Shahid Ahmed is a managing director with Accenture, where he leads the North America Communications industry business. In this role, Shahid helps telecommunications clients build new capabilities, operate more efficiently, and drive new growth. He is also responsible for the Network practice in North America. During his 18-year tenure at Accenture, Shahid has been involved in creating many practices, including the formation of the Wireless Practice and helping to start the Accenture Cisco Business Group.
Prior to joining Accenture, Shahid held several management positions at Sprint (Centel), where he rolled out and expanded Sprint's cellular services in North America. Shahid was also responsible for rolling out the first cellular digital packet data (CDPD) capability in the US.
Shahid is an active member of several wireless industry groups. He currently serves on multiple advisory boards, including the Smart Network Council, Cellular Telecommunication and Internet Association (CTIA), the Northwestern University Masters in Engineering Management (MEM) Program, and The Coral Group. Shahid is also a board member of Chicago Sinfonietta - a symphony founded in 1987 to promote diversity, inclusion, and innovation in classical music.
In February 2011, Shahid was appointed as an advisor to the Federal Communications Commission Technical Advisory Council, advising the FCC chairman on technology issues facing the United States. Shahid was chairman of the M2M working group and currently chairs the COTS working group.
Shahid holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Elmhurst College and a Masters in Engineering Management from Northwestern University. He resides in Chicago.