Management Committee – Bios

Atos North America

Dave Seybold

Chief Executive Officer, Atos North America

Dave Seybold is the CEO of Atos North America.  Dave and his leadership team are responsible for $3 billion in revenue and 11,000 technologists, who ensure that customers stay at the forefront of digital transformation and realize their business goals through technology. Atos North America includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Guatemala.

Dave is an experienced, global business leader that is inspired by creating business value through digital, cloud technologies and leading diverse, global teams. He joins Atos with a lengthy career in the IT industry where he held senior executive positions at Avanade (Microsoft – Accenture Joint Venture) and IBM.

Prior to Atos, Dave was the North America President of Avanade where, by emphasizing experience-led consulting services, he reversed negative revenue growth in 2017 to 36% growth from 2018-2020.  While at IBM, Dave led the rapid development of Global Business Services delivery capabilities.  He also led GBS’s Southern Europe Consulting services and filled key P&L management roles in the United States. In Dave’s last role, he was the GBS Global Leader for IBM Software and Cloud Business Solutions where he was responsible for IBM’s cross business model: “Cloud Business Solutions.”  During his career at Avanade and IBM, he has led global teams while living in Bangalore, Madrid, and the US.

His personal philosophy is characterized by inspiring leadership at all levels, commitment to culture and diversity, listening first, and acting with consensus and conviction. Outside of work, you will find him traveling or exploring with family and friends, coaching youth sports, volunteering, playing tennis, hiking, or participating in any activity that keeps him outdoors.

Ashley Crandall

Chief Financial Officer, North America

Ashley Crandall is the CFO of Atos North America. She oversees all aspects of North America’s finance function, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury, financial operations and industry finance.

Ashley is a finance executive with more than 15 years of leadership experience. She joined Atos from ACI, a financial technology company, where she held various senior leadership roles including the Divisional CFO for ACI On Demand (the company’s SaaS and Platform business) as well as the finance leader for the Global Sales Organization.

Prior to ACI, Ashley worked at General Electric where she held various Finance and Operational Leadership roles and completed the Financial Management Program (FMP) & Corporate Audit Staff (CAS). In addition, she served 9 years in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant and Respiratory Therapist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Finance and a Minor in French.

When she’s not working, Ashley enjoys staying active with her family, skiing, scuba diving, traveling, reading, home organization and DIY projects.

Marc Assuied

Chief Administrative Officer and Head of Quality, North America

Marc is Chief Administrative Officer and Head of Quality. He orchestrates execution of quality and delivery excellence programs as well as performance improvement plans, leads integration of M&A acquisitions, implements the real-estate roadmap to support hybrid workplace and manages the IT and Security agendas for Atos in North America.

Marc previously held the role of Chief Information Officer for Atos’ North and South America regions. He led the deployment of the company’s technology and digital roadmap as well as integration of acquired businesses into Atos’ ICT and business process landscapes.

Prior to Atos North America, he was CIO of Atos in France, Corporate HQ and Africa, in charge of internal IT infrastructures, cybersecurity, business applications and processes, and associated roadmaps.

Before serving as CIO, Marc led Atos’ Business Applications and Enterprise Resource Planning landscape transformation from a fragmented multi-country framework into an integrated single-tenant enterprise environment at group level.

Marc holds a Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management and Business Management from France’s School of Mines.

He’s based in Irving, Texas, Atos North America regional headquarters.

Brittany Self

Chief Procurement Officer, North America

Brittany Self is the Chief Procurement Officer of Atos North America. Brittany is responsible for the strategic management of all third-party partners and associated spend. Brittany and her team ensure Atos NA has the most strategic agreements in place with key partners to ensure Atos is delivering the best possible solutions to our customers.

She joined Atos in 2012 as a buyer and has been promoted into multiple procurement roles since joining, including Head of Procurement Strategic Accounts and Bid Support. Brittany’s vast procurement experience and insight into the North America business brings a unique perspective to drive more strategic engagements with our partners and customers.

Her personal philosophy is characterized by fostering a motivated environment through leadership, mentorship and innovation of her team to achieve elevated success. Outside of work, you will find her spending time with her family and friends, running or biking and cheering her children on at youth sports.

Abi Feseha

Head of Marketing and Communications, North America

Abi Feseha is the Head of Marketing and Communications for North America, with responsibility for marketing programs, brand management, and corporate communications. She leads the Atos brand messaging and presence, and client, people and partner marketing and communications in North America.

