John Walsh, IFS Non ExecIFS has announced the appointment of John Walsh, the Chief Sales Officer of Accenture, to its board of directors. Non-executive appointments vary in significance, as the impact they have on the daily business operations is often small. What they add is strategic oversight and advice to the CEO. However, this appointment could significantly impact the fortunes of IFS in the US, where its growth has perhaps been slower compared to other regions, especially in Europe.

Can one person make a difference in the US?

Walsh is a 35-year Accenture veteran. He previously served as the Group Chief Executive of Accenture’s Communications, Media & Technology (CMT) group, helping to grow that practice significantly. He is currently a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee. Does this mean that the relationship between IFS and Accenture will flourish, especially in the United States, where Walsh could become a key sponsor?

Walsh commented, “IFS has successfully evolved from an on-prem solutions provider to a fully-fledged SaaS vendor, transforming itself at great speed and without compromising on customer experience. IFS has demonstrated that it is not only able to innovate with the products and services it brings to market but also continue to deliver on its growth plans year after year. IFS is on an exciting trajectory, and I am pleased to join and bring my own sales leadership and expertise to help execute on its longer term growth strategies.”

Walsh could be the missing link for IFS in the US; just by him joining the board will demonstrate to larger organisations that IFS has the potential to challenge the likes of SAP and Oracle in the larger deals. Walsh is also slowly building out his non-exec portfolio, with IFS the most recent. He also joined the board of Vlocity (2018) – since sold to Salesforce, and Adchemy (2013) – since sold to Walmart, and at the now closed down Silicon Valley non-profit the Churchill Club (since 2012) (though Walsh needs to update his LinkedIn Profile). Walsh could also be a valuable asset to finding talent, especially senior sales talent in the US, as the company looks to expand.

Darren Roos, CEO, IFS (Image credit ifs)
Darren Roos, CEO, IFS

IFS CEO Darren Roos commented, “IFS’s performance in recent years is the result of our unwavering commitment to customer experience and delivering value; with a recent valuation of $10bn USD, it is clear we have achieved a great deal already. IFS has ambitious plans for further growth and John’s track record and expertise are well matched to support these plans. His career has been centred on creating value for customers, and this is very well aligned to IFS’s mantra of delivering our Moment of Service. As IFS continues on its transformation and growth journey we are delighted by John’s appointment and look forward to working with him.”

Enterprise Times: What does this mean

Walsh is the seventh non-executive director on the IFS board and takes his place immediately. It will be interesting to see how the relationship between IFS and Accenture evolves, especially in North America. Does this complete the IFS board? Possibly, though with ambitions in Asia, it is perhaps an omission that there is no representative from that region.

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