Technology managing director Nick Mulcahy has been named as New Zealand country managing director, and Ben Morgan has been appointed to a newly created role as growth lead for the region, as well as expanding his Accenture board responsibilities.
Additionally, Richard Harrison has been appointed as New Zealand security lead.
Mulcahy was previously the CEO of Zag, an award-winning local SAP and Cloud consultancy, before Accenture acquired it in 2020.
Ben Morgan says creating a new, expanded growth leadership role and capability will mean Accenture can pursue better partnership growth opportunities with clients and ecosystem partners across the region. He will also be responsible for facilitating greater visibility of global best practice and promoting the best of New Zealand throughout Accenture's global network and clients.
"Almost every business, across every industry, began a journey of reinvention these past couple of years and smart digital transformation will remain the critical success factor for businesses to innovate," Mulcahy says.
"We want to help businesses to adapt and grow through the use of smart and agile technology so that they can meet a post-pandemic future with confidence. Helping Kiwi businesses properly get to grips with the change and capitalise on it is where we believe we can make a difference. The combination of our local and global expertise, deep knowledge of industries and multiple, complementary service offerings means we can deliver unparalleled value."
"It's an important time for Accenture. We've made excellent strides in recent years where we've successfully diversified and scaled the business, and I am looking forward to accelerating the next stage of Accenture's growth," Morgan says.
Harrison brings more than 15 years of cyber and information security expertise to the team, with experience both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He joins Accenture from healthAlliance, where he was chief information security officer. His responsibilities included leading the Northern Region DHB's security strategy and digital transformation programme to improve the safety and security of critical health information and services provided to two million people across Auckland and Northland.
Harrison is an award-winning industry leader in cyber and information security and was recently named a finalist for the category of Best Security CISO, Security Manager, Leader in the 2021 iSANZ awards.
"This is an important hire for us. Cybersecurity is one of the biggest challenges facing business leaders throughout the world, so we're pleased to enhance our services and capabilities for New Zealand clients," Mulcahy says.
"Richard brings outstanding credentials to further bolster our cybersecurity offering in New Zealand. We're looking forward to having him on board," Mulcahy adds.
"Few organisations have the capability, skills and scale that Accenture has which enables its people to drive real change in New Zealand's digital transformation," Harrison says.
"I'm looking forward to harnessing Accenture's unique offering to continue building New Zealand's cyber and information security capabilities. Joining Accenture gives me the opportunity to build cybersecurity capabilities here in New Zealand, which we desperately need."