Global outsourcing firm Accenture has appointed Colombian financial expert Jaime Ardila to its board of directors. Ardila, who will also continue his role as president of General Motors’ South American operations, will directly report to Accenture’s CEO Pierre Nanterme and will serve on the company’s finance committee.
US-based Accenture operates widely across Latin America and its earnings in the Americas have risen in the third quarter of 2013. According to a recent press release, Accenture’s net revenue in Latin America increased to $3.44 billion, a 7% rise, from the $3.23 billion recorded in the third quarter of 2012.
“(Ardila) brings exceptional experience in manufacturing from his long career at General Motors in both financial and operations management roles, as well as significant expertise and insight into Latin America — an important growth market for Accenture,” commented CEO Pierre Nanterme.
With the appointment, Accenture’s board now comprises 12 directors, 11 of whom are external and independent. Nanterme is the board’s only internal director.
A native of Colombia, Ardila is president of GM’s operations in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. While working with GM for over 25 years, he also lived and worked in Europe and the United States. He also worked with N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd. for two years, establishing the investment bank’s Colombian business before rejoining GM in 1998.
Ardila holds a Master of Science in economics from the London School of Economics and he also graduated in economics from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogota, Colombia.