When Pamela J. Craig became CFO of Accenture Ltd. in 2006, she already had spent half her life with the company and its predecessor, Andersen Consulting. Craig was ideally suited for the job, having served in a number of roles as the global corporation grew to the $21.5 billion management consulting, technology and outsourcing company it is today. She spent much of her career in operational units of the company, including leadership roles in the media and entertainment group within the communications and high-tech operations group. "I understand what people need to balance in order to make good business or financial decisions." Toward that end, she says, a high priority is developing an integrated technology platform that unifies the far-flung operations to become a repository for finance, HR and sales data.
As CFO, Craig, 51, says an important part of her job "is to deliver our commitments to shareholders while continuing to make good investment choices for the future business." As vice president of finance, Craig played a role in the company's decision to pay shareholders dividends for the first time. She says she remains dedicated to returning cash to shareholders through dividends and an active share repurchase program.