Our Business

Adam Warby
Adam Warby
Chief Executive Officer

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Adam works closely with the Avanade Board of Directors and his leadership team to realise our mission of making a genuine impact on our clients and their customers through solutions based on the Microsoft platform.

Adam joined Avanade at its inception in April, 2000, and as one of the founding members, was instrumental in building the company and shaping its culture. A senior leader, Adam has significant experience managing and growing Avanade’s business operations, having served as General Manager and Senior Vice President for the company’s North American and European operations during his tenure. As Executive Vice President, he has also led Avanade’s worldwide sales and marketing teams, and set the vision and direction for Avanade solutions.

A true global citizen, Adam has lived in both Europe and North America, and has frequently traveled the globe visiting Avanade clients and regional offices.

Adam came to Avanade from Microsoft, where he was General Manager of the Midwest District, responsible for sales and support of Microsoft software throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Prior to this position, he was General Manager of Microsoft's Enterprise Services, responsible for implementing the strategy and plans for Microsoft's direct and partner services organisations focused on enterprise customers. 

Adam earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London.

Ken Guthrie
Ken Guthrie
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Ken Guthrie holds dual roles at Avanade: Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. As CFO, Ken is responsible for all of Avanade’s investment strategy and management, as well as its financial operations, including accounting, budgeting, tax, internal audit, financial planning and treasury. As COO, he is responsible for the company’s operating performance and global business operations.

Ken joined Avanade in 2012 after a 19-year career at Accenture, where he was a senior executive focusing on client financial management, program management, business operations and negotiation/commercial disciplines. For the last 5 years at Accenture, he was the Director of Operations and Finance for Accenture’s $2 billion Resources North America operating group.

Ken is a graduate of Arizona State University.

Bob Bruns
Bob Bruns
Chief Information & Security Officer

As Avanade Chief Information & Security Officer, Bob Bruns is responsible for Avanade’s internal enterprise technology and for delivering the technology capabilities that power the company’s people and operations worldwide. In addition, he is responsible for Avanade information security, client data protection, incident management, asset protection, and business continuity programmes. As CI&SO, Bob and his teams work with clients to ensure we meet their information security obligations.

Previously Bob was Vice President of Infrastructure Services and Global Operations, accountable for delivery of Avanade’s enterprise infrastructure services worldwide, including security, end-user enablement, collaboration, hosting and network services. Earlier in his career, he spent 14 years with Accenture, serving as Director of Unified Communications & Collaboration Services.

Bob holds a degree in Information Decision Science from the University of Illinois, as well as advanced leadership programme certifications from the Foster School of Business, University of Washington, and the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley.

Stella Goulet
Stella Goulet
Chief Marketing Officer

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As CMO, Stella Goulet leads Avanade’s marketing strategy and award-winning global marketing team. She is responsible for guiding the company’s image and market development through a period of high growth and significant change in the IT industry as businesses become increasingly digital. She is Avanade’s first CMO and a member of its executive leadership team.

In her career, Stella has covered every marketing aspect of a business-to-business services firm: packaging and promoting solutions, field marketing, content and thought leadership development, branding, advertising, digital marketing, media and analyst relations, and marketing for major acquisitions.

She is a member of Forrester’s CMO Group and has served on the Information Technology Services Marketing Association (ITSMA) Advisory Board. Stella speaks and writes on a variety of marketing-related topics that focus on helping grow profitable businesses in the digital world. These include client experience, the CMO-CIO relationship, digital marketing, agile marketing and the role of artificial intelligence in marketing.

A strong proponent of diversity in the IT industry, she is executive sponsor of Avanade’s Prism Employee Resource Group (LGBT + inclusion), and is involved in activities designed to encourage girls and young women to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Stella holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar.

David Oskandy
David Oskandy
General Counsel and Secretary

David leads the company's global legal group and serves as principal legal advisor to Avanade’s executive leadership and board of directors. He also serves as corporate secretary to the board of directors and contributes to Avanade’s overall strategy as a member of its executive leadership team. 

David came to Avanade from Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company where he was Associate General Counsel of Global Commercial Operations responsible for legal aspects of the company’s global commercial operations. Previously, he held legal leadership roles at Honeywell, where he served as Vice President and General Counsel for Latin America and Canada, and Andersen Worldwide, where he served as Global Lead Counsel for Business Consulting and Global Lead Counsel for Expansions. 

David holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Northwestern University

Ashish Kumar
Ashish Kumar
Chief Growth Officer and Digital Lead

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As Chief Growth Officer, Ashish Kumar is responsible for driving strategic and operational initiatives to accelerate Avanade’s growth. He is also responsible for Avanade’s Digital offerings. Ashish oversees the global departments for sales, alliances, innovation, industry and strategy.

From 2008 to 2013, Ashish was President, Europe, Africa and Latin America. He joined Avanade at its inception as Chief Technology Officer and served in this role from 2000 to 2008. During his tenure, he established Avanade’s global delivery capability in India and the Philippines.

Prior to Avanade, Ashish was general manager of Microsoft’s Industry Solutions Group, a consulting unit that delivered the first generation of Microsoft-based enterprize-scale solutions across vertical markets. Ashish started his career in database product engineering at Digital Equipment Corporation.

A recognized leader in IT, Ashish has been named one of the 25 Most Influential CTOs by InfoWorld magazine and one of ComputerWorld magazine’s Top 100 IT Professionals.

Ashish holds a Bachelor's degree in computer science from Imperial College, University of London, and a master's degree in computer science from the University of Florida.

Ian Jordan
Ian Jordan
Executive, Avanade Client Experience and Global Advisory Practice

As Executive, Avanade Client Experience, Ian is responsible for creating a unique approach for our clients as we work together to help them realise results. As part of this role, he is driving the development of Avanade’s global advisory practice, centred on the agendas of IT modernisation, business productivity and the transformation to cloud and digital technologies.

Previously Ian was president of Avanade’s Growth Markets, responsible for business operations in Australia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.

Ian has held a number of leadership posts at Avanade, including responsibility for Avanade’s sales, marketing, alliances, innovation and industry focuses. Prior to that, he led Avanade’s UK region. Ian has more than 25 years in technology, consulting, outsourcing and local professional services businesses in the UK, US and Europe, including a number of leadership roles at Capgemini.

Ian holds a combined honours degree in Environmental Science from the University of Exeter, a postgraduate degree from St. Luke’s College and a diploma in Computer Science.

Bernie Neville
Bernie Neville
Executive, Global Business Management

Bernie Neville leads Avanade’s Global Business Management organisation. She is responsible for managing the company operating system, which includes oversight of strategy implementation and management of key leadership forums. In addition, Bernie works across all business units and functions to drive continuous improvement and simplification of business activities to improve performance and effectiveness.

Previously Bernie served as Europe’s chief operating officer, responsible for executing Avanade’s strategy and operational excellence across all European regions, as well as managing Avanade’s expansion into Brazil and South Africa. Earlier in her Avanade career, Bernie held a number of global and European roles focused on geographic expansion, enterprise process and systems implementation, alliance management and business operations management.

In addition to her 15 years with Avanade, Bernie spent 10 years at Andersen Consulting (Accenture) as a process and technology consulting advisor working with clients in the UK, Ireland, France and Latin America to implement business solutions to drive improved business performance and growth.

Bernie holds a business degree from University College Dublin.

Rich Stern
Rich Stern
Executive, Modern IT Market Unit

Executive Rich Stern has responsibility for the growth, market leadership and delivery of offerings in Avanade’s Modern IT Market Unit. In addition, he is responsible for Avanade’s cloud platforms, services and offerings business, helping our clients leverage the advantages of the cloud.

Previously he served as the global lead responsible for coordinating and guiding the effective execution of Avanade strategy across its digital, cloud, technology services and business applications portfolios. Earlier, he led Avanade’s global Technology Infrastructure organsation and served as the Workplace Transformation Services global lead, helping companies transform their workplace environments through the strategic use of the latest technologies, processes and delivery models. Rich also has held a number of leadership roles in sales and technology delivery.

Rich came to Avanade from Hewlett-Packard and spent six years at Microsoft as general manager of the Industry Solutions Group. Rich holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Saint John's University.

Our Geographies

Darren Hardman
President, Europe and General Manager, United Kingdom

As President, Europe, Darren Hardman is responsible for directing strategy and operations across Avanade Europe’s 13 geographies. Darren holds a duel role, also serving as General Manager of the UK, a post he has held since 2016. Prior to his current position, Darren was Chief Operating Officer of Avanade’s North America Area, responsible for developing and executing the North America business strategy, including sales, organisational strategy and core business functions.

