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Accenture (NYSE:ACN) has named 647 people to managing director and senior managing director, including a record percentage of women.

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"Each of these individuals has demonstrated leadership, passion and energy in serving our clients, developing our people and running our business," said Pierre Nanterme, Accenture's chairman and CEO. "These promotions reflect our commitment to provide our people with opportunities to develop and grow in their careers."

Women account for 30 percent of the newly promoted managing directors, the largest percentage of women ever promoted to this level at Accenture and up from 29 percent in 2015.

Of the combined managing directors and senior managing directors, 29 percent are women - also a record and up from 28 percent in 2015.

"Diversity is absolutely essential to a high-performing, talent-led organization, and I am very pleased that we continue to make progress in gender diversity," Nanterme added. "In addition to advancing a record percentage of women to senior leadership again this year, we recently surpassed our goal to reach 40 percent women new hires worldwide by 2017." With this milestone, the company has more than 145,000 women at Accenture - more than one third of its global workforce.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions - underpinned by the world's largest delivery network - Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 384,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at  www.accenture.com.

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