CEO Pamela Maynard believes Avanade’s purpose is to make a genuine human impact. She is committed to Avanade’s vision: to be the leading digital innovator, creating great experiences as we realise results for our clients and their customers through the power of people and the Microsoft ecosystem. She says three of the most important things she does are to make sure our clients are successful on their digital journeys, ensure we stay on the pulse of the next wave of technology, and make sure our Avanade team feels inspired, confident and cared for.
Before being named CEO in September 2019, Pamela was President of Product and Innovation, focused on defining and delivering innovative solutions for our clients. Earlier in her Avanade career she was President of our European organisation after serving as General Manager of Avanade UK.
Pamela is a passionate supporter of diversity and inclusion and is the executive sponsor of our Women’s Employee Resource Group, which inspires women and empowers connections to drive personal and professional growth and innovation. She also is executive sponsor of our Technology for Social Good initiative, through which we bring the power of our cloud and digital technology skills and expertise to non-profit organisations, digitally transforming their work and accelerating their social impact.
Pamela draws inspiration from the varied backgrounds and cultures she encounters as she travels the world. When she is not meeting with clients or inspiring our teams, you will find her enjoying time with family and friends.
As COO, Ken Guthrie 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, programme 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.
As Chief Financial Officer, Sonia Webb is responsible for Avanade’s global investment strategy and management, as well as its financial operations, including accounting, budgeting, tax, internal audit, financial planning and treasury.
Sonia joined Avanade in July 2019 as Global Finance Lead bringing 25+ years of experience, including 22 years with Accenture. At Accenture she most recently had served as Finance Director, North America, where she drove strategic financial priorities across the company’s largest market. Previously she was Finance Director for Accenture’s Communications, Media & Technology business in North America and earlier, a member of the Corporate Development Transaction Services team, where she provided critical financial deal shaping guidance across a variety of industries and offerings.
Sonia holds an MBA in finance and accounting and degree in economics. An avid horseback rider, when she isn’t working, you’ll find her out in nature with her family.
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.
As Chief Human Resources Officer, Dave Gartenberg is responsible for the strategic direction of all aspects of Avanade’s people management, including training and development, performance management and succession planning. He also plays a key role in helping to enhance the employee experience and advance Avanade as a digital workplace.
Dave comes to Avanade from Slalom, where he was the CHRO for the past four years during a period of high growth. Dave began his career as an economic analyst, before shifting direction to organisational effectiveness. Earlier in his career, he spent 13 years at Microsoft in a variety of roles, including HR general manager of the company’s Customer Services and Support organisation.
Dave holds an MBA with a concentration in organisational behaviour.
As Chief Growth Officer, Craig Gorsline is responsible for driving the Avanade strategy end to end across our business. As part of his portfolio, Craig leads strategy development and execution, global sales, our industry programs and ecosystem development, innovation and product incubation, as well as emerging technology and client experience. Integral to that work is his global leadership responsibility for Avanade Advisory and his work with Accenture and Microsoft to align Avanade’s focus on innovation and emerging technologies around the world.
Previously Craig was President, Co-CEO and Chief Commercial Officer of ThoughtWorks, a global technology firm with a digital engineering focus, where he was accountable for driving revenues of more than $500 million in technology and consulting services. Prior to ThoughtWorks, Craig spent time as a senior executive at JPMorganChase in the Treasury Services Technology Group, as well as with a boutique technology consulting firm in Canada.
Craig holds a degree in criminology and psychology from Simon Fraser University and an MBA in digital technologies from Royal Roads University.
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.
Avanade General Counsel Bob Malone comes to Avanade from a 20-year career at Accenture, where he has had a broad portfolio of leadership roles, including co-leading the North America Contracting team within the Accenture Legal group.
Before joining Avanade Bob also served as director of legal services for Accenture’s Products Operating Group and as global post-merger integration contracting lead. Bob well understands Avanade’s technology-focused culture. Before moving into law, he began his career as a systems engineer for Electronic Data Systems, developing large-scale systems for government clients.
Bob holds a law degree from St. Louis University School of Law, an MBA from St. Louis University John Cook School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
Gord Mawhinney leads Avanade’s global Business Applications organisation, which includes responsibility for the clients, strategy and teams focused on the company’s finance and operations (ERP), customer engagement (CRM) and digital marketing offerings.
