David Rowland is executive chairman of Accenture. In addition to chairing the board of directors, he is actively involved in the company's long-term business strategy and represents Accenture with clients around the world and with key external groups.
With more than 37 years at Accenture, David is one of the company's longest-tenured senior executives. Prior to becoming executive chairman in September 2019, he was Accenture's interim CEO and previously served as CFO. Through his work alongside Accenture's former Chairman & CEO Pierre Nanterme between 2012 and 2019, David played an important role in positioning Accenture as the market leader in new, high-growth areas of digital, cloud and security-related services. His leadership was integral to driving record levels of top line growth and shareholder value during that period as well as the execution of Accenture's bold strategy of acquiring more than 100 companies to bolster capability and scale for strategic growth.
David was a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee for nearly 20 years and was closely involved in evolving Accenture from a partnership to a public company and leading global professional services organization.
Currently, David serves on the board of Tanium, a technology company, as an independent director and as Audit Committee chair. He is also on the board of Russell Reynolds, a global leadership advisory and search firm. Previously, he served on the board and as Audit Committee chair for Avanade, a joint venture of Accenture and Microsoft, and considered one of the world's most successful joint ventures between two global leaders.
David has been recognized among the top CFOs in his sector by Institutional Investor, including Best CFO on the "2016 All-America Executive Team." As interim CEO, he was rated as a top-performing CEO on Glassdoor.
Throughout his career, David has served on several civic and charitable boards. He is a member of the advisory board, and was previously chair, of the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Tech Foundation and the Board of Directors for Covenant House Georgia.
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
*On June 2, 2021, Accenture announced that David Rowland will step down as executive chairman and from the board and retire from Accenture, effective September 1, 2021. Julie Sweet, Accenture’s chief executive officer, has been appointed to the additional role of chair of the board to succeed David upon his retirement.