Avanade announced that CEO Adam Warby will step down at the end of August. Avanade’s board of directors has appointed Pamela Maynard, currently Avanade’s president of Product and Innovation, to succeed Warby as CEO. “While stepping away from a company and team that I am passionate about is not an easy decision, one of the key responsibilities of a good leader is to ‘pass on the reins’ at the right time and to the ideal candidate,” Warby said.
“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.”
Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology officer and chairman of the Avanade board, said, “Adam has had an amazing career at Avanade, including helping to fuel the company’s 19-year track record of success. During his tenure as CEO, Adam grew Avanade into the leading digital innovator for the Microsoft ecosystem as the company nearly tripled its revenues, expanded its global footprint and has grown to more than 36,000 professionals. On behalf of the board, we thank Adam for his leadership in transforming the company. Looking ahead, Pam is the ideal choice to serve as the next CEO. She is a proven leader with an unmatched understanding of Avanade’s business, culture and people.”
Judson Althoff, executive vice-president of Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft and a director on the Avanade board, said, “Adam helped create a unique culture within Avanade that has empowered the team to innovate with passion and purpose every day. This winning formula helped Avanade become one of the most successful joint ventures in the industry. As the company continues to grow, Pam will bring continued leadership to the team with a deep focus in helping customers from all sectors succeed by marrying their business goals with Microsoft’s technology. She has the full support of the board.”
For the last two years, Maynard has led the strategy of Avanade’s offerings and services worldwide. In this role, she oversees the Modern Workplace, Business Applications, Applications & Infrastructure, and Data & AI businesses; the innovation, incubation and development of new offerings; Avanade’s Advisory Services; and the company’s delivery organization. Prior to her current role, she was president of Avanade Europe, where she directed strategy and operations across 13 European geographies. She also previously served as general manager of Avanade UK.
“It is an honor to succeed Adam, who has had an extraordinary tenure with Avanade,” Maynard said. “I am proud and delighted to serve as Avanade’s next chief executive officer. This is an exciting time in the marketplace. Our clients are looking to drive innovation and growth in the digital era, and we are ideally positioned to help them tap into the enterprise-wide potential of Microsoft technology.”