Business Leaders in Action: William D. Green

Categories: IGD Leadership Council

“One of the characteristics of a high performing company is its commitment to sustainability and the communities in which it works and lives broadly.” – William D. Green

William D. Green is Executive Chairman & Former CEO of Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Mr. Green joined Accenture in 1977, became a partner of the company in 1986 and has served on the board of directors since 2001. His innovative business strategies as CEO (2004-2010) resulted in record growth rates for the company.

William D. Green at IGD's Leadership Council meeting in December, 2011

Mr. Green is a member of IGD’s Leadership Council. At the annual Leadership Council meeting this December in Washington, D.C., he moderated a conversation about driving development through investment in frontier markets featuring Frontier 100 CEOs Patrick Devenish, Emmanual Katongole, and Papa Madiaw Ndiaye.

Fostering sustainable investment in the developing world is a fundamental aspect of Mr. Green’s vision for Accenture. His long-term focus has driven Accenture’s expansion to more than 244,000 employees serving clients in more than 120 countries. Investments in emerging markets “are necessary for the long term and will ultimately define the value of the company,” says Mr. Green. These investments are a means of maximizing companies’ economic growth potential and empowering communities with the experience and skills necessary to grow.

As Executive Chairman, Mr. Green works closely with Accenture’s Skills to Succeed initiative, a key piece of Accenture’s corporate citizenship efforts. Through Skills to Succeed, Accenture teams with strategic partners to enable people around the world to build the skills necessary to participate in and contribute to the economy and society. By 2015, Skills to Succeed will equip 250,000 people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business.