New York: Accenture has appointed Stephen J. Rohleder to the newly created position of group chief executive — North America, following the retirement of Jorge Benitez. Benitez will step down on June 1 as chief executive — United States and senior managing director — North America and retire from the company on August 31. In the new role, Rohleder, 56, will oversee Accenture's business in the United States, the company's largest market, as well as Canada. Rohleder is a 33-year veteran of the company and has served as Accenture's chief operating officer from 2004 to 2009. Since 2009, he has held the position of group chief executive of the company's Health & Public Service operating group. He is a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee.