We are very pleased to welcome Jo Deblaere, Chief Operating Officer & Group Chief Executive, Europe, of our Strategic Partner, Accenture as a speaker at EBS 2014.

Mr Deblaere will speak in the Opening Plenary session on Moving Beyond the Crisis: What Kind of Europe Do We Need.

Jo Deblaere is Accenture’s chief operating officer, responsible for leading the company’s business operations globally, executing Accenture’s business strategy and ensuring operational excellence company-wide. Mr. Deblaere is also group chief executive—Europe with overall leadership responsibility for Accenture’s business in Europe, covering the company’s presence in more than 20 countries in Europe. Mr. Deblaere leads enterprise risk management for Accenture, working across the company to identify, assess and actively manage enterprise risks. He is a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee and chairs Accenture’s Capital Committee.

Prior to becoming COO in September 2009, Mr. Deblaere was chief operating officer of Accenture’s outsourcing business globally, a position he held since 2006. In this role he was instrumental in driving operational excellence across Accenture’s $9 billion outsourcing business and in leading Accenture’s outsourcing industrialization agenda.

From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Deblaere led Accenture’s global network of business process outsourcing delivery centers. From 2000 to 2005, he had overall responsibility for Accenture’s work with public-sector clients in Western Europe. Earlier in his career, he worked with numerous clients in a variety of industries including automotive, metals, energy, chemicals, media and entertainment, and public service.

Mr. Deblaere joined Accenture in 1985 and became a partner in 1996. He holds a degree in business administration and information management from KU Leuven in Belgium. Mr. Deblaere is based in Brussels.

For more information on Accenture or Mr Deblaere, please visit: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/company/people/Pages/jo-deblaere.aspx