meet a congressional mandate that defense contractors be based in the United States. .

2012. 2012 Marketing. every year since 1999. Delivered. replaced in 2004. Pélisson Bloomburg. around the world. Accessed October 15. New York. and in public places. May 1. Accenture has sponsored an international event called the Accenture Match Play Championship. Previous marketing campaigns have featured slogans such as "Now it gets interesting. Accenture Mobility Operated Services helps enterprises develop and deploy new revenue-generating mobile applications. such as airports.". The current advertising campaign features client success stories and the slogan "High performance. print.". Leadership Chairman of the Board:   Joe Forehand (February 2001 – August 2006)[18] William D. and "Innovation." The typeface used in the Accenture wordmark is Rotis Semi-sans. "Bill" Green (September 2006 – …)[19] Chief executive officer:     George Shaheen (November 1989 – November 1999 ) Joe Forehand (November 1999 – August 2004)[18] William D. replaced in 2002. The right-pointing caret character over the t is intended to indicate the company's orientation to the future. delivered. "Bill" Green (September 2004 – December 2010)[19] Pierre Nanterme (January 2011 – …)[20] Board of Directors:  Gilles C. Branding and Identity Accenture advertises in television. The company was parodied in a webcomic. part of the World Golf Championships. Accenture Interactive helps companies develop digital marketing capabilities and optimize their marketing investments. by employee James Sanchez from 1999 to 2003.[17] Accenture CAS provides customer management and mobility solutions to the consumer goods industry.[21] . Bigtime Consulting.    Digiplug provides music and video manufacturing and delivery services to major music labels as well as wireless carriers and mobile terminal device manufacturers around the world.[citation needed] The character is similar to an accent mark in music.

CNN Money 10. 2010. Retrieved August 6. 23. 2011. 2010. May 26. 2011. 12. 2001. 20. Forehand to Step Down as CEO. International Herald Tribune 8. ^ Company Description Accenture website. 2009. June 22. ^ a b c d e f "Google Finance data on Accenture". "Tiger Woods Disappears From Accenture Web Home Page". CNN. Retrieved September 7. be a Tiger" and the ancillary statement "We know what it takes to be a Tiger. 7. Tiger Woods had been a celebrity spokesperson for the ^ Pulley. ^ Accenture Teams with Procter & Gamble to Transform P&G Web Technology Infrastructure and Digital Capability – Sep. ^ a b "Yahoo! – Accenture Ltd Company Profile". Retrieved May 3. 19. Retrieved July 26. ^ Andersen Consulting Changing Name To Accenture – Oct. Accenture Match Play Information Page. 2010. ^ "Accenture Match Play Information Page". ^ "Accenture to Help Transform European Space Agency's Financial Management Model and Information Systems".com. ^ "Fortune Global 500 – Accenture Company Profile 2009". 15. Retrieved February 1. 2010. 2009. Retrieved December 12. whose advertising used the service mark "Go on. Retrieved July CNN. December 14. 2010. 6. ^ Con. 2. ^ Accenture. 4. ^ Dobbs. . 2009. Lou (March 9. 2000." The company terminated Woods' six-year sponsorship deal on December 13. BBC News. Accenture 10-K. Accenture. Retrieved September 9. 17. 14. Accenture. 2012. InformationWeek 9. ^ "Accenture: The Growth of a Global Leader". ^ "Accenture profile: Pierre Nanterme". Retrieved July 26. 2011. 2004). 2010. Retrieved August 6. "Exporting America". Accenture Investor Relations. ^ "Accenture Newsroom: Accenture Announces Proposed Change of Incorporation to Ireland". BusinessWire 18. Retrieved August 6. Accenture. "Accenture Defense Industry Group Overview". 2010. ^ "Accenture – Company Profile – on Linkedin".com. Green". Will Retain Position of Chairman". ^ Information on Federal Contractors That Are Incorporated Offshore. Retrieved August 6.[22][23] References 1. 21. Biz. Larua DeLauro's Statement on Award of Homeland Defense Contract to Accenture[dead link] ^ a b "Accenture Chairman and CEO Joe W. October 1. 22. 2011. 3. 2002 11. 2009). Accenture Newsroom. Retrieved August 6.Until December 2009. Reuters. ^ a b "Accenture profile: William (Bill) D. Retrieved April 26. 19. Retrieved December 28. 15. 16. Bloomberg. ^ Arbitrator's Ruling Goes Against Accounting Arm: Consultants Win Battle Of Andersen. United States General Accounting Office. 2009 and removed references to Woods from its website. Brett (December 11. 5. 2011. 2010. ^ Accenture IPO gains in first trades – Jul. ^ a b "Accenture 10-K". after details of Woods' extra-marital affairs exploded in the media . Newsroom. ^ "Accenture cuts Tiger Woods sponsorship deal". 2011.

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