Accenture CEO William Green to Chair Business Roundtable’s Education & Workforce Task Force

Will work to advance education and workforce policies that enhance U.S. competitiveness in the global economy

WASHINGTON; Feb. 8, 2008 – Business Roundtable has named William D. Green, Accenture chairman and CEO, as chairman of its Education & Workforce Task Force. Mr. Green will succeed Arthur F. Ryan, the current chairman and former CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc.

Mr. Green will advance the efforts of Business Roundtable, an association of 160 chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies, to ensure that American students and workers have the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the growing international economy.

“Strong education and workforce policies are critical to our nation’s ability to remain competitive in the global economy. Bill has led Accenture’s commitment to improving U.S. education and competitiveness, and he will bring that same dedication and focus to his new leadership role at the Roundtable,” said Harold McGraw III, chairman of Business Roundtable and chairman, president and CEO of The McGraw Hill Companies. “His leadership on this task force will help further strengthen education and workforce policies that contribute to lifelong learning and enhanced U.S. competitiveness.”

Mr. Green said, “In every business, high performance begins and ends with education. The Roundtable is well-positioned to contribute to education and workforce policies that help ensure that America’s workers have the skills needed not only to drive U.S. economic growth, but also be leaders in the global economy.”

“Educational institutions, such as junior and community colleges, play a major, but often under-recognized role in the U.S. higher-education system and are critically important in preparing students and workers to become better equipped to continue their education and face real-world challenges. I look forward to working closely with Roundtable companies and policymakers to help foster policies and programs to equip a competitive, high-performing and talented workforce,” he added.

Mr. Green has served as Accenture’s CEO since September 2004, as its chairman since September 2006, and as a member of its board of directors since June 2001. Immediately prior to being appointed CEO, Mr. Green was chief operating officer-client services, and he also served as country managing director for the United States from August 2000 until August 2004. During his 30-year career with Accenture, Mr. Green has held executive positions in most of the company’s operating groups.

Mr. Green represents Accenture in a number of external venues. In addition to his role with Business Roundtable, he is a member of the G100, the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness, and the International Advisory Panel of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.

Mr. Green holds a bachelor of science degree in Economics and a master of business administration degree from Babson College. He began his college education at Dean College, a two-year school in Franklin, Mass., and he credits his success in large part to his start at Dean. “Dean is a place that takes ordinary people and provides them with a framework and platform from which to do extraordinary things,” he said. “I would not have gotten to where I am without having had my start at Dean College.”

About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. 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. With more than 175,000 people in 49 countries, the company generated net revenues of US $19.70 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2007. Its home page is

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Business Roundtable ( is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with $4.5 trillion in annual revenues and nearly 10 million employees. Member companies comprise nearly a third of the total value of the U.S. stock markets and represent over 40 percent of all corporate income taxes paid. Collectively, they returned $112 billion in dividends to shareholders and the economy in 2005.

Roundtable companies give more than $7 billion a year in combined charitable contributions, representing nearly 60 percent of total corporate giving. They are technology innovation leaders, with $86 billion in annual research and development spending – nearly half of the total private R&D spending in the United States.


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