By Susie Gharib
February 17, 2017

Accenture is hiring. This should make President Trump happy. He’s been pressuring business leaders to add more jobs to their payrolls. The giant global consulting firm just announced it is adding 15,000 jobs in the U.S. and opening 10 new innovation hubs over the next four years.

Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture’s North American operations, tells Fortune’s Susie Gharib she met with President Trump this week but she didn’t tell him about Accenture’s big job plans. She was in the White House to talk about women and entrepreneurship, Sweet said, adding that Trump’s agenda to increase jobs in the country “did not speed up” her company’s announcement. “It’s actually not just President Trump,” she says, “for every state we operate in, for Congress, jobs are at the top of the agenda.”

Sweet says Accenture is opening the innovation hubs in key cities, including Houston, Boston and Columbus, OH to help its clients reinvent themselves by leveraging new technologies. Accenture provides consulting services for many companies on the Fortune 500 and Sweet wants to become their “innovation partner.” “When we talk about innovation it’s very different than before,” Sweet explained. “Innovation is the new competitive advantage.”


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