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Bank Boardrooms Continue to Lack Technology Experience, Accenture Report Reveals Seite 1
Despite the significant increase in the adoption of digital technologies over the past few years, there is a continued lack of technology expertise and digital fluency in the boardrooms of the
world’s largest banks, according to a new report from Accenture (NYSE: ACN).
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Professional technology experience by board director
Building on a similar report from 2015, the new report, “Boosting the Boardroom’s Technology Expertise – Focus on Banking,” is based on an analysis of the professional backgrounds of nearly 2,000 directors of
more than 100 of the world’s largest banks by assets. It finds that while banks are ramping up their technology investments to keep pace with changing consumer demands ― such as the growing need
for digital interaction and remote working as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic ― their boards of directors lack the technology expertise to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of their
“Much of the disruption brought about by the pandemic has led to a rapid shift within banking to more digital touchpoints, requiring speedy technology investments,” said Mauro Macchi, who leads Accenture Strategy & Consulting in Europe. “Banks that are accelerating their cloud adoption to better manage change would benefit
from a board with technology experience that can help ensure that technology investments are compatible across various business units.”
According to the report, Accenture recommends that 25% of banks’ board directors should have technology experience. While the world’s largest banks have made progress on adding technology
experience in the boardroom ― which Accenture defines as executives holding or having held senior technology positions at a company or senior responsibilities at a technology firm ― that progress
has been slow.
For instance, only 10% of all board directors, as well as 10% of the CEOs on the boards, evaluated for the report have professional technology experience, up just 4 and 6 percentage points,
respectively, from five years ago. In addition, the number of banks whose board has at least one member with professional technology experience has increased only 10 percentage points in the past
five years, from 57% to 67% ― meaning that one-third of banks still have no board members with professional technology experience.