Alight Solutions, a leading cloud-based provider of integrated digital human capital and business solutions, today announced that Cathinka Wahlstrom has been named president and chief commercial officer. Cathinka will be responsible for accelerating Alight’s growth strategy, leading all aspects of its commercial organization, including North America sales, strategic accounts, channels and partnerships and marketing. She will report to CEO Stephan Scholl.
“At a time when employers and their people are facing unique and unparalleled pressures, Alight is creating engaging solutions that connect companies with their people to drive better outcomes for both,” said Stephan Scholl, CEO of Alight. “Cathinka’s client-centered focus and growth mindset will be integral to advancing Alight’s strategic vision and bringing it to life for our more than 4,300 clients and their people.”
Cathinka joins Alight from Accenture where she served in various leadership roles for more than 26 years. Most recently she was the senior managing director of Accenture’s client accounts in North America, responsible for building and growing relationships with the world’s leading companies across all industries operating in the United States and Canada. Cathinka was also a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee, the primary governance group responsible for setting the firm’s global strategy and priorities. Before this role, Cathinka was the senior managing director of Accenture’s Financial Services business in North America, including the North America portion of Accenture’s $8B+ Financial Services practice.
“I have tremendous respect for Alight and I’m thrilled to join this market leading organization with such incredible opportunities ahead,” said Cathinka. “Amidst the shadow of the pandemic, Alight’s focus on providing integrated digital human capital solutions across health, wealth and wellbeing is more important than ever before. I look forward to growing this world-class organization as we continue to look for opportunities to better serve our clients, including through collaboration with great companies like Accenture.”
Cathinka has also been on the forefront of mentoring, diversity and civic initiatives both professionally and within her community. She was the president of the Accenture Foundation; the Co-founder of the New York FinTech Innovation Labs; the executive sponsor responsible for providing executive coaching for organizations support by the Robin Hood Foundation, NYC’s largest poverty-fighting organization. Cathinka is an alumna of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program; a Business Council member of HERE to HERE, a Bronx-based nonprofit organization; and a Board member of the New York City Ballet.