Atos adds Carol Houle as global head of consulting for financial services

23 March 2021 2 min. read
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Technology consultancy Atos has welcomed Carol Houle as global head of consulting and marketing for the financial services and insurance practice.

Houle, who has more than 25 years of IT industry and consulting experience, will lead consulting, marketing, pre-sales engineering, and portfolio for Atos’ financial services and insurance (FS&I) practice. She will be based in Charlotte, NC, and will report to Adrian Gregory, global leader of FS&I.

Houle has extensive experience selling and leading large enterprise transformations, including process improvement and technology-based solutions. She has recently focused on engagements with large financial services, public utility, and retail organizations.

“Carol brings extensive knowledge of the consulting sector coupled with her go-to-market experience and we look forward to her building on the success of the team, which has already had a number of exciting new wins this year,” Gregory said.

Houle joins Atos from rival IT consultancy Cognizant, where she spent the last three years as global practice leader for digital consulting. In the role, she was responsible for developing and executing consulting strategies to boost productivity while building a strong team culture.

Before that, she spent two years as an IT transformation partner at Dell Technologies and one year as managing director of Cisco’s financial services consulting practice in the Americas. Before Cisco, Houle spent over five years at EMC (now Dell), where she was leader of EMC Global Services, overseeing a 30-person services sales team.

Houle began her career at PwC, where she spent six-and-a-half years working on organizational and IT transformation engagements. She holds a BS in finance and management information systems from the University of Maryland.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen an unprecedented acceleration of digital transformation across banking, financial services and insurance as businesses have responded to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Houle said. “Atos already has an extensive footprint in the sector, and I am looking forward to playing a key role in helping our clients seize the opportunities for growth that digital differentiation presents.”

France-based Atos has 105,000 employees globally and approximately $14.67 billion in annual revenue.

The firm earlier this year tried to acquire US-based IT consultancy DXC, though the $10 billion offer was ultimately rejected.

Atos in 2018 bought US-based Syntel for $3.6 billion. The transaction added 23,000 employees in 30 countries.