Gord has nearly three decades of leadership experience, from early-career technical, consulting, sales, delivery and management positions with companies such as IBM to an entrepreneurial career building award-winning business application software and professional services companies. Before joining Avanade, he most recently served as CEO of Long View Systems, a hybrid IT company. Gord has also served on several nonprofit boards, including the Entrepreneurs Organisation and the Young Presidents Organisation and is engaged with technology-focused venture capital work as well.
Gord is a focused lifelong learner, most recently completing a master’s degree in leadership from Royal Roads University and his ICD-D designation with the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Eric Miquelon has responsibility for Avanade’s global solutions and delivery, as well as Avanade’s Applications & Infrastructure business. As part of his portfolio, he leads our Solutions and Delivery Management organisation, our network of digital innovation studios, and manages our partner ecosystem. Eric and his teams work with organisations to transform their businesses, using the latest modern software engineering approaches and cloud architectures. At the heart of this business is Modern Application Transformation, which delivers reimagined application development, application modernisation and managed services.
Eric joined Avanade from Accenture more than 15 years ago. He has had an extensive Avanade career that spans client-facing, business leadership and partner management roles. Prior to his current role, Eric served as Chief Operating Officer of Avanade Europe. He started his Avanade career by leading client deliveries, focused on developing and integrating complex business systems.
Florin Rotar leads the strategy and execution of Avanade’s global Modern Workplace business, where we reimagine and redefine the workplace as a creator of sustainable business value, and Accenture's Microsoft Business Group (AMBG) business in the areas of Digital Workplace and Workplace Experience.
Curious by nature and a technologist by trade ever since he wrote his first program on a Commodore 64 as a child, Florin was the company’s first Chief Technology Innovation Officer. He has had key roles leading Avanade’s Digital Market Unit globally, and establishing and growing Avanade’s business in the UK and the Nordic region, both as a senior practitioner and as a leader. His early career was with Accenture, Procter & Gamble and as a start-up entrepreneur.
Florin is a world citizen, having spent most of his adult life working in five European capitals. He and his family now call Seattle home.
Simon Thomas leads Avanade’s global data and applied intelligence (AI) business, which harnesses the combined power of AI, analytics and intelligent automation to help our clients apply data-driven intelligence into everything they do. Avanade’s data and AI group encompasses data platform modernisation, intelligent industry solutions and intelligent automation.
Simon joins Avanade from IBM where he held regional and global leadership roles in the areas of CRM, business analytics, Digital, IoT and AI, driving sales, strategic growth and delivery excellence. In his most recent role, he was responsible for growing its AI and Cognitive Consulting practice. Prior to his AI work, Simon led business analytics for IBM’s growth regions and built the company’s digital consulting practice in Asia Pacific.
Simon began his career as a consultant and retains a passion for building and nurturing strong consulting practices that earn client trust and deliver value. Simon holds a degree in music, music production and engineering from Berklee College and a master of science in manufacturing engineering from Boston University.
Avanade CEO Emeritus Adam Warby was named to the role after serving as CEO from 2008 to 2019.
Adam joined Avanade as a founding member of the team in 2000. He became Avanade’s second CEO in September 2008, succeeding Mitch Hill, and has been instrumental in accelerating the rotation of the company to focus on digital, cloud and the rapid growth of the company’s direct business. Under his leadership, Avanade revenues have nearly tripled, from $0.9 billion in fiscal 2008 to $2.5 billion in fiscal 2018. The company has grown to 36,000 professionals and, with Accenture, comprises the largest group of Microsoft-skilled professionals in the world.
A true global citizen, during his tenure Adam helped expand the company’s footprint, adding seven new countries, for a total of 26 countries around the globe, and closing seven acquisitions to help fuel the company’s growth.
Adam is a vocal supporter of inclusion and diversity and was a driving force behind the creation of Avanade’s corporate citizenship mission to enable young people and their communities to achieve more through the power of digital innovation.
He is chairman of Junior Achievement Europe, chairman of the board of Heidrick & Struggles, and a member of the board of SimCorp. When he is working, you will most likely find him in an airport. If he isn’t, look for a tennis court or a ski slope.
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.
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.
As Executive General Manager Australia, Mac Ghani and his team are responsible for accelerating the growth of Avanade’s business in Australia and leading a team of more than 500+ professionals based in five offices: Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Before the appointment, Mac served as General Manager for Avanade’s business in Central Canada. In addition to his proven capability in building business momentum, Mac brings with him an expansive portfolio accumulated from his experience working with clients in the public sector, financial services and oil and gas industries.
