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The age of multimillion-dollar software installations may be a fading memory, but Accenture still remembers how to reel in big tech services contracts. Sales grew 11% in 2005, more than double the sales growth of the overall tech services industry. Of the top six firms in its peer group, only Accenture gained market share last year, inching up from 2.4% to 2.6% of the highly fragmented market, according to research firm Gartner. Bundling of consulting and outsourcing services and expanding offshore deals drove the gains. But 2006 got off to a rocky start after delays in the firm's effort to digitize records at the National Health Service in England led to a $450 million charge in Accenture's fiscal second quarter. Nevertheless, analysts expect earnings to grow 4% this fiscal year, according to Reuters estimates.

Company Info

2005 Rank


($ Millions)


Sales Growth
(over prev. year)

11 %

($ Millions)


Return on Equity

70.5 %

Total Return on Sales (12-mo.)


Share Price
As of 5/31/06




No. of Employees


Industry Services
*Trailing 12 months
Stock price data as of 5/31/06
DATA: Standard & Poor's Compustat

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Company Snapshot

Accenture, through its subsidiaries, offers management consulting, technology, and outsourcing services worldwide. It operates in five segments: communications and high tech (CHT), financial services (FS), products and services (PS), resources (RS), and government. The CHT segment offers management consulting, technology, systems integration, and business process outsourcing services and solutions to the communications, electronics, high technology, media, and entertainment industries. The FS segment offers outsourcing strategies and customer relationship management initiative services for the banking, capital markets, and insurance sectors. The PS segment serves automotive, consumer goods and services, health and life sciences, industrial equipment, retail, and transportation and travel service groups. The RS segment serves the chemicals, energy, forest products, metals and mining, utilities, and related industries. Its government segment serves the defense, revenue, human services, government health, justice, postal, education, electoral authorities, and government organizations, as well as local governments. This segment also provides processing services in areas, such as human resources, social services, ticketing and tolling, collections, and procurement. The company also provides consulting services in the areas of human performance; strategy; customer relationship, finance and performance, and supply chain management, as well as provides various technology services, including information management, integration, infrastructure consulting, information technology strategy and transformation, and research and development services; and Microsoft, mobile, and enterprise solutions. Its outsourcing services include business process, application, and infrastructure outsourcing services. The company was founded in 1995 and was formerly known as Andersen Consulting and changed its name to Accenture in 2001. Accenture is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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William D. Green

William D. Green, 51

Chief Executive Officer

Total Compensation


Babson College - MBA, Dean College - BS

William (Bill) Green has been chief executive officer of Accenture Ltd. since September, 2004. From March, 2003, to August, 2004, Green served as chief operating officer, client services of Accenture. Green has been with Accenture for 26 years. He served as country managing director, U.S., of Accenture from August, 2000, to August, 2004. Green has overall management responsibility for Accenture's operating groups. Green played a central role, internally and externally, in Accenture's transition from a global partnership to a corporation through an initial public offering in 2001. Green joined Accenture in 1977 and became a partner in 1986. During Green's career at Accenture, he has held executive positions in most of Accenture's operating groups. Green was group chief executive of Accenture's communications and high tech operating group from 1999 to 2003. From 1997 to 1999, Green was group chief executive of the Accenture resources operating group. During his tenure, he managed a $2 billion operation that contributed 20% of Accenture's total revenues. From 1994 to 1997, Green led the manufacturing industry group, and before that he was managing partner for Accenture's practice in New England. Green has served as chairman and member of the executive leadership of Team Accenture since September, 2004. Green has been a director of Accenture since June, 2001, and is a member of the finance and executive committees. He attended Dean College and holds a bachelor of science in economics and an MBA from Babson College.

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