New York: Prith Banerjee is to be managing director of Global Technology Research & Development within Accenture's Technology Growth Platform.
"I couldn't be more pleased to welcome Prith Banerjee to Accenture," said Paul Daugherty, Accenture's chief technology officer. "As a well-respected academic, computer scientist, and senior executive, Prith brings an exceptional level of industry knowledge and global perspective on the technology marketplace. Turning technology innovation into business results is imperative to remaining competitive and Prith will play an instrumental role in helping our clients leverage the latest technology solutions."
In his new role, Banerjee's will oversee the Accenture Technology Labs, the global technology R&D organization within Accenture which explores new and emerging technologies, and will direct Accenture's annual Technology Vision research, which looks at the future of enterprise IT and makes recommendations for how companies can take advantage of technology to improve their competitiveness, operations and business results.
Banerjee joins Accenture from ABB Group, where he served most recently as chief technology officer and executive vice president, leading both corporate strategy and the divisional technology organization, which includes more than 8,000 scientists and engineers in seven ABB Research Centers around the world. Before going to ABB, he was senior vice president of research at Hewlett Packard, where he helped develop technical strategies for the company. He was also director of HP Labs, the company's central research organization, leading a group of 500 researchers, whose objective was to innovate five to 15 years beyond the focus of the rest of the company's 30,000 R&D engineers.
"We are in the midst of a new wave of technology innovations that promises to disrupt virtually every industry," said Banerjee. "I'm excited to join the technology leadership team at Accenture and share the company's commitment to delivering leading-edge innovations and strategies for our global enterprise clients."
Banerjee began his career in academia and spent more than two decades in leadership positions at higher learning institutes, including serving as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Walter P. Murphy Professor and Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northwestern University. Banerjee is also the author of a book titled, "Parallel Algorithms for VLSI CAD."
He holds a bachelor of technology degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India, and master's and doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.