Peter Lacy is the Global Managing Director of Growth, Strategy & Sustainability with Accenture Strategy.
Peter Lacy is managing director for Growth & Strategy and Sustainability Services within Accenture Strategy and is part of its Leadership Team. He is also a member of Accenture’s Global Leadership Council, and leads Accenture’s relationship with the World Economic Forum and the Digital Transformation of Industries program.
His role focuses on strategy development, offering development, innovation centers and mergers and acquisitions (M&As). Lacy is a world authority on sustainability in areas such as circular economy, stakeholder management and trust issues in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, mining, energy and consumer goods.
He works with the CEOs and senior management of a range of Fortune 500 companies, including the United Nations, the European Union and public sector organizations. He specializes in growth and strategy, with a strong focus on environmental, social, governance and ethics issues. Prior to consulting he spent several years working in the dotcom industry.
Previously, Lacy worked for McKinsey and Company and the think tank, the Academy of Business in Society, where he was founding executive director. His career has involved time living and working in the United Kingdom, Latin America, Europe and China, where he most recently led Accenture Strategy's Asia Pacific cross-industry strategy team.
Lacy chairs various taskforces at the World Economic Forum, and he founded the YGL Taskforce on Circular Economy and the WEF YGL Circular Economy Awards. He has led the world's largest study on CEO attitudes to sustainability for the United Nations' Secretary General four times, and he was a founding signatory of the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education.
Lacy is a Business Fellow at Oxford University. He is an alumnus of full-time and executive programs at INSEAD, Harvard, Yale, Cambridge and Nottingham and is a Business Fellow at Oxford University. He is based in London. His latest book “Waste to Wealth – the Circular Economy Advantage” is published by Palgrave in 7 languages and is an Amazon best seller.
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