Professional services giant Accenture has announced changes to its Global Management Committee, with leadership moves in its U.K. and Ireland business.

Simon Eaves has been appointed managing director of Accenture in the U.K. and Ireland, effective from next year, with overall responsibility for Accenture’s industries and services in those countries.

Eaves, a 20-year veteran of Accenture, was group chief executive of Accenture’s Products organization, serving clients in the consumer goods, retail and travel services; industrial; and life sciences industries.

His roles included leading digital transformation across the enterprise, global zero-based budgeting, and implementing next-generation technology platforms.

Most recently, he served as chief strategy officer, driving the rapid evolution of Accenture’s industry points of view on COVID-19 and its global ventures & acquisitions strategy.

The firm said Eaves is an advocate of inclusion and diversity, including being a passionate supporter of Accenture’s LGBTQ ally program.

Olly Benzecry, who has served as managing director and chairman of Accenture in the U.K. and Ireland since 2011, will continue as chairman until he retires at the end of August 2021.

“I am grateful to Olly for the tremendous impact he has made in his 28 years at Accenture as a force in our business, a role model for our people and a committed advocate for our communities, most recently as he led the announcement of our ethnicity goals in the UK,” said Julie Sweet, Accenture’s chief executive officer.

“I am pleased he will continue in his role as chairman until retiring next year. As Simon assumes overall leadership of our business in the U.K. and Ireland, I’m confident that his seasoned expertise and commitment to our people and workplace equality will strengthen and grow Accenture in this critical market.”

Dublin-headquartered Accenture operates in 120 countries, reported revenues of $43.2bn in 2019 and has nearly half a million employees.