Accenture appoints new leadership team to drive growth in Scotland
David Caskie and Stuart Chalmers have been appointed joint managing directors to lead Accenture in Scotland and drive forward the firm’s plans to grow its presence in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Mr Caskie and Mr Chalmers will be taking over from Michelle Hawkins, who is moving to a new global role with the company. Both have been with Accenture for more than 20 years.
Mr Chalmers has held various roles focused on financial services (FS) and led several of Accenture’s key FS accounts over the past few years.
Mr Caskie is the global lead for Accenture’s technology ecosystem supplier management group, bringing the firm’s partners to the most complex client solutions.
Accenture has built its Scotland business over the last 30 years through a combination of organic growth and acquisition. With the continued integration of Infinity Works, ContextIS and Mudano into Accenture’s operation in Scotland, the firm delivers business change and digital transformation from offices in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The new Scotland managing directors have put in place plans to expand the firm’s existing capabilities in data and responsible AI, cybersecurity, cloud engineering as well as product design with the launch of Accenture Song in Scotland and are recruiting at all levels into the business.
Mr Caskie commented: “As Scotland builds its economy through data-driven innovation, the role of digital technology and marketing, and data intelligence will grow exponentially.
“Alongside, the demand for cybersecurity expertise increases and the need for responsible and ethical AI becomes critical. We want to play a leading part in that success story for Scotland. Building on our existing resources in Edinburgh and Glasgow and attracting new recruits is an essential part of our plan.”
Mr Chalmers added: “We want to grow the business in Scotland and believe we can do that through a powerful mix of local knowledge and talent combined with Accenture’s global experience and reach.
“We have been gradually building our capabilities out of the Edinburgh office through strategic acquisitions and we’ve now invested in a new Glasgow base to build on the skills we already have in place.
“With both breadth and depth of expertise, we aim to support the growth of Scottish companies and – just as importantly – to bring new work to Scotland.”