“I went to another agency, Sapient, that was also bought by Publicis, and from Sapient I was recruited into Accenture to create a new type of business within Accenture.”
When he was hired in 2008, this new type of business that Accenture wanted to create hadn’t been given a name yet. Soon after, it became Accenture interactive.
Today, Accenture interactive aims to provide support to some of the world’s leading brands, by helping them transform customer experiences by offering help in their design, marketing, content and commerce departments.
Roytman’s role in the business has helped push the Accenture division into new arenas, and recognition has been received in the form of awards and acquisitions.
“One year after I joined, we called it Accenture Interactive. I moved to London then — that was eight years ago — to run our business in Europe, Latin America and Africa. We have done 22 acquisitions since,” Roytman said.
When it comes to acquisitions, Accenture Interactive has picked up agencies including Fjord, Rothco and Karmarama. Speaking during this year’s Cannes Lions advertising and communications festival in south France, Roytman told CNBC that these companies were acquired to boost Accenture Interactive’s skillset.
“(We wanted these companies) primarily for skills and now we are the largest digital network in the world. So it was an interesting journey but I would say that we are still at the beginning of this journey.”