Joe W. Forehand
Trusted Mentor for World’s Largest Global Consultancy
Inducted in 2002
Joe W. Forehand has remained with one company throughout his nearly 30-year career, yet change is his guiding principle. The Alexander City native is chairman and CEO of Accenture, the world’s leading provider of management and technology consulting services and solutions, with net revenues of $11.44 billion last year and more than 75,000 employees and offices in 46 countries. Mr. Forehand is Consulting Magazine’s Most Influential Consultant and was named by InformationWeek one of 15 most inspirational figures in information technology. His entrepreneurial vision drove one of the largest rebranding efforts ever undertaken, as Accenture won its legal separation after an arbitration process.
Mr. Forehand joined the company in 1972 in Atlanta. On his way to becoming a partner in 1982, he worked in the Products group with a broad mix of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and transportation organizations. Eventually he led the Atlanta Products group, and then in 1994 he was named the head of the company’s Americas Products group.
In 1997, Mr. Forehand became managing partner for the Products global market unit, splitting his time between offices in Dallas and Paris. A year later, he was named managing partner for the Communications & High Tech global market unit. His expertise ranges from sales to manufacturing to enterprise financial systems. Additionally, he has proven insight into a range of digital industries, including media
and entertainment companies, communications, electronics, and high tech firms, placing him at the forefront of Accenture’s leading e-commerce work. In all, Mr. Forehand has held leadership positions in 11 of Accenture’s 18 industry practices, experience that helps explain the collaborative spirit and inclusive management practices for which he is acclaimed.
Well respected by Accenture’s Fortune 500 clients around the world, Mr. Forehand also commands the trust of 2,500 Accenture partners, due in part to his powerful analytical skills and pragmatic approaches, grounded in an engineering mindset. Under his leadership, the partners undertook a historic vote to pursue an initial public offering for Accenture. While “growing” the company in this and a
host of other ways, he never lost sight of the social mission of a major company: Accenture is a generous supporter of higher education and civic programs.
Mr. Forehand carries influence far beyond Accenture. He participates annually at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, an organization committed to improving people’s lives by furthering economic growth and social progress. He serves on the Busi-ness Steering Committee of the Global Business Dialogue on E-Commerce, and he is a member of the Business Coalition for Excellence in Education, a national group seeking education reforms. He frequently addresses business conferences and he recently gave keynote addresses at the Microsoft Information Management 2001 Conference and the 2001 Hewlett-Packard Latin America e-Government & IT Conference.
Mr. Forehand is a 1971 graduate of Auburn University’s industrial engineering program and a 1972 graduate of Purdue University’s industrial administration program. Mr. Forehand is a member of the Dean’s Club at Auburn and the President’s Club at Purdue University. He also is former chair of the Auburn University Industrial Engineering Alumni Advisory Committee. He has been named Alumnus of the Year by Auburn’s industrial engineering department and also received the Auburn Engineering Alumni Council’s Distinguished Engineer Award.
Mr. Forehand and his wife, Gayle, have been married for more than 30 years, raised twin sons and now reside in Plano, Texas.