Alastair Blair is country managing director for Accenture in Ireland. A senior managing director in the company, he also sits on the UK and Ireland Leadership Team. In his role, Alastair has overall responsibility for the growth and success of Accenture’s business in Ireland. Accenture has been operating in Ireland for over 50 years and is a major local employer with approximately 5,000 people serving clients across multiple industries. Ireland is home to The Dock, Accenture’s flagship R&D and Global Innovation Centre based in Dublin, as well as Accenture’s Corporate Services Hub which services the firm’s internal operations globally.
Alastair joined Accenture in 1987 and, during his career, has held a number of senior roles with a particular focus on the financial services sector. He has extensive knowledge of business strategy and driving organisational change through innovation and agility and has worked with many major organisations in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the Middle-East on a broad range of strategic and innovation led change initiatives.
Alastair is currently a board member of Ibec, Ireland’s largest business representative group, and served as President of Ibec from September 2020 to September 2021. He is also a board member of Business to Arts and chairs the Agri-Food Inclusion and Diversity Council. Alastair previously chaired the Worker of the Future Leaders Group for Business in the Community Ireland – a group which Accenture continues to actively support. He is committed to leveraging Accenture’s capabilities & skills to have a positive impact on the broader economy in Ireland. He is passionate about Ireland’s talent agenda and in particular ensuring the country’s youth are well equipped and digital ready for future jobs through a highly adaptable education system.
Alastair is a strong believer in the value of inclusion and diversity and in driving a culture of equality, where a person can bring their whole self into the workplace. He is instrumental in driving Accenture’s goal of a 50:50 gender balanced workforce by 2025.
Alastair is also sponsor of Accenture’s Corporate Citizenship programme, which he drives with great passion given the vital nature of this area which is increasingly front and centre for Accenture and its clients. Accenture is proud to have received Business in the Community’s Business Working Responsibly mark for the 4th time in 2019 underscoring our commitment to sustainability to our employees, clients and suppliers.
Alastair holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from Trinity College, Dublin. He is married with three children. He is an avid sports fan and he enjoys travelling and listening to music in his spare time.