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October 12, 2007
Accenture Completes Acquisition of H.B. Maynard and Co., Inc., Expanding Workforce-Performance Capabilities


NEW YORK
; Oct. 12, 2007 — Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has completed its acquisition of H.B. Maynard and Co., Inc. (Maynard), a privately held consulting, software and training firm that provides workforce-productivity-management solutions to help companies improve their performance and market competitiveness.  

By providing Accenture with Maynard’s specialized expertise in workforce performance techniques and strong suite of software tools, the acquisition strengthens Accenture’s Retail practice, which provides a wide variety of services to help clients increase the performance of their workforces. 

“This acquisition helps us further develop our management consulting practice, particularly around retail stores and distribution,” said Janet Hoffman, managing director of Accenture’s Retail practice in North America.  “The combination of Accenture’s experience with Maynard’s processes and tools will help our clients achieve both operational and workforce efficiency more quickly than ever, putting them on the road to high performance.”

The transition of Maynard’s more than 90 employees to Accenture complements Accenture’s aggressive recruiting initiatives to meet growing client demand for management consulting services.  

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.  With deep industry and business process expertise, broad global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills and technologies to help clients improve their performance.  With approximately 170,000 people in 49 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$19.70 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2007.  Its home page is www.accenture.com.

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