Accenture snares Sydney specialist resources and energy consultancy Partners in Performance

Accenture snares Sydney specialist resources and energy consultancy Partners in Performance

Accenture's Australian and New Zealand head of operations Peter Burns

US-based professional services group Accenture has added Sydney-based management consultancy Partners in Performance to its growing list of Australian acquisitions, in a move aimed at bolstering its services to the resources and energy sectors.

Partners in Performance is led by founder Skipp Williamson, who over the past 28 years has grown the business to a team of more than 500 operating from seven offices globally.

Accenture, which earlier this year snapped up Melbourne-based marketing and technology consultancy The Lumery, says that Partners in Performance will strengthen its offering in the fields of metals and mining, oil and gas, utilities and chemicals by bolstering the delivery of capital projects and accelerating energy transition and decarbonisation efforts.

Williamson, who cut her teeth in consulting with a stint at McKinsey & Co before establishing Partners in Performance in 1996, has been lauded as one of Australia’s most powerful consultants by the Australian Financial Review,  developing a specialist reputation for aiding businesses in asset-intensive industries.

“Our focus has been on helping organisations have big lasting impact,” says Williamson.

“We are excited to combine our joint strengths with Accenture for our clients across the world and to bring them even better lasting impact.” 

Accenture notes that that Partners in Performance is recognised for helping C-suite leaders generate long-term growth for their companies through its proprietary data, benchmarks and advanced analytics tools. 

“The acquisition of Partners in Performance reflects our commitment to supporting asset intensive industries,” says Peter Burns, Accenture’s head of operations in Australia and NZ.

“It is an investment that will bring together Accenture’s expertise in operational technology and security with Prairie’s business improvement capabilities, to deliver sustained change and drive productivity for our clients”.

Stephanie Jamison, Accenture’s global resources industry practice lead and global sustainability services lead, notes that a key area of service involving asset-intensive clients revolves around the need to balance strategies for decarbonisation without compromising business growth objectives.

“Partners in Performance’s expertise will be invaluable as we collaborate with clients to help them leverage digital capabilities and new ways of working to improve operational performance in areas such as supply chain, decarbonisation and capital projects,” says Jamison.

Financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed but Accenture says the deal is still subject to standard conditions, including regulatory approval.

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