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From risk to resilience: Strategies for building a secure foundation for gen AI

June 5, 10:20 AM - 10:45 AM
Grand Ballroom Salon B

About the speaker

Karthik Narain

Karthik Narain

Group Chief Executive, Technology, Accenture

Karthik Narain currently serves as Group Chief Executive, Technology at Accenture. His role spans cloud, data and AI, enterprise & industry technologies and security, as well as technology ecosystem partnerships and its Advanced Technology Centers. He is a member of the Global Management Committee.

Karthik is also Chair of the Board of Avanade, Accenture's joint venture with Microsoft.

Prior to his appointment as Group Chief Executive, Karthik served as the lead for Accenture Cloud First and the company's Data & AI business. In these roles, he led teams helping clients move, shape, and operate their businesses in the cloud and unlock the power of data & AI. Since the formation of Cloud First in 2020, the cloud has become a top growth driver for the company. Accenture is recognized as a leader in cloud services market share and thought leadership by the technology ecosystem and industry analysts. Karthik has a track record of investing in the development of people, having tripled cloud-certified talent in the past three years. He has extended the company's leadership with ecosystem partners and driven substantial investments in solutions, acquisitions, and talent to keep Accenture at the forefront of the industry.

Most recently, Karthik helped define Accenture's approach and establish an early lead in generative AI through investments in its Generative AI Center of Excellence, new, signature thought leadership pieces, new ecosystem partnerships, and a new data and AI strategy for the company.

Karthik, who joined Accenture in 2015, brings a diverse set of experiences to his role as Group Chief Executive. Over his 24-year career, he has led many strategic and innovative programs for clients across a variety of industry sectors, including financial services, high tech, and software and platforms. Karthik previously led Accenture Technology in North America, helping guide Global 2000 brands in using the power of the cloud and other technologies to transform their businesses. He is also an active sponsor in the Technology Women's Executive Leadership program, supporting the growth of Accenture's most senior women leaders in Technology.