East Brunswick, New Jersey, February 24, 2012 - The Altan Group, a global innovation and technology services firm, today announced that Robert N. Frerichs has been appointed executive chairman of its board of directors. Mr. Frerichs will retire from his current position as international chairman of Accenture PLC and start his new role on March 1.
Joe W. Forehand, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Accenture who had previously been chairman of the Altran Group board, will continue to serve on the board of directors.
Mr. Forehand said: “Mr. Frerichs is an industry veteran and has profound experience in professional services at a global scale. We will greatly benefit from his expertise and guidance as we establish the Altran Group as the category leader in innovation services for the connected world.”
In addition to Mr. Frerichs and Mr. Forehand, the Altran Group’s board members include Adam H. Clammer (KKR), James H. Greene, Jr. (KKR), Nathaniel H. Taylor (KKR), Arun Sarin (senior advisor, KKR, and former chief executive of Vodafone Group, PLC), Tony Morgan (Canada Pension Plan Investment Board), and Sudip Nandy (chief executive officer, Altran Group).
Before assuming his role as international chairman of Accenture in September 2011, Robert N. Frerichs was group chief executive-North America, with overall responsibility for Accenture’s business in North America. He also served as the company’s chief risk officer from 2004 to 2009. Prior to serving as chief risk officer, Mr. Frerichs was chief operating officer of Accenture’s Communication & High Tech operating group.
Mr. Frerichs was a member of Accenture’s board of directors prior to the company’s initial public offering in July 2001 and also served on the company’s strategic planning teams during key periods over the past 20+ years. He was involved in the creation of Avanade, a technology company Accenture formed with Microsoft, and currently serves as chairman of Avanade’s board of directors.
A certified public accountant and certified at the fellow level in manufacturing, Mr. Frerichs joined Accenture in 1976 and became a partner in 1986.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois.
Altran (formerly Aricent) is a global design and engineering company innovating for customers for what comes next in North America and beyond. We lead our clients into the future by solving their most complex engineering services needs and mission critical software framework solutions. For decades, we have helped companies connect new things and scale with intention. We bring differentiated value to market faster in focused industries to help transform products, brands, companies and start-ups. Based in San Francisco, frog, the global leader in innovation and product design, is also part of Altran.
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