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Chief Human Resources Officer

Shirley Adams
Chief Human Resources Officer

Post Graduate Diploma in Business French & German

Joint Honours Degree in French & German
Durham University


Member of CIPD – Future of the Profession Network

Accenture Learning – participant and faculty


  Shirley Adams is Chief Human Resources Officer at AECOM (NYSE:ACM), the world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm delivering professional services across the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to program and construction management.

In this role, Ms. Adams is responsible for all Human Resources services globally. Her areas of responsibility include talent acquisition, management and executive development, employee relations and training, performance management, diversity, organization planning and effectiveness, and the company’s performance-appraisal processes. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team driving the people transformation program for the global enterprise.

Previously, Ms. Adams served as AECOM’s Senior Vice Present of Human Resources for its Europe, Middle East and Africa geography. Prior to joining AECOM in 2016, she held several roles during her tenure at Accenture, including Head of Global Geographic HR Operations, HR Managing Director of Accenture’s Global Management Consulting business and Global HR Business Partner.

Ms. Adams holds a Joint Honours Degree in French & German from Durham University and received a Post Graduate Diploma in Business French & German. While at Accenture, she was a participant and faculty member in the company’s leadership development programs. She has lived and worked internationally and is currently based in London.

On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, energy and the environment, AECOM’s public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical expertise and innovation, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.3 billion in fiscal year 2021. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM.