NEW DELHI; Dec. 5, 2007 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has opened a Management Consulting Center of Excellence in Gurgaon, in the National Capital Region of Delhi, as the company continues to broaden its base of functional- and industry-specific skills to provide clients with its full range of consulting services. The company also plans to open management consulting centers in Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai to serve the needs of both Accenture’s growing domestic business in India and the company’s global clients.
Accenture will staff the centers with professionals with a wide range of backgrounds — including engineers, economists, analysts and statisticians — as well as experts in such industries as banking, utilities and travel and business disciplines including shared services and risk management.
“The opening of the centers will give clients access to our full range of consulting services across a broad spectrum of business functions and industries to help them achieve high performance,” said Mark Foster, Accenture’s group chief executive–Management Consulting & Integrated Markets. “We are also very focused on innovative talent management and recruitment in India, and we are on track to meet our goal of having as many as 2,000 consultants in our centers across India by the end of our fiscal year next August. We look to India as a wonderful source of talent that we can tap into, providing our clients with access to the best and the brightest consulting professionals.”
The rapid growth of emerging economies, closer economic integration across geographies and unparalleled advances in information and communications technologies are converging to create what Accenture calls a “multi-polar” world, and the company believes India will play an increasingly important role in this environment.
Accenture has a strong presence in India, with management consultants serving domestic and international and working across each of the company’s five consulting service lines: Strategy; Customer Relationship Management; Supply Chain Management; Finance & Performance Management; and Human Performance. In the domestic Indian market, Accenture is recognized as an industry leader in many aspects of management consulting, including post-merger integration consulting.
“We are very focused on growing our rich and diverse group of talented people whose skills and knowledge are in great demand by businesses domestically in India and abroad,” said Sanjay Jain, managing director of Management Consulting for Accenture in India. “India has a significant number of business school graduates and experienced professionals who can fill a major need for consultants with strong analytical, operational, industry and strategic skills. We are very eager to tap into this vast talent pool.”
Jain said consultants in India are working on a wide variety of assignments, from customer analytics and media audits in the customer relationship management area to low-cost country sourcing strategy in supply chain management, to workforce optimization in the human performance area and shared services in finance and performance management.
Management consultants in the current analytics center in Delhi will be integrated into the new Management Consulting Center of Excellence, where they will continue to provide Accenture’s local and global client base with access to such consulting skills as customer, marketing and data analytics; marketing automation and campaign management; and enterprise performance management.
Harsh Manglik, Accenture’s country managing director for India, said India is a vital strategic market for Accenture, both for its unparalleled access to talent and the business opportunities that the Indian market presents.
“We established ourselves as the first global consulting firm in India in 1987, and we believe the opportunities for continued growth are endless,” Manglik said. “The opening of our new management consulting centers will significantly enhance our consulting capabilities here to complement the capabilities we have in technology and outsourcing.”
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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