Mac first joined Avanade in 2004 as a Capability Lead at the Canberra office, before moving to Avanade’s Melbourne office where he focused on clients which included some of Australia’s largest banks. In his role as Avanade Australia’s Chief Technology Officer, Mac focused on the application of innovative solutions and services on the Microsoft ecosystem, combined with bold, fresh thinking, to help Avanade’s clients realise business results. Mac subsequently took on the position of Malaysia Country Manager, where he demonstrated his capabilities in adapting quickly to the diversity of cultures and embracing an entrepreneurial mindset to drive the growth of Avanade’s business and its team in the country.
He has a graduate Masters in Business and Technology from the University of South Wales.
As the COO for Avanade Australia, Bernadette has the opportunity to bring experience across most elements of the business to support the success of Avanade clients and Avanade people.
Bernadette has had the opportunity to work with a diverse client base over her career both as a leader of large and diverse clients to leading teams with a portfolio of industries. This leadership has covered, Advisory, Sales and Delivery. This broad experience provides Bernadette to support our clients and teams in driving business outcomes and successful change. Bernadette is also the Executive Sponsor for the STEM community and the programs conducted in partnerships with Schools, Universities and industry bodies.
Working across Australia, Asia and Europe has provided the opportunity to work with organisations all over the world in Advisory and transformational engagements based on design-based thinking to drive strategic outcomes.
As a personal interest, Bernadette follows the impact of technology and how it shapes our future from a personal and environmental perspective.
Bernadette lives in Sydney with her family and enjoys time in nature outside of the office.
Carol Gobby is the Senior Sales Executive for Avanade Products Operating Group who works with consumer-related industries and some of Australia’s icon brands to help them grow and innovate.
Carol has more than 20 years’ experience in the information technology and services industry and returned to Avanade in January 2018. She is highly skilled in Business Development, Account Leadership, Partner Management, Enterprise Software, Customer Experience and Digital Transformation.
Carol is an Idea’s person, who believes that we can always improve and stretch our thinking to innovate and see ahead of the curve, both inside and outside our organisation. Enabling rapid change to shifting market landscapes, emerging technology and digital disruption.
Chris is the Modern Workplace Market Unit Lead for Avanade Australia. Where he and his team work as trusted advisors to help organisations modernise and move beyond the status quo of routine IT. By understanding the unique roadblocks they’re facing in their modern workplace journey, they work collaboratively to develop a new roadmap for achieving their objectives.
With nearly two decades in the IT industry, Chris is a passionate leader and focused around building successful teams. Chris prides himself on his ability to deliver results for clients by setting an agenda and keeping a project moving. As a thought leader and strategist in the Modern Workplace, he leverages his expertise to help organisations realise the full potential of their workplace and employee experience.
As our National OG Lead for Resources Sector, Corinna has returned to Avanade and leads the Resources Services team to continue building and expanding the Accenture, Microsoft and Avanade strategic alliance and help drive growth and customer advocacy for Australia’s leading mining and resources customers. Corinna believes in the lifetime value of customers and engaging with them as partners and brings over 20 years in Strategic Sales, Project Management and Operations Management roles within the Management Consulting and Technology, HR and Professional Services firms within Australia. Her client engagements and projects have been within Public and Health Sector, Financial Services, Retail and brings over 10+ years in resources and energy industry supporting customers such as BG Group, Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Arrow Energy, Origin, Energy Queensland and Powerlink.
Corinna’s background is developing and delivering business advisory services, digital technology solutions, ERP and large enterprise outsourcing solutions and enjoys helping customers navigate and embrace the next wave of digital disruption to customers globally, Australia and Asia. “Over a third of businesses don’t feel they are able to disrupt themselves in the face of digital change, I enjoy educating and helping customers navigate, plan to prepare their business practices and policies that will adapt to digital disruption without getting caught up in the hype”.
At home, Corinna enjoys spending time with her partner and teenage daughter, working on her 40 acre equine property, continuously learning the art of Classical Dressage and through Animal Rescue Queensland, fosters, rehabilitates and re-homes large bred dogs.
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.
David joins the Avanade Australia team following his previous role as Country Finance Manager for Avanade Canada. Prior to his Finance Lead role, he helped create the Sales Operations department for North America, and has great insight into sales operations and some of the operational challenges they experience. If you have time, ask David about his time as a self employed Canadian grain farmer and how this experience helped him to be successful in his career.
David joined the Australian Leadership Team on 1 April 2020. When asked about what he would like to achieve in the role and how he feels about moving to Australia, he responded "There are many things that I would like to achieve in this role, but at a high level, I would like to enhance the partnership between finance and leadership. Success would mean that finance operations, analytics, reporting, etc, are all geared towards providing the right information at the right time to the right people so that we make optimal business decisions. Moving to Australia? I’m really excited, but also terrified. I probably should not have read the internet article about the top 10 most dangerous wildlife in Australia."
On a personal level David and his wife Sara, are very social enjoying comedy clubs, theatre, jazz clubs, movies, nice restaurants, and bowling (at which he sucks). They are also really outdoorsy enjoying cycling and hiking. When not exploring they hit the gym whenever they can.
We know David will fit in well with our Australian family as he says "What I like most Avanade is the culture. Having worked in other organizations and industries, there truly is an entrepreneurial culture that sets Avanade apart and I find this exciting and inspiring. And, of course, the people are fantastic. I have made too many friends to count in my almost 15 years at Avanade. I used to describe myself as someone who rarely is impressed, but this hasn’t been true for a long time. On any given week, I can think of numerous examples where I have been truly blown away by the creativity, the effort, the intelligence, and ideas of people all around me. It’s really cool."
David will be situated in Sydney.
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.
Rachel is a deeply experienced IT executive currently leading Avanade's Applications and Infrastructure business in Australia. With 20+ years in consulting her experience stretches from strategy, implementation and service-based solutions, sourcing strategies and strategic partnerships.
A member of the Avanade Australia Leadership Team, her current role focuses on bringing businesses to the cloud and enabling digital experiences, through application transformation or Hybrid Cloud programs powered with rapid deployment leveraging DevOps & Agile. With a degree in Psychology Rachel also has natural strengths in team building and leadership. She is passionate in supporting the careers and progression of women in IT and bringing gender balance to the sector. A keen cyclist and self-proclaimed thrill seeker, she holds the title of first woman to ever cross the North Simpson via the Madigan line on a bike.
Rod returned to Avanade in 2017 to take up the role of Legal Counsel responsible for managing the legal services for the Australian operations. Rod is an experienced lawyer specialising in providing comprehensive in-house legal services and has experience across multiple jurisdictions including Australia/New Zealand, South East Asia, the UK and the US.
Despite being Brisbane based Rod is a keen snow-boarder but also enjoys hiking and strength training.
Rod has always had a passion for technology and subsequently returned to QUT to complete a Bachelor of Information Technology. Since then Rod has specialised in providing in-house legal services to ICT companies including previously working for Avanade (2005 to 2009).
Rod holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Queensland University of Technology and spent the early years of his career as a Crown Prosecutor and later as a lawyer with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.
Saurabh leads the Financial Services team in Australia with responsibility for driving sales and how we go to market in the Financial Services sector.
He re-joined Avanade Australian in 2009 and has since played roles spanning Practice Lead, CTO team, and then moving in to sales. His background is in Distributed Agile delivery, Software Engineering, and Solution Architecture across the UK and Australia in the Banking and Insurance sectors.
Saurabh has a passion for technology and helps clients understand and rotate to the new, whether it be Customer Experiences, Intelligent Automation, Cloud Capability, or Employee centric delivery.
Lucia Gamarra is the Executive for the Business Applications Market Unit for Avanade Australia which includes Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations (ERP), Customer Engagement (CRM), Power Platforms and Digital Marketing offerings. Responsible for the leadership, planning, coordination and management of the Business, with cumulative sales and revenue accountability.
Lucia brings extensive experience working with Microsoft technologies, joining the Dynamics partner channel in the late 1990’s representing local and global partners in Australia, New Zealand and Asia and prides herself on being intrinsic to the growth of successful businesses by building and developing high performing teams.
As an Executive sponsor of large transformational projects, she leads and enables teams that define and innovate strategies by differentiating on value and agility that result in the accomplishment of overall business objectives and satisfaction of Clients.
Lucia has been actively involved in; Women in Leadership Mentoring & Development Programs | Corporate Citizenship initiatives | Participated in several Community Reach Programs
Spending most of her life in eastern and northern suburbs of Sydney, Lucia has recently moved to small acreage in a coastal town with a dream to one day establish a hobby farm.
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