Earlier in his Avanade career, Darren was Global Senior Vice President, Sales, introducing a global customer segmentation taxonomy, a uniform planning process, a single global sales cycle process and structured account management. Prior to joining Avanade, Darren spent more than 15 years at Accenture, most recently as a senior executive within the Technology Growth Platform.

Darren holds a degree in Econometrics (Economics & Mathematics) from the University of Nottingham, U.K., and an MBA with Distinction from Imperial College London, U.K.

Anna Di Silverio
President, Growth Markets

Anna Di Silverio, president of Growth Markets, is responsible for Avanade’s accelerated growth and business operations in Australia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.

Previously Anna served as Growth Markets’ chief operating officer, responsible for executing Avanade’s strategy and operational excellence across all Growth Markets regions. Earlier in her Avanade career, she was general manager of Avanade Italy. Under her leadership, the Italy region consistently delivered year-on-year double-digit growth, driven by Anna’s commitment to building a high-performing team and diverse workforce; a strong collaborative partnership with Accenture and Microsoft; and a relentless focus on helping Avanade clients realise results, attributes she brings to all subsequent roles.

Anna has 15 years of Microsoft experience, holding different roles and responsibilities in the areas of services and sales, most recently as Microsoft Services Director and as Public Sector Director. She began her career as a networking architecture researcher in the Computer Sciences Department of the University of Pisa. Earlier in her career, she was a software architect.

Anna holds a degree in computer sciences from the University of Pisa.

Dave Seybold
Dave Seybold
President, North America

As President, North America, Dave Seybold is responsible for guiding the sales, delivery and operations of Avanade's largest business. Working closely with the United States and Canada leadership team, Dave is responsible for delivering consistent, high-quality results for Avanade's North American clients.

Dave joined Avanade as global Chief Operating Officer in 2015 and, as part of his role, was the executive sponsor for Microsoft Dynamics, one of the fastest growing segments in the Microsoft portfolio. Dave has a deep understanding of the business and market opportunities we have in the market. Prior to Avanade, Dave spent more than 25 years with IBM as a systems engineer, consultant, partner and leader in Global Business Services.

He holds a BS in Quantitative Analysis and a BA in Economics from Penn State University, an MS in Operations Research and an MBA from the University of Maryland, Smith School of Business.

Our Innovation

Tyson Hartman
Tyson Hartman
Platforms, Services & Offerings

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Tyson Hartman guides the vision and development of Avanade offerings across the spectrum of company innovation, with a focus on digital, cloud, technology services and business applications. Across these areas, Tyson also drives development of “as-a-service” offerings and managed services as part of Avanade’s platform growth strategy. In addition, Tyson is co-executive lead of Avanade’s global talent community program, which supports development of Avanade’s 27,000 global professionals.
Tyson, who joined Avanade when it first launched in June 2000, previously led Avanade’s Global Service Lines organisation. Earlier he served as Chief Technology Officer at the beginning of the cloud and digital revolutions, and as Avanade’s Global Customer Executive with Microsoft. Previously, Tyson was with Accenture, where he focused on ecommerce and high-volume online transaction processing systems in the high-tech, communications and consumer products industries. 

Tyson has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California. 

Raghavan Iyer
Raghavan Iyer
Global Delivery Network Lead

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Raghavan Iyer has more than 22 years of experience in the IT sector and has held leadership positions in companies such as Honeywell, Syntel and Accenture prior to joining Avanade in 2010.

Raghavan currently leads Avanade’s Global Delivery Network, overseeing more than 20,000 professionals across the world.

During his tenure at Accenture, Raghavan played a key role in setting up and establishing Accenture’s outsourcing practice in India, as well as setting up the Life Sciences practice under the Products operating group and eventually leading outsourcing delivery for both the Products and Health and Public Service operating groups. He has a strong process orientation and expertise in program management, package implementation, rollout and support, and managing large portfolios, while working both onshore and offshore.

Raghavan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai, as well as additional certifications, including Project Management Professional, Six Sigma Greenbelt and Design For Six Sigma

Regional leadership

Sarah Adam-Gedge
Managing Director and Corporate Vice President

As Managing Director of Avanade Australia, Sarah leads an innovative consulting team dedicated to solving complex business issues for clients using the leading technologies of the Microsoft ecosystem.

Sarah’s experience with services, digital and technology businesses, as well as leading strategic growth, acquisition and transformation programmes has provided the opportunity to work with many high profile and iconic clients across most market segments and many industries. She recently moved to lead Avanade from IBM where she held several executive roles across many countries spanning Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Latin America, and at the highest levels of Country, Service-line and Industry leadership. Prior to IBM, Sarah was a Partner at PwC.

Sarah is passionate about people, and builds organisational capabilities from graduate programmes to leaders. She enjoys working with collaborative and open teams, where communication and engagement are truly valued. She is an active mentor, and Executive Sponsor of Diversity and Inclusion programmes. Sought out as a speaker she is a frequent presenter on topics reaching across Industry (CEDA); Leadership (MBS, AICD); and Diversity and Inclusion (Women in Technology), as well as participating in media and analyst briefings.

Sarah has a Bachelor of Business, is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of AICD. She is a Non-Executive Director of Ovarian Cancer Australia.

Born in New Zealand, Sarah has lived in many cities in across Asia Pacific, and has three healthy and energetic children. She enjoys her other interests with her family including travel, sport, tennis, and antiques.

Paul Beaumont
Vice President, Capability Lead

Paul joined Avanade in 2001 and has 20 years of experience of consulting and leadership experience within the Microsoft ecosystem across the UK and Australian markets.

He has held numerous roles within Avanade covering sales, delivery and business leadership. Prior to his current role of Digital Lead Paul led Avanade’s Infrastructure business in both Australia and APAC.

Before joining Avanade, Paul worked for a global IT service provider and also worked client side within the Products industry.

He studied at Sheffield Hallam University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

Outside of work Paul likes to spend time with his wife and two young children, reading, watching professional and amateur soccer, running and trying to improve his cooking skills.

Guhan Bala
Chief Operating Officer

Guhan joined Avanade in January 2016 and holds over 20 years consulting experience encompassing practice management with P&L responsibility, business development, program/project management of large SI implementations and supply chain transformation.

Guhan has held senior executive roles for organisations such as TechnologyOne Corporation (most recent) and PwC Consulting where he led local, regional and international teams. He has over 10 years’ experience in the oil industry having worked for Caltex in Australia and internationally where his work included various management positions.

Guhan’s interests include travel, sport (AFL & Cricket) and family.

Kevin Gunasekera
Kevin Gunasekera
Finance Director

As Finance Director, Kevin is responsible for Avanade’s accounting and finance operations function for Australia.   Joining Avanade in 2011, Kevin had prior experience of over 10 years in finance, commercial and pricing experience in software and IT outsourcing sectors. He has held Country and Area roles providing support to operations in Australia, pan-Asia and Japan with CSC, Oracle Corporation and Adobe Systems. Kevin has a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts from Monash University, Victoria – along with a Graduate Diploma in Accounting and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

Caroline Evans
Caroline Evans
Senior Legal Council

With an impressive background that extends beyond General Counsel to a variety of Program, Integration, Risk and Transformation roles, Caroline brings an unusual level of depth in commercial experience, and an understanding of business requirements and realities.

In 2008, Caroline established a successful consultancy (Caroline Evans Legal) with immediate and repeat business from small through to significant Melbourne-based corporations providing legal advice across a range of commercial, technology, IP and corporate issues. Also during this time, Caroline joined Energy Australia where she held numerous positions including Head of Legal, Program Director and Manager- IT Strategy and Controls.

Based in Melbourne, Caroline is a mother to 18 month old Henry and a very passionate cook, having studied cooking in Europe and worked as a baker. She has also performed restaurant judging for annual industry awards and is currently studying a Masters of Gastronomic Tourism.

Sandy Abrahams
Sandy Abrahams
Vice President, Technology Services

Sandy leads the Australian Service Lines and joined Avanade in 2015. Sandy is responsible for a team of over 200 people who deliver innovative Microsoft solutions for clients. Sandy’s previous roles include CIO at Helly Hansen, where she was instrumental in transforming Helly Hansen’s collaboration and communication environment through the implementation of Office365, Sharepoint On-line and Lync Enterprise Voice. In addition to her experience as a CIO, she has also spent many years in technology consulting, assisting organisations achieve greater business value through technology solutions. Sandy graduated from Monash University in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Computing). In her spare time Sandy can be found either spending time with her family or keeping fit by playing squash, running or downhill skiing.