Abi is an experienced strategist and digital storyteller with experiences in marketing, strategy,  and operations across various industries.  Prior to Atos, Abi was a Principal Strategy Consultant responsible for the P&L and strategy of a multi-million-dollar portfolio for a leading automotive company.  She led a team of consultants delivering in technology, marketing, financial services, product development, and autonomous vehicles while serving as the lead consultant for a Marketing Strategy engagement.  Prior to that she led multiple engagements in the health care industry working with providers on change management and process improvement, emphasizing the balance between people, technology, and process.

Abi has an innovative mindset that empowers teams through transparency and inclusion.  She believes in thinking outside the box and leveraging creativity and collaboration to drive engagement and trust.

Abi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Southern California and an MBA from University of Maryland.  She lives in Dallas with her husband.  Outside of work she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family.  She’s passionate about social responsibility and spends her free time giving back to the community by volunteering and providing pro-bono services to non-profits.

Abbie Cowan

Head of Human Resources, North America

Abbie Cowan serves as Head of Human Resources for Atos North America, responsible for enabling the success of 11,000 people in the business as they engage and collaborate with clients to drive digital change.

Before being named Head of Human Resources in February 2021, Abbie was Head of Human Resources for the global TMT industry and Atos OneCloud. While in this role, she designed and launched the IGNITE graduate program for Atos OneCloud, focused on enabling aspiring Cloud professionals to gain skills and use cutting edge technologies to become pioneers of Atos’ latest cloud technology. Abbie also led people practices for the TMT industry, driving talent attraction, retention and workforce development.

From 2015–2019, Abbie led HR acquisition activity and people transitions for Atos North America. During this period, she assumed responsibility for all HR operations across North America, driving function and service improvement for the business. Upon joining Atos in 2012, Abbie lead employee relations, employee engagement, compensation and benefits and recruitment in the UK and Ireland.

Abbie is a member of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is a certified executive coach and mentor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Warwick and a master’s degree from the University of Central England.

Abbie is passionate about lifelong learning and inspiring people to achieve their full potential professionally and personally. She’s an avid reader and loves the arts, having originally majored in theater. She’s a frequent traveler and has visited over 30 countries. In her free time, she is happiest being outdoors cycling, running, hiking or skiing.

Rocio Gajano

Head of Alliances, North America

Rocio is part of the Atos Executive Team that embodies the growth and entrepreneurial mindset needed to drive Atos forward, supporting Atos’ strong industry and customer focus, and more closely represents the diversity of the wider Group. As the North America Head Alliances and Partnerships, Rocio is committed to maximizing customer value by overseeing strategic intercompany initiatives with Atos’ Strategic Alliances Global Team. Her priority is to elevate Atos NA Ecosystem relationships to make sure that Atos is part of each strategic project in U.S, Canada, Mexico, and Guatemala, bringing a partner ecosystem built to deliver superior business value.

Before joining Atos, Rocio was the Global Markets Services Leader at IBM for the Eastern United States for IBM’s Business Transformation, Cloud & DC Modernization GTS, Watson Health and Apps Modernization Services GBS. Prior to IBM, Rocio was a Transformation Leader at NTT Data (formerly Dell Services) responsible for executing deals >$75M. Under Dell Services as Dell Global Services Director for Strategic Pursuits managing >$1B pipeline, she served on the President’s Council at Dell where she focused on supporting process simplification and developing programs for Women in Technology. Rocio has over 20 years’ experience in the IT Industry, has held leadership positions at Fortune 20 companies that include Compaq and HP, and is a 2-time recipient of the “Inspiring Women of the Year” award.

Rocio volunteers inside and outside work, enjoys traveling around the world with her family.   She is a graduate of Cornell’s Executive Leadership Program and holds a Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity from Excelsior University, New York.

Michael Thomas

Head of Healthcare & Life Sciences, North America

Mike Thomas is the head of the Atos North America Healthcare and Life Sciences (HLS) Industry.  Mike is responsible for the $700 million industry which spans the Payer, Provider and Life Sciences sub-markets.  The HLS industry in North America has well over five thousand dedicated professionals who support over one hundred customers across all three sub-markets.

