October 20, 2015

Accenture Celebrates Executives Named to the 2015 OUTstanding-Financial Times’ Leading LGBT and Ally Lists

Sander van’t Noordende, Accenture Products Group Group Chief Executive, Ranked 10th on Top 100 LGBT Executives List

NEW YORK; Oct. 20, 2015 – Four Accenture executives – Sander van’t Noordende, Lis Brown, Rica Paras and Ramses Aldana Ante – have been recognized by OUTstanding and the Financial Times as Leading LGBT and Ally Executives in business and their communities.

“It’s an honor to be recognized along with my colleagues,” said Sander van’t Noordende, Accenture Products Group Chief Executive. “Accenture’s commitment to inclusion and diversity truly makes a difference and provides an environment where we all feel empowered to be ourselves. This makes our company stronger, smarter and more innovative, which helps us better serve the needs of our clients and our communities.”

The Accenture professionals were recognized in each of OUTstanding’s three categories: LGBT Executives, Leading Ally Executives and Next Generation LGBT leaders:

OUTstanding CEO and founder Suki Sandhu said, “We are delighted to see Sander, Lis, Rica, and Ramses from Accenture feature in the OUTstanding leading LGBT and Ally Lists. They are true role models, proving that you can be openly LGBT in business and be a huge success. I’m certain they will provide inspiration to anyone who fears that they may have to be closeted at work, and waste valuable effort muting their authentic selves. They deserve credit for the leadership they show in welcoming people of all backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities.”

Accenture is committed to raising awareness and educating all Accenture people about its LGBT community, while simultaneously supporting its LGBT employees and providing a workplace of equality. Key initiatives include:

Those on the OUTstanding-Financial Times’ Leading LGBT and Ally lists were nominated by peers and colleagues. All nominations were reviewed by OUTstanding’s judging panel and scored on the seniority and influence of the nominee’s role, impact on LGBT inclusion inside and outside the workplace and business achievements.

About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 358,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. 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. The company generated net revenues of US$31.0 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2015. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

About OUT standing
OUTstanding is an executive level network for LGBT business people and allies, with a mission to create an environment where LGBT executives can succeed. It was founded by Suki Sandhu in June 2013 and exists to drive change in the business world by broadening the boardroom diversity debate beyond gender or race to include LGBT issues. Corporate founding members include BP, Barclays, EY, Google, American Express, and BAE Systems.

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