Q&A: A conversation with David Rouls, general manager of Slalom Detroit
As Slalom opens its doors in Detroit, we spoke with David Rouls, the office’s general manager, about his passion for creating local Detroit jobs, what he means by the “Detroit Renaissance,” and how the city is getting its swagger back.
Tell us a bit about your journey before joining Slalom.
I spent over 25 years with Accenture. I started there right out of college and made full partner after 10 years. I had the privilege of service as a partner/managing director for over 15 years.
The bulk of my career was in the utility and energy industry. I led Accenture’s global smart grid business, which was one of our very few corporate-wide initiatives. We grew it from about $5M to a global practice of $450 million in 25 countries, which is something I’m very proud of.
Most of my client experience was leading multi-year transformation programs that included major technology deployments, operating model changes, organization effectiveness, and business process changes. I was also in our sales organization where I led our big deal program.
What led to your decision to join Slalom?
I've been asked that quite a bit, as you might imagine, since my career at Accenture was in full swing. The two biggest reasons I chose Slalom were the strength of its local model and especially its people-first culture. Both of these things intersect nicely with its established track record of exceptional client service.
Also, Slalom offered me an opportunity to focus 100 percent on Detroit clients and creating Detroit jobs. After having traveled and worked all over the globe helping companies, I’m excited about building a team that could help create 500 Detroit jobs—right here. I want to help the Detroit people get and create jobs they love where, together, we can help our Detroit clients compete on a global scale.