Prior to his current role, Mike was the leader of North America Transition and Transformation Programs for Atos.  In this role, Mike and his team led all new contract transition and transformation programs as well supporting large scale transformation programs with existing customers.

Mike joined Atos in 2012 and was responsible for the global rollout of Digital Workplace services for a large pharmaceutical customer and subsequently was the head of Operations for the HLS industry in North America.  Before joining Atos, Mike was a Global Account Executive supporting the chemical and life sciences industry while working for CSC and was a Managing Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers where he led a systems integration Practice providing services to Healthcare and Life Sciences customers.

His personal philosophy is characterized by operating with transparency in all interactions with customers and employees alike.  Outside of work, you will find him fishing and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible and spending time with family and friends.

Meena Surti Patel

Head of Resources and Services, North America

Meena Surti Patel is the SVP – Head of Resource and Services for Atos North America.  Resource and Services which includes Retail, Travel & Hospitality, Transportation and Logistics, Energy and Utilities, Oil and Gas.  Meena and her leadership team are responsible for $500 million in revenue delivering process innovation, cloud, platform, and security solutions to drive complex digital transformation for our customers.

Prior to Atos, Meena was the Head of Retail and Fashion for SAP North America where she led an industry consulting services organization with 42% growth over 4 years. Focus on innovative solution and demonstrating the ability to lead large program for key clients defined this growth. Prior to SAP, Meena has 30-year track record delivering innovation, cloud, and platform solutions driving complex digital transformation for Fortune 50 clients.

Her personal focus is on inclusivity at all levels, commitment to culture and diversity, demonstrating leadership every day, and listening to our clients and teams. Outside of work, you will find her enjoy an outdoor concert and great glass of wine.  Meena’s passion is mentor and develop our youth, helping them find their passions from high school to college or trade school to first job.

Mehul Dhruva

Head of Financial Services & Insurance, North America

Mehul Dhruva is Head of FS&I Industry North America. Mehul and his leadership team are responsible for $800 million in revenue and 3,000 technologists, who ensure that customers stay at the forefront of digital transformation and realize their business goals through technology driven  across business services, modernization of IT platforms, digital innovation and foundation IT services.

He joined Atos in 2004 as a Delivery Manager and after few years became Head of Payer sub-vertical in 2009. In 2014, he became head of newly created Managed Service Organization (MSO) in Pune. In 2016, he moved to Arizona to head key account and drive digital and cultural transformation.

His personal philosophy is driven by continuous learning, applying new leadership and management principles across all levels. He loves driving teams on change management mission to achieve business objectives. Outside of work, you will find him hiking or traveling with family and friends, volunteering, playing tennis, or reading.

Lori Powers

Head of Telecom, Media, and Technology, North America

Lori is the North American Telcom, Media and Technology Industry Leader.  She and her team are responsible for $500M in annual revenue and work with a diverse set of clients driving transformations from legacy technology platforms to modern cloud-enabled environments.

Lori joined Atos in 2019 as a Client Advisor focused on client-centric thinking and client advocacy within the Atos organization.  She participated in developing organizational change management strategies for clients undergoing operating model changes and provided experiential perspectives to grow relationships between Atos teams and their clients.  Prior to joining Atos, Lori was SVP, Global IT Operations for CNA Insurance driving global delivery consistency, enabling technology transformations and ensuring operational excellence.

Lori prides herself on meeting her commitments by maintaining the philosophy that your word is your reputation.  She enjoys coaching and mentoring women entering the technology field, finding solutions that resolve issues and making connections that benefit all involved.  She spends her free time knitting, reading and practicing yoga.

Alok Magan

Head of Manufacturing, North America

Alok Magan leads the manufacturing industry business for Atos North America. In this role, Alok is responsible to drive high double-digit profitable growth for the industry. He is focused on innovative and domain driven digital solutions leveraging Atos’ key strengths such as Smart Manufacturing, One Cloud, Cybersecurity and Decarbonization. Alok and his leadership team are embarking on strategic vision to grow the Atos North America Manufacturing business to $1Billion.

Prior to Atos, Alok led a $550 million strategic business unit for Manufacturing at Cognizant. He was known for creating 2 platinum ($100M above) and 5 Gold ($50M above) accounts in a span of 5 years through a high-performance customer centric culture and differentiating against the big 4 consulting companies. Alok also led Smart City including Smart transportation business for Cognizant and evangelized cloud business. A $300M AWS deal that Alok won in partnership with AWS is one of the largest cloud deals in the industry. Year 2020, Alok won $800 M deals through proactive efforts displacing Accenture, Deloitte, TCS and Capgemini in large deals that included SAP, Salesforce, Smart Mfg and other Business Apps.

