Professional services company Accenture has appointed Michelle Hawkins and Les Bayne as joint regional managing directors in Scotland.
Leading a staff of more than 400, they take over from Bill McDonald who will retire in September after almost 20 years with Accenture across a variety of industries and clients.
Hawkins is a philosophy graduate who has most recently been IT Service Delivery Lead for Accenture. Bayne has a degree in engineering and management and has been Accenture’s managing director for communications, media and technology.
Olly Benzecry, managing director for Accenture UK, said: “I am delighted that Michelle and Les have taken up this joint leadership role. They are both passionate about the success of Scotland and have extensive global experience.
“The Scottish business has great potential and we are seeing significant demand for our services, particularly relating to the application of new technologies to help clients transform their business.
“Over the last 11 years, Bill McDonald has done a terrific job building up the team in Scotland, and Les and Michelle will now capitalise on that to drive further growth.”
Accenture says the new management team’s diverse set of skills will help clients unlock value through the application of data driven innovation, digital transformation, artificial intelligence and cyber security. It has a focus on industries such as financial services and utilities but aims to expand into new sectors including oil and gas decommissioning. Last November Accenture unveiled its Scotland Application Security Hub in Edinburgh.
Both new bosses are champions of Accenture’s ambition to be the most inclusive and diverse workplace in Scotland.
Hawkins said: “Accenture has always been at the forefront of new technology and innovation and we look forward to further building our presence in Scotland.
“As a business we aim to attract the best talent, establish successful partnerships and continue to give back in the communities in which we work across Scotland. Over the next few months we will be focusing on developing more connected relationships and collaborations within the Scottish business, embedding Accenture into the fabric of Scotland.”
Bayne added: “Working within a global network means we draw on our wide range of experience and expertise to deliver bespoke programmes for our clients locally. Innovation, diversity and inclusion is the way to unlock value for our clients.
“Having worked across many business streams in Accenture, I have seen first-hand the difference, and great additional potential, having a strong inclusive team can make and we want to ensure we build this capability into our Scottish offering for our clients.”