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Krannert Executive Forum - Andre Hughes

Andre Hughes

Andre Hughes

Powered by Action

Andre Hughes is the founder of Powered by Action (PbyA). Powered by Action’s mission is to unite partners that will help developing and distressed communities become self-sufficient. PbyA believes lasting change comes through love for our neighbor, a collaborative call to serve, innovation and the will to act.

Andre is also the Chairman of C3 Venture Group LLC, and Chairman and Co-Owner of BigMarker, a company focused on making help and knowledge more accessible. Andre is a founding Partner of Accenture, a management consulting firm with over 290,000 employees worldwide and over $29 billion in annual revenues. Andre was the Accenture Managing Director responsible for evaluating strategic growth initiatives that can substantially fuel growth. Andre evaluated strategic partnerships and ventures, along with assessing which new companies to launch or acquire.

Previously, Andre Hughes was the Global Managing Director of a business venture with Cisco, the Accenture Cisco Business Group. Launched as a virtual entity in February 2009, this practice area experienced accelerated growth, including $1.5 billion in net new sales within the first 26 months of operations.

Andre was the visionary leader of Accenture’s Human Capital, Inclusion and Diversity, and Corporate Citizenship actions and results in the US. In this role, he led a team and strategy committed to developing globally responsible leaders and shaping proactive strategies that improved human capital effectiveness.

An innovator, Andre accelerated as a Partner by identifying a new market that focused on Transformational opportunities in the Telecommunications market place. As part of his five-year tenure as the Founder and Global Managing Partner of the Network Service Line of Business, Andre and his team grew this practice to more than $640 million in annual revenue within the first 4 years of business launch.

Andre was the Communications & High Tech North America Managing Partner for Consulting, where he directed business strategy, and market development initiatives focused on growth.

Andre serves or has served on the following Boards: the Accenture Foundation; the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago; the Krannert School of Management – Business Opportunity Program, Purdue University; the Chicago Urban League; Thurgood Marshall College Fund; and the Presidential Council for Economic Growth and Development in Haiti. In addition, he is an adviser to the Women’s Vision Foundation in Denver, and is an advisor to Teen Living in Chicago. Recently, he founded Powered by Action – a global nonprofit organization focused on building distressed and developing communities to self-sufficiency.

Personally, Andre enjoys gardening and spending time with his family. He is an alumnus of both Purdue University and the University of Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Engineering and MBA in Finance respectively.