Alok has an obsession for client business value and doing the right things for the clients and for his teams and believes that the top-notch business results follow naturally. Having a positive outlook for everything, collaborative approach for problem solving and building highly motivated teams are some of the key traits that describe Alok as a leader. Outside of work, Alok likes to spend time with his family, enjoys playing guitar and jamming with his kids, social activities with friends and specialty cooking.

Christine A. Gaines

Head of Public Sector and Defense, North America

Christine A. Gaines is the Industry Head of Public Sector and Defense in North America. Atos PS&D focuses on partnering with our Public Sector clients to assist them in their digital transformation journey. We work at all levels of Government, Education, and Defense to help serve the constituents in the communities in which we all live.

Prior to joining Atos, Christine worked for Dell Technologies/EMC, Deloitte Consulting/BearingPoint, and Lucent Technologies/Avaya. She has spent over 20 years supporting work in the Public Sector managing Business Development and Delivery teams; Strategic Alliance Programs; Product Management and Sales; and large, complex, multi-vendor project implementations. She has participated in the Dell Women in Action Employee Resource Group, the CompTia Health Services IT Advisory Group, and represented Dell EMC as a Founding member of the Governing Women in Government Leadership Program.

Christine’s personal philosophy is that every single day we make decisions that affect the lives of others. We need to be thoughtful in the things we do and say and always operate with integrity, compassion, and understanding. We need to take care of our relationships, both personally and professionally, and have the courage to do the right thing – even when it’s the hard thing. Christine lives in Littleton, Colorado, and enjoys spending time with her son, cooking, traveling, and certifying her Golden Retriever as a therapy dog.

Nicole Gifford

Head of Global Operations, North America

Nikki Gifford is the Head of Global Operations for North America. Nikki is accountable for customer-focused delivery execution on a $3B portfolio and is known for driving innovation and quality, that enables Decarbonized Digital Transformation Growth across the marketplace.

Prior to her current role, Nikki was a Client Service Executive for one of Atos’ largest Insurance Clients, where she developed a Growth Partnership by focusing on Technology Transformation that facilitated the client’s business strategy. Prior to that, she led the North America Cloud Practice, where her clients realized the value of shifting from traditional Infrastructure to Hybrid Cloud and Managed Public Cloud Services. During her tenure, her business operation tenets of employee engagement, reskilling the workforce, and quality through continual improvement have produced efficiencies greater than 25%

Nikki brings a growth mindset and builds teams through trust, collaboration, and inclusion. She believes in empowering her team through transparency and accountability. She is a devoted wife, and a mom who loves to read, sail on the Great Lakes, and being outdoors with her family. She contributes to the community by volunteering at a local animal shelter and acting as a transport for animals to their new foster or permanent homes.

John Cipolla

Head of Cloud Enterprise Solutions Practice, North America

John Cipolla is the Cloud Enterprises Solutions Practice Lead for North America and Emerging Markets. John and his leadership team are responsible for driving all Atos OneCloud, Cloud Advisory, Transformation, Migration and Run services to accelerate our client’s transformation journeys.

John has over 25 years experience as an accomplished Fortune 500/Global Systems Integrator Executive leading and motivating high-performance teams. Prior to Atos he served as Managing Director at Accenture (NYSE ACN) leading the Journey to Cloud, Intelligent Cloud & Infrastructure teams along with Global Go to Market Lead for the Google Business Group and most recently the West Microsoft Business Group inclusive of Accenture, Avanade and Microsoft partnership.  John also spent time at Insight Enterprises (NASDAQ NSIT) as North America Services Sales Lead driving all services and solutions to Fortune 1,000 clients.  He also served as Director of Sales at AT&T (NYSE T) leading teams supporting client digital transformation utilizing latest networking technologies.

John leads his group using 4 “C”-  Culture, Communication, Community, and Compassion.  His 5 key strengths are; Learner, Strategic, Developer, Competitive and Achiever.  He is keenly focused on driving diversity and equal opportunity throughout his organization.  Outside of work; John has 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren.  He supports Rare KC/Florence Fighters  Charity in Kansas City.  He and his wife Paula enjoy outdoor activities like; hiking, swimming and traveling internationally, especially in Italy where he gets to spend time with extended family.

