Paul Daugherty is Accenture's group chief executive – technology & chief technology officer. He leads all aspects of Accenture's technology business. Paul is also responsible for Accenture's technology strategy, driving innovation through R&D in Accenture Labs and leveraging emerging technologies to bring the newest innovations to clients globally. He recently launched Accenture's Cloud First initiative to further scale the company's market-leading cloud business and is responsible for incubating new businesses such as blockchain, extended reality and quantum computing. He founded and oversees Accenture Ventures, which is focused on strategic equity investments and open innovation to accelerate growth. Paul is responsible for managing Accenture's alliances, partnerships and senior-level relationships with leading and emerging technology companies, and he leads Accenture's Global CIO Council and annual CIO and Innovation Forum. He is a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee.
Paul is a passionate advocate for gender equality in the workplace and sponsoring STEM-related inclusion and diversity initiatives. He serves on the board of directors of Girls Who Code and was recognized by The Institute for Women's Leadership with the "Guys Who Get It Award" for supporting diversity in the workplace and advancement of women, especially in technology and other STEM fields.
Paul also served as chairman of the board of Avanade, the leading provider of Microsoft technology services, for five years and remains on the board of directors. He serves on the boards of Accenture Global Services Limited, the Computer History Museum and the Computer Science and Engineering program at the University of Michigan. He also sponsors Accenture's partnership with Code.org, which is focused on bringing Computer Science education to students around the world.
Paul has been recognized in Computerworld's Premier 100 Technology Leaders, Retail Week's Tech 100, AdWeek 50, LinkedIn Top Voices, and Business Transformation 150. He accepted the FASPE Award for Ethical Leadership for his work in applying ethical principles to the development and use of artificial intelligence and other innovative 21st century technologies.
Paul is co-author of the highly acclaimed book Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI (Harvard Business Review Press, 2018), a management playbook for the business of artificial intelligence. He is also the co-author of Radically Human: How New Technology is Transforming Business and Shaping Our Future (Harvard Business Review Press, April 2022).
Paul joined Accenture in 1986 and became a partner in 1999. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan.