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5 Things To Know About Accenture Interim CEO David Rowland

In the wake of Pierre Nanterme’s announcement that he is stepping down as CEO, David Rowland was named interim CEO.

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A Titan Steps Down

Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme -- who has lead the company since 2011, and sat on the board as chairman since 2013, while the company has undergone tremendous growth -- announced Friday morning that he is stepping down from both roles, citing ongoing health problems.

In July 2016, the executive revealed he was battling colon cancer, had undergone surgery, but stated he was recovering and still leading the company’s day to day operations. That changed with the announcement that he would step aside.

In his place, Accenture has named CFO David Rowland (pictured), a 35-year company veteran, as interim CEO. The company has not said whether or not a search was underway to find Accenture’s next leader, and a spokesperson did not return calls and an email for comment yesterday.

Accenture -- No. 2 on the 2018 CRN Solution Provider 500 -- has thrived under Nanterme, with net revenue growing 55 percent since 2011, when he took over. The stock price was up 6 cents to $147.10 after yesterday’s announcement.

As part of the news, lead independent director Marge Magner was named the company’s non-executive chair of the board. The company also appointed KC McClure, who currently leads Accenture’s finance operations, as chief financial officer.

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