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Changing of the Guard at Avanade

Adam Warby will step down as CEO of Avanade after over 11 years in August and be succeeded from within the company by Pamela Maynard, the company announced this month.

Avanade is a giant in the Microsoft partner community with 36,000 professionals worldwide, a specialized focus on Microsoft technologies and a tight relationship with Microsoft. The company was originally founded in 2000 as a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft, and the company's board includes Judson Althoff, executive vice president of the Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft.

Since Warby became CEO in 2008, Avanade's revenues have tripled from $900 million to $2.5 billion, the company has expanded the number of countries it operates in by seven to 26 total, and it has closed seven acquisitions.

In a statement, Warby called the decision to leave difficult, but said that it was the right time for a transition. "On the eve of our 20th anniversary, I am confident that Pam is the right leader to take Avanade into the next chapter. During the last 11 years, she has driven unparalleled results for Avanade in the key roles that she has held and has been a vocal advocate for inclusion and diversity across the organization," Warby said.

Maynard is currently president of product and innovation at Avanade. She has held the role for two years and responsibilities included overseeing several practices, development of new offerings, advisory services and the delivery organization. Her previous roles within Avanade included running Avanade Europe as president and running Avanade U.K. as general manager. Maynard has also worked for Capgemini, Ernst & Young and Oracle.

Posted by Scott Bekker on June 13, 2019 at 8:46 AM


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