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FORTUNE names Pierre Nanterme to its prestigious Businessperson of the Year list

Fortune has ranked Accenture Chairman & CEO Pierre Nanterme 32 on its Businessperson of the Year list.

The list celebrates corporate chiefs delivering concrete results. To compile this year’s Businessperson of the Year list, Fortune weighed 10 metrics. Key to the analysis was financial results, including 12-month and 36-month increases in profits and revenue. Fortune also factored each company’s stock performance and total shareholder returns over the same periods and also weighed each company’s ratio of debt to capital.

In its analysis, Fortune cited Nanterme’s focus on the cloud and digital services.

“Thanks largely to the CEO’s philosophy, the company developed digital services, such as Accenture Digital (which helps clients digitize their own businesses) earlier than competitors,” the magazine stated. “In the third quarter of fiscal 2015, such services, including big data algorithms, increased 35% (compared to the same quarter a year ago) and represented more than 20% of Accenture’s revenue.”

The list also weighs nonfinancial elements, like business influence, leadership style, and strategic initiatives. In this area Fortune also cited Nanterme’s leadership.

“Under Nanterme, the company is also overhauling its approach to its own management,” the magazine reported. “In September it axed annual reviews and rankings.”