Julie Sweet

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Julie Sweet
Born1966/1967 (age 54–55)[1]
Alma mater
  • Claremont McKenna College (BA)
  • Columbia Law School (JD)
OccupationCEO of Accenture
Board member of
  • Business Roundtable
  • Catalyst
  • TechNet Executive Council
  • Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders
Spouse(s)Chad Creighton Sweet
Children2 (daughters)

Julie Terese Sweet (née Spellman)[3] 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."[4] She was named to Fortune's "Most Powerful Women" list from 2016 through 2019.[2][5]

Early life and education

Sweet grew up in Tustin, California.[4] She holds a bachelor's degree from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School.[6]


Prior to Sweet's work at Accenture, she was an attorney at law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore.[7][8] She worked at the firm for 17 years and was partner for 10.[9][10] Sweet was the ninth woman ever to make partner at the firm.[7] She worked on financing, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate counsel.[11]

Accenture recruited Sweet as general counsel in 2010.[7] In 2015, she became CEO of Accenture's North America business, the company's largest market.[7] 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.[12]

Accenture named Sweet its CEO effective September 2019, the first woman to hold that position.[13][14] She replaced interim CEO David Rowland.[14] At the time of her appointment, she was one of 27 women leading companies in the S&P 500[7] and the 15th female CEO of all Fortune Global 500 companies.[15][16]

Sweet has advocated for diversity, inclusion,[7] and workplace gender parity.[14] 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.[17] Sweet was named a top CEO for diversity by the website Comparably in 2019.[18] Sweet has called for addressing the skills gap in the U.S. and supported the national apprenticeship movement.[19] She participated in The New York Times's New Rules Summit.[4]

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.[14]

The New York Times called Sweet "one of the most powerful women in corporate America" in 2019.[4] Fortune listed her as one of the "Most Powerful Women" in 2016, 2017, 2018,[10] and 2019; in 2019, she ranked No. 9.[5]

Personal life

Sweet is married to Chad Creighton Sweet,[3] who was Republican Ted Cruz's campaign chairman for Cruz's 2016 presidential campaign. She has two daughters.[10][20]


  1. "Form 10-K". Securities and Exchange Commission. 2019-10-29. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Julie Sweet". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jaffee, Michelle Koidin (2004-10-10). "Julie Spellman and Chad Sweet". Weddings/Celebrations: Vows. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2021-07-06. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Gelles, David. "Julie Sweet of Accenture Could See Her Future. So She Quit Her Job". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2021-07-06. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  5. 5.0 5.1 McCoy, Daniel; Lambert, Ryan (2019-09-24). "Microsoft, Boeing execs land on Fortune list of most powerful women". Biz Women. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
  6. Maake, Katishi. "Accenture taps Arlington-based Julie Sweet as global chief executive". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Gelles, David. "Julie Sweet to Run Accenture, Adding a Woman to the Ranks of Corporate C.E.O.s". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  8. "Accenture Taps Ex-Cravath Partner As New CEO". Law360. 2019-07-11. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  9. Abadi, Mark (2019-01-04). "The CEO of a consulting firm says if 'you can see your future' at work, you may not be in the right career". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Horswill, Ian (2019-07-12). "Julie Sweet named first female CEO of Accenture". CEO Magazine. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  11. "Accenture names Julie Sweet chief executive officer". Consulting.us. 2019-07-15. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  12. Prang, Allison. "Accenture Picks Julie Sweet as Chief Executive". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  13. "Accenture names Julie Sweet as CEO". Reuters. 2019-07-11. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Aliaj, Ortenca. "Accenture promotes North America boss to global CEO". Financial Times. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  15. Hinchliffe, Emma (2019-07-22). "Women Lead Only 2.8% of Fortune Global 500 Companies". Fortune. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  16. "Transcript: The Path Forward: Digital Acceleration with Accenture CEO Julie Sweet". Washington Post. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  17. Dantes, Damanick (2019-01-08). "Accenture CEO: Diversity and Inclusion Start From Within". Fortune. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
  18. Brown, Dalvin (2019-06-25). "Who are the best CEOs for minority workers? Heads of Intuit, T-Mobile, Google rank high". USA Today. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
  19. Murray, Alan (2019-07-11). "Accenture Names a New CEO: Julie Sweet". Fortune. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  20. "Julie Sweet". Working Mother. 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2019-10-08.

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