Julie Sweet

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BornJulie Spellman
Alma materClaremont McKenna College, Columbia Law School
SpouseChad Creighton Sweet
Member ofBusiness Roundtable, Center for Strategic and International Studies/Board and Staff, WEF/Board of Trustees
CEO of Accenture and Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum. Married to CIA operative.

Julie Terese Sweet (née Spellman)[1] is an American business executive. She is chief executive officer of Accenture, a multinational professional services company. She is also a member of the Global Management Committee for Accenture. According to The New York Times, she is "one of the most powerful women in corporate America."[2] She was named to Fortune‍ '​s "Most Powerful Women" list from 2016 through 2019.[3][4]

In February 2021, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum.[5]

Early life

Sweet grew up in Tustin, California,[2] and was a speech and debate star at Tustin High School.[6] She holds a bachelor's degree from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School.[7]

She is married to Chad Creighton Sweet, co-founder of the The Chertoff Group and Chief of Staff of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prior to becoming Chief of Staff of DHS, Chad worked as an investment banker at the firms of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs as well as served in the CIA's National Clandestine Service.[8][9][10]


Prior to Sweet's work at Accenture, she was an attorney at law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore.[11][12] She worked at the firm for 17 years and was partner for 10.[13][9] Sweet was the ninth woman ever to make partner at the firm.[11] She worked on financing, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate counsel.[14]

Accenture recruited Sweet as general counsel in 2010.[11] In 2015, she became CEO of Accenture's North America business, the company's largest market.[11] Since early in her career at Accenture, she served on the company's global management committee. Alongside then-CEO Pierre Nanterme, Sweet developed Accenture's mergers and acquisitions strategy.[15]

Accenture named Sweet its CEO effective September 2019, the first woman to hold that position.[16][17] She replaced interim CEO David Rowland.[17]

Sweet has advocated for diversity, inclusion,[11] and workplace gender parity.[17] Sweet supports Accenture's goal to have a staff equally represented by men and women by 2025; as of 2019, 42 percent of Accenture's staff was female.[18] Sweet was named a top CEO for diversity by the website Comparably in 2019.[19] Sweet has called for addressing the skills gap in the U.S. and supported the national apprenticeship movement.[20] She participated in The New York Times‍ '​s New Rules Summit.[2]

In addition to her work at Accenture, Sweet served on the boards for Catalyst, a non-profit, and TechNet Executive Council, a network that promotes growth, as of 2019.[17]

The New York Times called Sweet "one of the most powerful women in corporate America" in 2019.[2] Fortune listed her as one of the "Most Powerful Women" in 2016, 2017, 2018,[9] and 2019; in 2019, she ranked No. 9.[4]

Personal life


Event Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/202021 January 202024 January 2020World Economic Forum
This mega-summit of the world's ruling class and their political and media appendages happens every year, but 2020 was special, as the continuous corporate media coverage of COVID-19 started more or less from one day to the next on 20/21. January, coinciding with the start of the meeting.


  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/10/fashion/weddings/julie-spellman-and-chad-sweet.html
  2. a b c d https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/02/business/julie-sweet-accenture-corner-office.html
  3. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/authors/julie-sweet
  4. a b https://www.bizjournals.com/bizwomen/news/latest-news/2019/09/microsoft-boeing-execs-land-on-fortune-list-of.html
  5. https://www.weforum.org/press/2021/02/world-economic-forum-appoints-new-member-to-board-of-trustees-4c1068e22b/
  6. The David Rubinstein Show, “Julie Sweet, Accenture Chair & CEO”, S6:E28, 6 October 2021, Bloomberg TV, after 11 minutes 30 seconds.
  7. https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2019/07/12/accenture-taps-arlington-based-julie-sweet-as.html
  8. https://zpgroup.com/leadership/chad-sweet
  9. a b c https://www.theceomagazine.com/business/articles/julie-sweet-first-female-ceo-accenture/
  10. https://www.workingmother.com/julie-sweet
  11. a b c d e https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/11/business/julie-sweet-accenture-ceo.html
  12. https://www.law360.com/articles/1177615/accenture-taps-ex-cravath-partner-as-new-ceo
  13. https://www.businessinsider.com/accenture-julie-sweet-switch-careers-2019-1
  14. https://www.consulting.us/news/2552/accenture-appoints-julie-sweet-as-chief-executive-officer
  15. https://www.wsj.com/articles/accenture-chooses-new-chief-executive-11562876160
  16. https://www.nasdaq.com/article/accenture-names-julie-sweet-as-ceo-20190711-00978
  17. a b c d https://www.ft.com/content/c87616c4-a3fc-11e9-a282-2df48f366f7d
  18. https://fortune.com/2019/01/08/accenture-ceo-julie-sweet-ceo-initiative/
  19. https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2019/06/25/t-mobile-google-fedex-intuit-among-best-encouraging-diversity/1509253001/
  20. https://fortune.com/2019/07/11/accenture-new-ceo-julie-sweet/
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