TORONTO; Nov. 1, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has appointed Jeffrey Russell as president of Accenture in Canada, effective Dec. 1. He is succeeding Bill Morris, who will retire from the company at the end of February 2019.
Russell is currently a senior managing director with responsibility for leading Accenture’s multi-billion-dollar Products business in North America, which covers the life sciences, industrial, consumer goods, retail and travel industries. During his 20-year career with Accenture, Russell — a Toronto native — has worked across Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and North America while based out of Melbourne, Singapore, New York, London and, most recently, Miami.
Among the many leadership roles Russell has held at Accenture were leading Products in the United Kingdom and Ireland; Life Sciences in North America; and Supply Chain and Operations-Management consulting across Asia Pacific. He joined Accenture in 1998 as a partner in the Melbourne, Australia, office.
Under Morris’ leadership of Accenture in Canada from 2003 to 2011 and again from 2014 to today, the business has grown significantly — revenues have quadrupled in local currency since 2002. During his tenure, Accenture has further strengthened its relationships with Canada’s leading enterprises and government organizations and become a market leader in high-growth areas such as digital, cloud and security services — which now account for 60 percent of Accenture’s global revenues. In addition, Morris initiated several programs that contributed to Accenture’s current leadership position in inclusion and diversity and corporate social responsibility.
"I would like to thank Bill for his many contributions to our clients, our people and our communities,” said Julie Sweet, Accenture’s chief executive officer – North America. “Under his leadership, Accenture has raised the bar in helping our clients navigate digital disruption — all while driving our inclusion and diversity commitment and ensuring that Accenture is the best place for our people to build lasting careers."
"At the same time, I am thrilled that Jeffrey will be the new president of Accenture in Canada. He has driven significant growth in our Products business in North America, and his broad and deep international experience will help our clients capitalize on the best innovations from around the world. I am confident that he will continue to build on the strong foundation that Bill has helped establish in Canada.”
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