Ellyn Shook is Accenture’s chief leadership & human resources officer, responsible for the people programs that empower 373,000 Accenture professionals to improve the way the world works and lives.
Ms. Shook leads a global team of human resources experts who aim to deliver an exceptional employee experience for Accenture’s people. Her team is focused on reimagining leadership and talent practices in the digital age to help attract, develop, inspire and reward the very best people—so that Accenture can bring deep specialization to its clients, drive growth and differentiate in the market. She is a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity, and Accenture has been widely recognized externally as an employer of choice and for its diversity efforts. Ms. Shook is a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee.
Before being named chief human resources officer in 2014, Ms. Shook was senior managing director – Human Resources, and led Accenture’s Human Resources Centers of Expertise and the Human Resources Business Partner Organization. In this position, she was responsible for the design of Accenture’s talent architecture, as well as the company’s total rewards, talent supply chain and talent development programs.
Between 2004 and 2011, Ms. Shook was the global human resources lead for career and performance management, total rewards, employee engagement, and mergers and acquisitions. Earlier in her career, she was head of global compensation, responsible for designing and implementing new executive compensation and equity programs—including equity grants at the time of the company’s IPO in 2001. She also led human resources for the company’s New York office for five years.
Ms. Shook serves on the board of trustees at Harvey Mudd College and the Women's Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy program at Harvard's Kennedy School. She is a member of the HR50 division of World50, Columbia Cancer Advisory Council and the American Health Policy Institute Board of Governors. She is also a member of Women in America, the Ellevate Women’s Network, Women’s Forum of New York and the Talent Innovation Center. A 2015 article in Forbes.com named Ms. Shook one of the top 10 CHROs.
Ms. Shook joined Accenture in 1988 and became a partner in 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University.