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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 realize 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 organizations focused on enterprise customers. 

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

Ken Guthrie
Ken Guthrie
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 programs. 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 program 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 enterprise-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 realize results. As part of this role, he is driving the development of Avanade’s global advisory practice, centered on the agendas of IT modernization, 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 honors 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 organization. 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 organzation 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, organizational 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.

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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 realize 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

Chris Miller
Chris Miller
Chief Technology Innovation Officer

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Chris Miller is Avanade’s Chief Technology Innovation Officer, responsible for Avanade’s technology innovation and incubation function worldwide. As CTIO, he is responsible for leading Avanade’s client-centric innovation agenda, developing and communicating the company’s technology vision both internally and externally, and for supporting all aspects of the company's technology development. Previously, Chris was Chief Information Officer, responsible for the technology capabilities that power the company’s people and operations worldwide.

Chris is a trusted advisor both inside and outside the company. Chris and his team work closely with Microsoft to maintain Avanade’s role as an aggressive early adopter of Microsoft enterprise technologies. He regularly shares first-hand experience and insights about deployments with clients to help them optimize their own operations.

Chris joined Avanade after 16 years at Accenture, where he served as a senior director for Accenture’s Collaboration 2.0 program. In this role, he oversaw a multi-year initiative to enable 180,000 global employees with next-generation collaboration capabilities.  

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 organization. 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

Board of Directors

Judson Althoff
Executive Vice President, Microsoft

As executive vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Business organization, Judson Althoff leads Microsoft’s commercial business strategy, including enterprise, public sector, small and mid-market, services, developers and partners. His organization is responsible for leading digital transformations for commercial customers and partners to realize greater business value through the use of technology.

Judson is passionate about creating fans and advocates by bringing Microsoft’s bold ambitions to life for customers and partners, enabling their journey to the cloud.

Prior to his current role, he was president of Microsoft North America, responsible for commercial and public sector customers and partners, as well as the retail and operator channel consumer business across the United States and Canada. Before joining Microsoft in 2013, Judson spent 14 years at Oracle, where he most recently served as senior vice president.

Judson holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Paul Daugherty
Chief Technology Officer, Accenture

Accenture Chief Technology Officer Paul Daugherty is chair of the Avanade Board of Directors. At Accenture, he leads the company’s Technology Innovation & Ecosystem group and is a member of the company’s Global Management Committee.
 
In addition to overseeing Accenture’s technology strategy, Paul has responsibility for driving innovation through R&D activities in Accenture’s Technology Labs; maximizing value from the fast-changing and dynamic technology ecosystem; and leveraging emerging technologies to bring the newest innovations to clients globally. He also leads the company’s highly skilled, certified technology architects, who apply new technologies and architectural foundations in building solutions for clients across industries. In addition, Paul is responsible for managing Accenture’s alliances, partnerships and senior-level relationships with leading and emerging technology companies, and runs Accenture’s CIO Council of more than 200 global CIOs. 
 
Before being named chief technology officer in 2012, Paul was Accenture’s chief technology architect, leading more than 17,000 professionals globally who focused on advanced technology solutions. Previously, he founded Accenture’s cloud computing business, and led Accenture’s technology business globally for the Resources operating group. He also was instrumental in founding Accenture’s SaaS, big data and open source businesses, and played a key role in the company’s technology business during the major transitions to client/server computing and internet-based computing.
 
Paul is a frequent speaker at conferences on industry and technology issues, and has published articles in a variety of publications. He serves on the board of trustees of the Computer History Museum and on the CIO advisory board for NPower, which provides IT services to non-profit organizations. Paul also helped found the advisory board of the Academy of Information Technology, a non-profit that works to increase IT career opportunities for urban youths.
 
Paul joined Accenture in 1986 and became a partner in 1999. He earned his bachelor of science degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan.

Grant P. Ireland
Senior Managing Director-Corporate Finance Planning & Strategy, Accenture

Accenture Senior Managing Director Grant Ireland, Corporate Finance Planning & Strategy, is responsible for leading the company’s corporate planning and forecasting; strategic planning and analysis; and compensation planning and analysis functions. In addition, he has responsibility for evolving Accenture’s economic model to support Accenture’s long-term growth strategy.

A 25+ year veteran of Accenture, Grant has held numerous leadership posts across Accenture’s finance and comptroller functions. Prior to his current role, he served as finance director for Accenture’s Technology Growth Platform, where he was responsible for leading the financial management and analysis of the company’s application services and software businesses, including the global delivery network and alliance investments across the ecosystem. He has extensive international experience, setting up and managing the company’s financial processes and IT call center support across 14 countries. He also led the company’s finance transformation program shortly after the company’s initial public offering, a role that included the implementation of a single global ERP system.

Grant earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with honors at Oral Roberts University.

Sander van 't Noordende
Group Chief Executive-Products, Accenture

Sander van 't Noordende is Group Chief Executive of Accenture’s Products operating group and is a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee.

Prior to his current role, Sander was Group Chief Executive of Management Consulting, with responsibility for the company’s capabilities and services across strategy, analytics, CRM, finance and enterprise performance, operations, risk management, sustainability, and talent. 

Earlier he was Group Chief Executive of Accenture's Resources operating group, which serves clients in the chemicals, energy, natural resources and utilities industries, and held other Accenture leadership posts. 

Sander joined Accenture in 1987 and became a partner in 1999. During his Accenture career, he has led large-scale transformation and IT projects for clients in the financial services and utilities industries. He holds a degree in industrial engineering, with a specialty in finance and marketing, from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Debbie Polishook
Group Chief Executive – Accenture Operations

Debbie Polishook is Group Chief Executive of Accenture Operations. In this role, she oversees Accenture’s comprehensive portfolio of business process, cloud and infrastructure services. She leads a team of both consulting and outsourcing professionals charged with developing, selling and delivering differentiated intelligent infrastructure, cloud and business process services to drive transformational value and productivity for clients. In addition, she serves as a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee and Capital Committee.

Before assuming her current position, Debbie was Group Operating Officer for Accenture Operations, responsible for executing business strategy and driving operational excellence. Prior to that role, she was the global quality and client satisfaction lead for Business Process Outsourcing, as well as the lead for Accenture’s Business Support Services team that provides a set of common services across the company’s BPO contracts.

Earlier in her Accenture career, she was the managing director of Accenture’s Media & Entertainment client portfolio in the Northeast United States.

Debbie holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Tulane University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Adam Warby
Avanade Chief Executive Officer

Avanade Chief Executive Officer Adam Warby works closely with the Avanade Board of Directors and his leadership team to realize the 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 customers 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 organizations focused on enterprise customers.

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

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