Accenture to Join S&P 500 Index
NEW YORK; June 28, 2011: Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today announced that Standard & Poor’s will add Accenture’s common stock to the S&P 500 Index after the close of trading on Tuesday, July 5.
“We are very pleased to join the S&P 500,” said Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chief executive officer. “It is an important recognition of our continued focus on driving growth through technology leadership and industry differentiation, as well as of the outstanding efforts of our people around the world to deliver superior value to our clients.”
Pamela Craig, Accenture’s chief financial officer, said, “Accenture’s inclusion in the S&P 500, in the same month as the 10th anniversary of our initial public offering, is an exciting milestone. It affirms our long-term commitment to sustainable, profitable growth through the disciplined execution of our business strategy and a relentless focus on delivering value to our shareholders.”
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 223,000 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$21.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2010. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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