General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer*
As general counsel, Chad Jerdee has ultimate responsibility for all legal support to Accenture, serving as principal counsel to senior leadership and the board of directors and leading the company's Legal department. As head of the Legal department, he oversees all legal services, the contract management function and government relations functions. As chief compliance officer, Chad is responsible for managing legal and regulatory compliance programs that enable Accenture to operate around the globe while adhering to the highest ethical standards. He is also a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee.
Prior to assuming his current role in June 2015, Chad held a variety of leadership positions in Accenture’s Legal organization, working on many of the company's largest and most complex transactions, and helping Accenture expand into new areas of growth.
From 2010 to 2015, Chad served as Deputy General Counsel – Sales & Delivery. In this role, he was responsible for leading global legal support for Accenture’s client-facing business including sales, solution development and client delivery teams—approximately 1,750 Legal professionals in 48 countries. He was also a member of Accenture’s Capital Committee.
From 2005 to 2010, Chad was the Legal lead for the Outsourcing Sales Legal team as well as for Accenture’s growth platforms. Prior to 2005, he held a number of roles focused on negotiating client transactions and helping to develop Accenture’s contract and negotiation standards.
Before joining Accenture, Chad practiced law in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he specialized in corporate, financing and real estate matters.
Chad joined Accenture in 1997 and became partner in 2003. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the St. Olaf College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota.
*On June 3, 2019, Accenture announced that Joel Unruch will become general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer, succeeding Chad Jerdee, who will step into a new role as global head—responsible business, corporate sustainability and citizenship. These changes are effective September 1, 2019.