Our people around the world make a tremendous difference for our clients, each other, shareholders, partners and communities.

On December 1, 2021, we promoted almost 80,000 people. As a part of these promotions, we welcomed 1,030 new Managing Directors and 143 newly appointed Senior Managing Directors. This included a record number of women and increased race and ethnicity representation in the US, the UK and South Africa.

“We are honored to recognize these leaders for the tremendous difference they make in creating value for our clients, our people, our shareholders, our partners and our communities, and for being role models in living our leadership essentials each day,” said Julie Sweet, Accenture’s chair and CEO. “I am pleased at how these promotions represent our commitment to creating vibrant career paths for all of our people.”

Advancing gender equality

A record 383 of all promotions to managing director are women representing 37% of promotions. Additionally, a record 35 senior managing director appointments are women representing 24% of appointments.

Overall, the number of women managing directors has increased to 27% from 25% in 2020, demonstrating continued momentum towards our goal of 30% women managing directors globally by 2025.

Increasing race and ethnicity representation

We are also making progress towards our goals to increase the race and ethnicity representation of managing directors in the US, the UK and South Africa by 2025.

US goals

  • More than double the number of African American and Black and Hispanic American and Latinx managing directors. This will increase representation of African American and Black managing directors from 2.8% to 4.4%, and Hispanic American and Latinx managing directors from 3.5% to 4.7%.

Update: This year, among the 304 new managing directors in the US, 8% (23) are African American and Black and 6% (17) are Hispanic American and Latinx, bringing the total to 3.9% African American and Black and 4% Hispanic American and Latinx managing directors today. Among the 74 new senior managing directors in the US, 5% (4) are African American and Black and 3% (2) are Hispanic American and Latinx.

UK goal

  • More than double the number of Black managing directors to 16 or more.

Update: Among the 63 new managing directors in the UK, one is Black, bringing the total to 10 Black managing directors today.

South Africa goals 

  • Increase the representation of African Black, Coloured* and Indian managing directors from 39% to 70%, with a focus on African Black and Coloured* representation.

Update: Among the five new managing directors in South Africa, 40% (2) are African Black, bringing the total to 50% African Black, Coloured* and Indian managing directors today.

“We celebrate these leaders for their extraordinary contributions during extraordinary times,” said Ellyn Shook, Chief Leadership and Human Resources Officer of Accenture. “Their commitment to our clients, to each other and to our communities helps create shared success for all our stakeholders.”

Learn more about how we are creating a culture of equality and our commitment to inclusion and diversity here.

* Coloured is a multiracial ethnic group native to Southern Africa who have ancestry from more than one of the various populations inhabiting the region, including Khoisan, Bantu, Afrikaner, Whites, Austronesian, East Asian or South Asian.

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