Accenture names Debra Polishook CEO of Accenture Operations

01 July 2016

Accenture has promoted Debra Polishook to Group Chief Executive of Accenture Operations, one of the firm’s five key businesses. Polishook replaces Michael Salvino, who leaves for new pastures from 1 September 2016.

Debra Polishook has been with Accenture since 1985, rising through the ranks to the role of Senior Managing Director and Group Operating Officer at Accenture Operations in 2010. Previously, Polishook was the Global Quality and Client Satisfaction Lead for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), and was earlier the lead for Accenture’s Business Support Services team. Prior to her role within the Outsourcing business, Polishook was the Managing Director of Accenture’s Media & Entertainment client portfolio.

Polishook holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tulane University, and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin.

Debra Polishook - Accenture

Polishook’s promotion, effective from September 1, 2016, sees her head up one of Accenture’s five core business in the role of Group Chief Executive – Accenture Operations. Polishook will take responsibility of staff of more than 100,000 globally and $7 billion in annual net revenues. She will be tasked with further expanding on the businesses strategy, which she herself shaped as part of her previous role. Polishook follows up incumbent Michael Salvino, who will leave the firm to join Carrick Capital Partners. In addition, Polishook will take a position on Accenture’s Global Management Committee.

Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s Chairman and CEO, says that he is “delighted” with Polishook ascension to the business’ top role. He adds “She is an outstanding leader with a proven track record of successfully running different parts of our business during her 30-year career with Accenture”. Commenting on her role, he says “She brings to her new role extensive knowledge of our consulting and business process services, and she was instrumental in shaping our strategy for Accenture Operations when we formed it two years ago. I look forward to working with Debbie as a key member of our senior leadership team as we continue to drive growth in this important part of our business”

Incumbent Salvino says that he is “incredibly proud” of what his team has achieved in building Accenture Operations into a market leading business. Salvino further adds “Debbie is the perfect choice to lead Accenture Operations. We have worked side by side for the last six years, and much of our success has been a direct result of her leadership. I am also delighted that Manish will be stepping up as group operating officer. I wish Debbie, Manish and the entire Accenture team continued success.”

Following the line of successions at Accenture Operations, Manish Sharma, currently a Senior Managing Director, will succeed Polishook as Group Operating Officer effective 1 September 2016.


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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.