The program that Accenture presented for over 50 NACD members attending was a WOW all the way around. One directorin attendance commented, "By far the most exciting, intellectually stimulating and timely event. Superbly done."
Each module offered insights on understanding that digital technology is dissolving traditional boundaries between industries and creating more opportunities for disruptors to displace incumbents. Although technology has historically been viewed as an enabler of business operations, today it is also widely seen as a critical driver of growth. As a director, what do you need to understand to help your board and organization reap the long-term benefits of transformative, new technologies to create shareholder value?
We partnered with the members of Accenture’s Innovation Center to present the following discussion topics. Members rotated through each of the following interactive modules:
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Internet of Things (IoT)
Workforce of the Future
Each module focused on:
Basic education and level set on what the topic is
Use cases and examples
Implications for your board – What should you be asking?
Bob Kress is a Managing Director and the global Quality & Risk officer for Accenture Security, responsible for identifying, assessing and managing risk in Accenture's Security business, and managing the quality of Security services delivered to clients. Mr. Kress is also responsible for Accenture Security offerings to Boards of Directors, and is the Midwest Region Security lead.
Prior to this, Bob was the Managing Director of Global IT Audit in Accenture’s Internal Audit organization and led the Internal Audit transformation and digitization. As well as the COO of Accenture’s Internal IT organization responsible for transforming internal IT and running IT like a business, including IT Strategy, IT Planning, IT Risk, and all IT operations.
Bob has published two books, Running IT like a Business, and IT Governance to Drive High Performance, and holds patents in the U.S. and Australia for artificial intelligence technology for Identifying Risk Trends Associated With Topics From Natural Language Text. He has most recently published articles on Analytics Transforming Internal Audit for a Digital Future, Innovation in Continuous Risk Assessment, and Why Thinking Like a Hacker May be A Good Line of Defense.
Bob chairs the Board of i.c.stars, a non-profit focused on technology and leadership training for low-income young adults. Additionally, he is the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at The University of Iowa.
Brian Irwin is a Managing Director and leads Accenture’s Automotive and Industrial Products practice across North America, as well as the Products Industry X.0 Consulting Practice. Brian has over 20 years of experience serving Automotive and Industrial clients across North America, Europe and Asia, and focuses on helping companies exploit the advantages that are being created by Industry X.0 and the digital disruption that is driving innovation, new products, services, and business models.
Brian has served over 10 automotive OEMs, an equal number of Tier 1 suppliers, and many industrial companies, helping these organizations across a broad range of topics including strategy, and growth, as well as driving improvement in product development, quality, and complexity reduction. He is a recognized thought leader in the industry and often speaks on disruptive technology and industry issues.
Prior to his work in management consulting Brian worked for a global automotive OEM.
Michael Ljung, a Senior Managing Director, leads the Intelligent Software Engineering business for Accenture in North America. Software Engineering because building future-ready systems requires architecture principles and engineering discipline; Intelligent Software because more and more systems rely on AI, automation, and analytics. Michael’s group of 7,900 includes technology architects, cloud native engineers, serverless programmers, devops experts, custom delivery leads, agile scrum masters, AI professionals, and data scientists. Working together, they help clients embrace what we call Exponential IT.
Prior to this role, Michael ran Accenture’s Midwest Technology business, responsible for sales and delivery of all types of technology solutions, custom and packaged, across industries.
Dave Treat is a managing director, co-lead of Accenture’s blockchain business and lead of the NY Fintech Innovation Lab.
He has 20 years of experience in Financial Services split between consulting and industry roles spanning Capital Markets, Retail Banking, and Cards. He has expertise in running strategy functions, innovation, strategic cost management, large-scale restructuring, customer relationship management, and M&A.
Over the past several years, Dave has driven the formation of Accenture’s blockchain business which now spans the globe, engages clients across all industries, and ranges from pure R&D to full scale client business transformation. In addition to managing several of Accenture’s strategic alliances in the blockchain domain, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Linux Hyperledger Project, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, and the ID2020 Alliance. David also serves as the Executive Sponsor for the World Economic Forum’s Digital Identity Initiative and the Known Traveler Digital Identity project.
David is Accenture’s lead for the New York Fintech Innovation Lab which is co-run by Accenture and the Partnership Fund for New York City. The FinTech Innovation Lab is a highly competitive, 12-week program that helps early- to growth-stage enterprise technology companies refine and test their value proposition with the support of the world’s leading financial service firms.
Dave holds over 26 blockchain patents and pending patents and is a frequent speaker and the author of several papers. He has been quoted extensively on blockchain-related topics in the New York Times, Fortune, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal. Dave was named one of the Sci-Tech 100 2018: The Architects of the Future by Silicon Republic.
Torin Monet, a Senior Principal in Accenture Strategy’s Talent & Organization practice, has 16 years of experience championing and leading transformation and change, organization design, talent strategy and organizational effectiveness initiatives. At Accenture, Torin has led teams to address talent and organization questions for clients across numerous industries from banking to products to energy and functions inclusive of IT, HR and Operations.
Most recently, Torin led a talent strategy development for a global medical device manufacturer. Prior to Accenture, he worked in talent strategy at LinkedIn and at several large consulting firms.