Andrew Smith

Managing Director, Industry X

Frankfurt, Germany

"The Climeworks project digitizes operations to fight against global warming."

How I put change in motion

As Managing Director and lead of our Industry X business in Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Russia, I lead and motivate teams as we deliver complex, advanced technology and digital solutions to clients.

We recently collaborated with Swiss eco-tech company Climeworks to help fight global warming. Climeworks aims to filter 1% of global CO2 emissions from the air by 2025 using Direct Air Capture (DAC)—the world’s first commercial carbon-removal technology.

Working with Climeworks we expanded their unique direct carbon-capture technology and made it scalable. This is an invaluable technology in the fight against climate change.

What made the collaboration so powerful was that everybody was motivated by the same purpose: to do everything we could to help save the climate of our planet.

It’s one example of our purposeful work. Our people want to make a difference. They want to do good. When we bring together people, passion and purpose, we move mountains.

The Climeworks team included Technical Architect Gary Boyle, who focused on ensuring the effectiveness of the digital plant solution; Sales Lead Stéphane Piqué, who served as project lead; Managing Director René Wiedemann, who helped ensure Accenture’s sponsorship of the project; and Project Analytics Lead Xiang Zhao, who translated requirements for the analytics team.

Read more about how we helped Climeworks apply leading-edge technology to filter global CO2 emissions.

Learn more about Industry X Careers.

A day in my life

My aspiration is to take calculated risks, solve complex problems and make the seemingly impossible, possible.

Most of my days are focused on acquisitions and breakthrough innovations, such as our work with Climeworks or quantum computing.

“We bring together people, passion and purpose to move mountains.”

My advice

Follow Steve Jobs’ advice: You do your best work when you love what you do. And how do you know what you love? Follow your heart.

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