In many ways, the DNA of Accenture — a global management consulting and professional services firm — and the personality of its country managing director Azwan Baharuddin mirror one another. Both are vibrant, technology-driven and always up for a challenge. Azwan who assumed the role last year has an infectiously energetic vibe about him. He speaks with such gusto that can only be indicative of a man who thoroughly enjoys what he does.
I quickly learn that this zest for life extends beyond work, and I come to understand this better as Azwan shares a harrowing experience that changed his outlook on life. Just before moving to Accenture, a serious bout of dengue fever left him in an induced coma for two weeks, which he awoke from only to be hit by a multi-drug-resistant superbug. “The doctors had told my family to take me home as there was nothing else they could do. But by some miracle, I began to recover after spending four months in a hospital bed.”
Interestingly he says it was work that drew him to recovery. “It gave me a focus and I wanted to travel again,” he explains.
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