Accenture has promoted Marc Carrel-Billiard to Global Managing Director of Technology Research & Development. In his new role, Carrel-Billiard will oversee Accenture Technology’s R&D organisation, a unit which consists of among others Technology Labs (5 locations globally) and the firm’s Open Innovation programme.
Carrel-Billiard joined Accenture in 1998. Over the past 17 years he fulfilled a range of roles at the consulting and technology firm, including Head of Technology Consulting for the BeneLux (2005 – 2007), Global Practice Lead of the Application Portfolio Management unit (2008 – 2010), and most recently he served as Accenture’s Global Lead for Emerging Technology. Before joining Accenture in 1998, Carrel-Billiard worked for IBM Global Services. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Sciences from École Nationale des Telecommunications de Paris as well as a Master of Science degree in Computer Sciences from École Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique pour l’Industrie et l’Entreprise (ENSIEE) in France.
Per 1 October Carrel-Billiard has been promoted to the role of Global Managing Director of Research & Development within the Technology business unit. He takes responsibility for Accenture Technology Labs, the firm’s arm which explores new and emerging technologies, with locations in Silicon Valley, California; Sophia Antipolis, France; Arlington, Virginia; Beijing, China; and Bangalore, India. He will in addition direct Accenture Open Innovation, the group that works with start-ups, venture capitalists, leading academic organisations and corporate R&D groups, and lead Accenture’s annual Technology Vision research, which looks at the future of enterprise IT and makes recommendations for how organisations can take advantage of technology to improve their business results.
“I’m thrilled to take on this incredible opportunity to lead Accenture’s Technology R&D group which continues to stretch the boundaries of traditional enterprise technology and help clients reimagine the future. I look forward to working with an incredible global team of top minds, researchers and scientists, to take the latest technology innovations from vision to value for our clients,” says Carrel-Billiard.
Sanjay Podder, Accenture Mmanaging Director of the Bangalore Technology Labs, comments: “Marc is a visionary technologist who is highly respected in our industry and exceptionally qualified to lead this area of our company. He has extensive experience in developing and delivering emerging technologies, including key areas of IT such as cognitive computing and robotics. Throughout his career, Marc has distinguished himself as a thought leader and evangelist for new and innovative technologies, and has also had great success as an Accenture leader delivering business results to clients.”