Accenture Interactive has lost its second leader in less than three months as managing director ANZ Rob Findlay exits the business, B&T understands.
B&T originally broke the news of Accenture Interactive MD Michael Buckley’s departure in May, and now it appears the firm has lost another major leader.
Multiple sources close to the issue have confirmed his departure, although both Findlay and Accenture Interactive declined to comment.
Findlay was in the role for just under two years. He is the founder of Next Money, a fintech design and innovation company, and previously worked at DBS Bank as senior vice president of experience design.
Accenture Interactive over the last couple of years has extended its capabilities by delving into agency land.
In April it was reported Accenture Interactive was set to acquire Droga5 overseas, a deal which was understood to be its largest deal to date since it was founded in 2009.
The acquisition, which was finalised in May, saw Droga5, which has 500 employees across its offices in New York and London, become part of the consultancy’s marketing and customer experience division.
However, there is brewing tension between the consultancy firm and traditional agencies. Just two weeks ago, it was reported that WPP will soon refuse to be involved in pitches that involve Accenture.
Neither WPP or Accenture have verified the claims. Nor is it clear if other holding companies plan on following WPP’s lead.
Story by Ally Burnie & Ed Pollitt