Lead – Intelligent Platform Services and Microsoft Business Group
Emma McGuigan leads Accenture Intelligent Platform Services, which helps clients achieve enterprise-wide transformation by bringing Accenture’s deep technology, functional and industry expertise across SAP, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, Workday, Adobe and other leading platforms. For these IPS platforms, Emma oversees Accenture’s relationships, strategy and capabilities globally and across all industries. She is a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee.
Emma also is the global lead for the Accenture Microsoft Business Group and Chair of the Board of Avanade, the company’s joint venture with Microsoft. She is responsible for driving Accenture’s overall Microsoft business—including strategy, innovation, market differentiation, the Microsoft alliance relationship and Avanade, Accenture’s delivery capability for Microsoft solutions.
During her tenure of more than 20 years at Accenture, Emma has held a variety of positions. Before leading the Accenture Microsoft Business Group, she was group technology officer for Accenture’s Communications, Media & Technology operating group. In that role, Emma was responsible for the group’s technology strategy, overseeing current and future partnerships, and positioning around emerging technologies including machine learning, artificial intelligence and cognitive computing to help drive leading-edge technology consulting and innovation to clients.
Previously, Emma was the managing director for Accenture’s Technology business in the United Kingdom and Ireland and was the global sponsor for Accenture Technology’s talent transformation program, impacting more than 170,000 professionals.
Emma was named as one of the 50 most influential women in UK IT by Computer Weekly magazine for four years (2015-2018), was listed in Computer Business Review’s 10 most successful women in UK technology, and was the Forward Ladies National Women in Business STEM category winner in 2016. In 2013, Emma was made a fellow of The Chartered Institute for IT.
Emma joined Accenture in 1994 and became a managing director in 2006. She earned her master’s degree in Electronics from the University of Edinburgh.