Managing Director – Accenture Strategy, Talent & Organization
Mary Lyons is Managing Director for Talent & Organization within Accenture Strategy. In this role she is responsible for bringing together Strategy with execution, helping clients to deliver their business strategies and operating models in light of future workforce needs and digital opportunities.
Ms. Lyons has more than 20 years of deep strategy expertise. Prior to working at Accenture, she was at PRTM and PwC, working with global clients in a variety of industries in the areas of strategy, corporate governance, organizational effectiveness, and integrated talent and human resources solutions. In addition to her HR Strategy practitioner role, she served as the PRTM Chief Talent Officer accountable for global people strategy and operations.
Ms. Lyons earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts and her MBA from Boston University. She is based in Boston, United States.
Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer – Accenture
Ellyn Shook is Accenture’s chief leadership & human resources officer, responsible for the people programs that empower 358,000 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 re-imagining 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 for 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 advisory board of Women in Business at Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota 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.
Ms. Shook joined Accenture in 1988 and became a partner in 2003. She holds a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University.