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Our Business

Pamela Maynard
Pamela Maynard
Chief Executive Officer

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.

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.

Dave Gartenberg
Chief Human Resources Officer

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.

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Craig Gorsline
Chief Growth Officer
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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.

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.

Bob Malone
Bob Malone
General Counsel

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
Executive, Business Applications Global Lead

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
Eric Miquelon
Executive, Global Solutions and Delivery

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.

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.

Florin Rotar
Executive, Global Modern Workplace and AMBG

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
Executive, Data and Applied Intelligence

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.

Adam Warby
Adam Warby
CEO Emeritus
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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.

Our Geographies

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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 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.

Darren Hardman
Darren Hardman
President, Europe

As President, Europe, Darren Hardman is responsible for directing strategy and operations across Avanade Europe’s 13 geographies. Darren’s previous roles include General Manager of Avanade UK & Ireland and 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.

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 and Ecosystem

Raghavan Iyer
Raghavan Iyer
Avanade Advanced Technology Centers 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 Advanced Technology Centers, overseeing more than 25,000 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

Jens Boegh-Nielsen
General Manager, Nordics
Jens Boegh-Nielsen is General Manager, Nordics covering Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Before stepping in as a General Manager in Nordics September 2017, Jens acted as a Head of Sales & Marketing for Avanade Europe. Before joining Avanade 2014, Jens was Senior Vice President, Head of Application Services Sales Europe at Capgemini and personally landed several key strategic transformational outsourcing deals. Prior he’s career at Capgemini, Jens spent five years as a partner at Accenture where he had responsibility for selling, building and growing the transformational outsourcing platform within Business Process and IT Outsourcing for Accenture’s EALA & Nordics Resources Operating Group. Jens holds a Master degree in Business Administration and Commercial Law from Copenhagen Business School.
Jaakko Karhumaa
Executive, Country Manager Finland
Jaakko is responsible for growing and developing the Avanade business in Finland as Country Manager. Jaakko has 20 years of experience in the field Business Solutions, such as BI, ERP, Customer engagement featuring Microsoft cloud technology. Prior to joining Avanade, he worked as Vice President for Business Productivity at Innofactor and held positions at Microsoft as Dynamics Lead and Specialist Technology Unit Lead in Finland. Jaakko holds a Bachelor´s degree in Business Management.
Henning Hesjedal
Executive, Country Manager Norway
Henning is responsible for the Avanade business in Norway as Country Manager, a role he took over in February 2017. Henning joined Avanade in 2008 as Nordic Finance Director, and has held various roles in the Nordic business, latest as COO and Capability lead. He has 20 years’ experience, primarily from Professional services and Retail. Prior to joining Avanade he was CFO in Nielsen, and has extensive consulting experience from Cap Gemini and daVinci Consulting, both in management and consulting roles.
Marianne Lindhard Moe
Executive, Country Manager Denmark

Marianne Lindhard Moe comes from Microsoft Denmark where she has been since 2011. Before joining Microsoft Marianne worked 7 years for Lawson Software, the last two years as Country Manager.

In Microsoft Marianne was Director for Microsoft Dynamics in Denmark and Iceland. She brings almost 30 years of experience from the IT and ERP industry. Initially starting off as a project manager in Digital Equipment before joining Lindhard Computer Systems, a Nordic IT company owned by her father, where she ended up leading the Danish and Swedish subsidiary and responsible for selling the company to Jan and Paul Baan (from Baan Company), where she joined and worked for them for 5 years.

Marianne holds a degree in Master of Science, IT and a bachelor degree in Business Management and administration from Copenhagen Business School.

Antonio Marsico
Executive, Country Manager Sweden

Antonio Marsico is Country Manager for Sweden. In this role Antonio will lead the Sweden business to serve Swedish clients in the Microsoft ecosystem. Antonio has been with Avanade for six years. He joined Avanade Italy in August 2012 as Health & Public Sector Lead and from December 2013 onwards held the role of Executive Head of Sales. In his 20 years career in IT, he has also worked at Digital Services, Compaq and Hewlett Packard and has held multiple roles from leading the pre-sales team to advisory and Head of IT Security and Risk Management team to delivery roles. Antonio holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Università La Sapienza Roma and Master of Arts in Information Technology from Politecnico di Milano.

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