As Executive, Global Market Units, Rich Stern is responsible for coordinating and guiding the effective execution of Avanade strategy across its digital, cloud, technology services and business applications portfolios. In his role he partners closely with each Market Unit and the global Platforms, Services and Offerings team to define and launch offerings that transform our clients’ business operations.
In addition, as global PS&O cloud portfolio lead, Rich is responsible for Avanade’s cloud platforms, services and offerings business, helping accelerate our clients’ move to an "as-a-service" business model. He drives overall growth in Avanade’s cloud business, defining the skills required for delivering secure cloud solutions, and working closely with Avanade’s expert technologists and partners.
Prior to his current roles, Rich led the global Technology Infrastructure organization, setting the strategic direction of the business via the development of assets and solutions, working closely with sales teams to understand client demand and deliver successful project outcomes. As the Workplace Transformation Services global lead, he helped organizations transform their workplace environments through the strategic use of the latest technologies, processes and delivery models.
Earlier in his Avanade career Rich held a number of leadership roles in sales and technology delivery. Rich came to Avanade from Hewlett-Packard and earlier 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.