Cloud specialists Avanade Australia name new leader

Mahmood Ghani replaces Sarah Adam-Gedge

Digital and cloud services provider, Avanade, has appointed Mahmood Ghani as its new Australian executive general manager, replacing Sarah Adam-Gedge.

Ghani will be taking on the new role in September and will be based in Sydney.

Specifically, he will be responsible for Avanade’s growth in Australia, leading a team of more than 300 staff across Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney offices.

Previously Ghani was Avanade’s general manager in Canada, first joining the company in 2004 as a capability lead in its Canberra office.

Furthermore, he was also Avanade Australia’s CTO and subsequently took on the position of Malaysia country manager before moving to Canada.

“The opportunity to return to Australia after so many years and lead our business here represents a very exciting time for me, and a testament of Avanade’s commitment to our people and our clients,” Ghani said.

News of Ghani’s appointment follows Avanade’s acquisition of Melbourne-based independent enterprise technology and design agency Loud&Clear.

Loud&Clear was founded in 2009 by Ben Beath, Joel Beath and Cade Witnish, with the business growing to more than 150 staff during the past nine years.

The acquisition - of which financial details were not disclosed - will see Loud&Clear turn into Avanade’s first digital innovation studio in the Asia Pacific region.

As part of global network of studios, it will be focused on creating and building user-centric experience from proof-of-concept and prototyping through to market launch and scaling.