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Debra A. Polishook

Group Chief Executive – Accenture Operations


Debbie Polishook is group chief executive of Accenture Operations. In this role, she oversees Accenture’s comprehensive portfolio of business process services for specific business functions, including finance and accounting, procurement and supply chain, marketing and sales, as well as industry-specific services, such as credit and health services. She leads a team of business process professionals charged with developing, selling and delivering intelligent operations to drive transformational value and productivity for clients. In addition, Ms. Polishook serves as a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee and Capital Committee.

In March 2017, Ms. Polishook was appointed to the board of directors of Avanade Inc., an Accenture unit that provides cloud and digital services through the Microsoft ecosystem.

Before assuming her current position, Ms. Polishook was group operating officer for Accenture Operations, responsible for executing business strategy and driving operational excellence.

Prior to this role, Ms. Polishook was the global quality and client satisfaction lead for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), as well as the lead for Accenture’s Business Support Services team, which provides a set of common services across the company’s BPO contracts.

Before working in outsourcing, Ms. Polishook was the managing director of Accenture’s Media & Entertainment client portfolio in the Northeast United States.

In September 2018, Ms. Polishook was recognized by Crain’s as one of the most ‘Notable Women in Accounting and Consulting.’ In November 2017, she was honored by the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) as P&L Executive of the Year, which recognizes women who run a major enterprise within an organization and advance the progress of other women into positions with profit-and-loss responsibility.

Ms. Polishook joined Accenture 1985 and became a partner in 1997. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Tulane University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.