(Renamed Accenture from January 1,2001)
"Bussiness Transformation for the New Marketplace"
Mr.Vernon Ellis is Andersen Consulting's International Chairman, a position created in 1999 to provide a new focus for the leadership of the firm's geographic strategy, external relations and partnership matters. A key responsibility will be to ensure that the firm achieves market leadership in every country in which it has a presence. Mr. Ellis will take a lead role in representing the firm in public forums, developing and communicating distinctive viewpoints on global business issues as well as building relationships with governments and key clients throughout the world. He will also be chairman of the partner income committee and have overall responsibility for the structure of the partnership.
He joined the firm in 1969 after graduating from Magdalen College, Oxford, with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He was admitted to the partnership in 1979 and became Managing Partner for the United Kingdom in 1986.
In 1989 he assumed the role of Managing Partner for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. Over the following ten years this grew to encompass business operations in some 27 countries with a turnover of over $3 billion and more than 25,000 employees and is now the firm's fastest growing region. He played an instrumental part in setting the firm's strategy as part of the worldwide management team, in particular focusing on enabling Andersen Consulting to transform itself in order to work effectively across borders.
In order to stay close to the heart of the firm's business, Mr Ellis combines his management and executive functions for Andersen Consulting with advisory roles at a number of multinational clients. He is also a Board member of enterprises such as OneSwoop.com, the eCommerce start-up which is set to revolutionise the ways new cars are bought in the UK.
Mr Ellis has a longstanding interest in European affairs and is an active participant in debates on a broad range of issues affecting businesses in the UK, Europe and beyond. He is a regular chairman, moderator and speaker at institutions such as the World Economic Forum, the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). He has written widely about European Competitiveness and is a contributor to newspapers ranging from The Times and the FT to Le Monde and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He has in recent years been a member of both the Kingsdown Enquiry into EMU and the Sheppard Enquiry into European competitiveness.
He is currently a member of the Board of the Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum, the Board of the Centre for European Reform, the Business Advisory Council of Britain in Europe, the Foundation Board of IMD, and the Council of the Said Business School, University of Oxford.
Passionate about opera, Mr Ellis is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Classical Opera Company.