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Cathinka Wahlstrom

Senior Managing Director – Financial Services, North America


Cathinka Wahlstrom is Accenture’s Senior Managing Director of Financial Services for North America, which serves clients in capital markets, banking and insurance. She is responsible for defining and advancing the group’s vision—to be the premier innovation and execution partner of financial services companies in Canada and the United States—and its strategy, focused on building long-term client relationships and creating sustainable sales and revenue growth.

With more than 20 years of experience consulting to universal banks, investment banks, payments companies and exchanges, Ms. Wahlstrom has built and led Accenture’s relationships with some of the world’s largest financial services companies. Her work has spanned mergers and acquisitions, organizational restructuring and business change, cost-reduction programs, and digital and technology initiatives throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Prior to assuming leadership of Accenture’s Financial Services business in North America, Ms. Wahlstrom led the North America Banking client service group and the Finance & Performance management practice in the Northeast region. She has also served as Accenture’s location managing director for metro New York, and chair of Accenture’s Diamond Client Forum, focused on partnering with the firm’s largest clients across all industries. Ms. Wahlstrom has played a key role in Accenture’s strategic planning efforts and company-wide operating model changes.

Ms. Wahlstrom is involved in a variety of mentoring, diversity and civic initiatives. She is the former President of the Accenture Foundation and she sits on the board of the New York City Ballet. She also sponsors Accenture’s work providing executive coaching to Robin Hood Foundation-supported organizations. She is a previous board member of NPower New York, as well as a previous member of the corporate board of the Global Fund for Women. She is an alumnus of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program and a co-founder of FinTech Innovation Labs New York.

Ms. Wahlstrom has a Bachelor of Arts in economics and journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management. She lives in New York City.