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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
Accenture has announced that Mr. Pierre Nanterme has stepped down as Chairman and CEO and as a director of the Company for health reasons that were previously disclosed in July 2016. On January 8, 2019, the Board of Directors of Accenture plc (the “Company”) appointed David Rowland, the current chief financial officer of the Company, to become interim chief executive officer and a director of the Company, effective January 10, 2019.
The Board appointed Marge Magner, a director of the Company since 2006 and Lead Director since 2014, to serve as non-executive chair of the Board, effective January 10, 2019.
The Board also appointed KC McClure as chief financial officer effective January 10, 2019.
Mr. Rowland, 57, has been the Company’s chief financial officer since July 2013. From October 2006 to July 2013, he was the Company’s senior vice president—Finance. Previously, Mr. Rowland was the Company’s managing director—Finance Operations from July 2001 to October 2006. Prior to assuming that role, he served as the Company’s finance director—Communications, Media & Technology operating group and as the Company’s finance director—Products operating group. Mr. Rowland previously served on the board and as chair of the Audit Committee for Avanade Inc., a joint venture of the Company and Microsoft Corporation. From April 2015 through the merger of the Company’s subsidiary Accenture Holdings plc with and into Accenture plc in March 2018, Mr. Rowland also served as a director of Accenture Holdings plc. Mr. Rowland has deep knowledge of Accenture’s business, the global marketplace and the competitive environment and has acquired that understanding through his executive roles as chief financial officer, managing director and finance director.
KC McClure, 53, has been managing director—Finance Operations at the Company since June 2018, where she led the Company’s finance operations across the entirety of Accenture’s businesses. From December 2016 to May 2018, she was the Company’s finance director for the Communications, Media & Technology operating group. Prior to assuming that role, she served as head of investor relations for the Company from September 2010 to November 2016, and from March 2002 to August 2010, she served as the Company’s finance director for the Health & Public Service operating group. Ms. McClure has been with Accenture for 30 years.
Mr. Nanterme has entered into an amendment to his employment agreement pursuant to which he will serve as advisor to the CEO.
No determination regarding compensation arrangements relating to Mr. Rowland’s appointment as interim chief executive officer or Ms. McClure’s appointment as chief financial officer have been made as of the date of filing of this Current Report on Form 8-K.
A copy of the Company’s news release issued on January 11, 2019 regarding these changes is filed as Exhibit 99 to this Form 8-K.
Item 8.01 Other Events
In light of Mr. Nanterme’s resignation as a director, Mr. Nanterme will not stand for election at the Company’s 2019 annual general meeting of shareholders, to be held on February 1, 2019. Any shares represented by proxy cards or voting instructions returned before the annual general meeting will not be voted for Mr. Nanterme. Any shares represented by proxy cards or voting instruction forms returned to the Company will be voted for the election of Mr. Rowland as a director pursuant to the discretionary voting authority granted to the proxies.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, hereunto duly authorized.
Date: January 11, 2019
/s/ Joel Unruch