Esteban Herrera

Head of Atos|Syntel, North America

Esteban Herrera is responsible for the Atos|Syntel business in North America. He manages a $1 Billion P&L of applications and business platforms clients, supported by 20,000 local and offshore colleagues. Esteban is also responsible for Atos|Syntel’s Global Public Sector and Defense business unit.

Prior to running the North American Atos|Syntel business, Esteban led North America Specialty Sales for Atos. Before Atos, Esteban spent 15 years as a management consulting executive, most recently at ISG, where he led the Energy, Life Sciences, and Healthcare P&L. He also held leadership positions at The Concours Group and Alsbridge. Earlier in his 26-year career in the industry, Esteban led strategic client relationships and large delivery organizations at Accenture and Infosys.

Esteban subscribes to Dan Pink’s theory that people need autonomy, mastery, and purpose to perform at their best, so he strives to create a that environment for his team. He believes that where there is trust between the parties, any problem can be solved. Esteban is a foodie, a car geek and a long-suffering Dallas Mavericks fan. His favorite role is “Dad” and when not working you will find him traveling the globe with his son. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Babson College.

Oliver Coste

Head of Unified Communications & Collaboration, North America

Oliver Coste is the head of the Unified Communication and Collaboration division within Atos North America. Oliver is responsible for the P&L of highly innovative communication solutions for large enterprises, hospital groups, utilities, states and public safety authorities in the US, Canada and Mexico

Prior to joining Atos in 2019, Oliver was the founder and CEO of a cloud-based video chat solution for e-commerce that was deployed by Microsoft, IBM, Softbank and other leading companies in the world. From 2000 to 2010, Oliver had various sales management and P&L responsibilities within Alcatel-Lucent, a leading telecom vendor, where he led major initiatives such as the development of world leading mobile video businesses.

Born and raised in Paris, living in NYC since 2014, proud father of 3 daughters enjoying the US education system, Oliver is passionate about world history and how technology and economy impact geopolitics. When not traveling to customers, Oliver will be hiking mountains in the summer or skying up and down in winter.

Valerie Milone

Head of Canada, North America

Valerie Travain Milone is Head of Atos in Canada. She is leading our in-country business growth strategy and execution. Canada being a strategic market for ATOS in North America, the plan includes expanding organically and through acquisitions. Valerie is in charge of driving a solid Atos brand and culture in Canada to deliver secured decarbonized digital transformation programs to support our customers businesses.

After 10 years of experience and several leadership roles in high-stake technological led companies from various industries, she joined Atos in 2008 as a senior consultant before becoming Head of Space submarket in France and then Europe. In 2016 Valerie moved to London to become Head of Sales for one of Atos’ Global practices. She moved to Canada in early 2018 to kick off a new global contract with a fast-growing Canada headquartered design engineering firm and to accelerate our expansion plans in Canada.

Her personal brand is to be a talent seeker, a strong team believer, a diversity advocate. Her purpose is to foster a more inclusive and sustainable world where technologies supports this ambition. Outside of work, she loves cooking and experimenting new recipes, traveling with family and friends, volunteering and mentoring in her local and international communities, doing Pilates and Yoga, hiking in all seasons and swimming in lakes, seas or oceans every time she can.

Paul Maya

Head of Mexico, North America

Paul Maya is the Head of Atos Mexico. Paul and his leadership team are responsible for $50 million in revenue and 1,000 technologists, who ensure the best service to our customers and keep them at the edge of digital transformation in order to achieve their business goals. Atos Mexico includes a Global Delivery Center focused on nearshore services for Atos clients headquartered in USA and Europe.

Paul joined Atos in 2015 as part of the Xerox – ITO acquisition and has been in his current role since. In Xerox ITO, he was the head of the ITO division for Latin America where he was entrusted to double the footprint and nearshore business. He started and led IT GDCs in Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Guatemala; footprint included 1,200 employees in 8 locations within these 4 countries. His role included key activities in strategic planning and general management.

He achieves business objectives through passion, commitment, expertise, drive,  ownership and strong empathy for culture and diversity. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son in outdoor activities or traveling, also, likes to learn new barbecue recipies along with friends.