Stephen McNulty
Executive, Sales Management

Stephen McNulty leads Avanade’s Managed Services business in Australia, a role he assumed in 2014. Since 2001 Stephen has performed as a valued member of the Avanade team across many technical disciplines and Sales. He has a Master’s in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Queen’s University of Belfast. Stephen’s other interests are primarily in the Arts. He’s dabbled in music criticism, chaired his university’s film theatre, and helped start up an online music magazine. He’s a sports tragic (according to his wife), he likes to grow his own vegetables and will always have a good book on the go.

Eugene Belilovsky
Eugene Belilovsky
Vice President, Advisory Services

Eugene joined Avanade Australia in May 2016 as Vice President, Advisory Services. In this role, he is responsible for a diverse and talented group of digital strategists, creatives and technologists who are passionate about helping our clients succeed in the digital age. Prior to Avanade, Eugene worked with a global management consultancy with a focus on strategy, innovation and customer centric transformation programs. Eugene studied at the University of Melbourne with degrees in Commerce and Information Systems. Outside of work, Eugene’s kept busy with his two sons, a passion for travelling and keeping fit.

Debra Underwood
Marketing Lead, Australia

Debra (Deb) is the Marketing Lead for Avanade Australia and is responsible for their Brand, Communications and Marketing activities. Deb joined Avanade in 2014 after gaining significant services and technology marketing experience through over 14 years in the Big 4 Professional services environment.

The success that Deb has achieved through her career has come from her focus on and commitment to clients. She believes strongly in the value of her network and has worked hard to maintain relationships and ensure those connections are mutually beneficial. She is passionate about people; Diversity and Inclusion and, of course, the Avanade orange!

Deb holds a Masters of Marketing (RMIT); Grad Dip in Industrial Relations (University of Melbourne); Grad Dip in Business ,Accounting (Holmesglen Tafe) ; and Bachelor of Arts, Psychology & History (Flinders University).

Mark Roworth
Senior Director, Digital

Mark joined Avanade in January 2017 as a Senior Director across our Digital business as the National lead for Digital Customer offerings. Mark is focused on helping business leaders to drive improved business outcomes through a re-imagined customer experience that incorporates all areas of customer engagement including sales, marketing analytics, customer insights, campaign and content management and eCommerce.

Driving Digital maturity and improving customer experience is not something new to Mark. He has a career that has spanned more than two decades in the consulting and sports industries and has worked with an extensive range of clients, assisting them to navigate through complex transformation activities driven by a need to modernise their business in response to customer expectations, changes to their buying behaviour as well as the impact of business growth demands in a highly competitive consumer market. As an outcome, Mark is focused on the major areas of Digital from the web, design experience, sales processes, eCommerce, data, media, mobile and digital marketing.

Outside of work, Mark is as passionate about his family as he is about his work. He has two children who keep him busy on the weekends however he makes time for the sport he loves, cycling and training whenever he can to stay fit and healthy.

Matt Hallewell
Matt Hallewell
Executive, Cloud Market Unit Lead

Matt joined Avanade in 2003 and has more than 20 years of consulting, business leadership and IT transformation experience focused primarily on Microsoft based technology transformations.

He has held numerous positions at Avanade including program delivery, IT architecture, account management, strategy development and people leadership. Prior to Avanade, Matt held senior positions at Hewlett Packard and prior to that, worked at various UK financial institutions, supporting their trading systems.

Matt’s interests include participating in triathlons, snow-boarding and spending time with his wife and two children.

Lourens Swanepoel
Lourens Swanepoel
Market Unit Lead, Digital

Lourens moved across from Accenture Technology Consulting to Avanade as one of the Avanade South Africa founding team 5 years ago where Lourens performed various roles including leading the Infrastructure, CRM and Collaboration Service Lines, CTIO and currently Market Unite lead for both Digital and Cloud.

Lourens started his career in technology with an open source start-up, building custom open-source solutions for the financial services and automotive industry backed with global Venture Capital funding, then moved on to work with various global technology companies before joining Accenture and Avanade.

He holds a bachelor of commerce majoring in Management and Economics, as well as various industry qualifications.

Lourens is passionate about building successful teams and harnessing the potential of technology to change things for the better.

He spends his spare time on very “un-digital” pursuits such as furthering his studies, and spending quality time in the outdoors with his wife and two boys.

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