SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - August 20, 2009) - Avanade, a business technology service provider, today announced the appointment of Steve Stone as Avanade's new CFO effective September 1. Dennis Knapp, who has served as Avanade's CFO since July 2001, will retire on October 1.

Stone joins Avanade from Accenture where he was most recently Director of Finance for the United States. In his 14 years at Accenture, he worked in a variety of roles, including helping to create Delivery Centers in both Europe and Asia, which are part of Accenture's Global Delivery Network.

"Steve is a skilled executive who brings broad business and financial acumen to his position as Avanade's CFO," said Adam Warby, Avanade CEO. "As Avanade continues to grow its business globally, Steve will play an instrumental role as part of the executive leadership team driving Avanade's business forward and shaping its future."

Avanade's current CFO, Dennis Knapp, will work closely with Stone to ensure a smooth transition.

"Dennis has been a highly influential contributor to Avanade's success and rapid growth from a start-up company in 2000 to a global organization with nearly 9,000 professionals worldwide," added Warby. "We wish Dennis all the best in his retirement and future endeavors."

About Avanade

Avanade provides business technology services that connect insight, innovation and expertise in Microsoft technologies to help customers realize results. Avanade's services and solutions help improve performance, productivity and sales for organizations in all industries. The company applies Microsoft expertise from its global network of consultants, drawing on the right mix of onshore, offshore and nearshore skills, which together are designed to help deliver results faster, at lower cost and with less risk. Avanade, which is majority owned by Accenture, was founded in 2000 by Accenture and Microsoft Corporation and serves customers in more than 20 countries worldwide with more than 8,600 professionals. Additional information can be found at

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