Seasoned and Accessible Leadership

Dr. Patricia Connolly

Dr. Patricia Connolly

Founding Partner, CEO

Patricia Connolly, PhD, draws on nearly three decades of executive, IT and academic leadership to create and implement SMC Squared’s strategy, vision and mission. With cross-industry experience building and leading high-performing IT teams, leveraging global talent, and mitigating corporate risk enables her to understand intimately the unique challenges faced by SMC Squared clients and to develop solutions that provide immediate results and long-term flexibility and innovation.

Her functional expertise includes IT strategy, risk management, LEAN operations, systems development and vendor management, but she is particularly passionate about people—recruiting, mentoring, building and retaining highly skilled and engaged teams. This unique combination of skill and passion helps fuel SMC Squared’s employee-based, insource methodology.

patricia.connolly@smc2.com

Steven Stephan

Steven Stephan

COO

Steven Stephan’s career has spanned 35+ years of software development and leadership. His experience from an applications programmer through leading a worldwide organization covers all aspects from great solution design to leadership. The process of turning ambiguous initiatives into functioning systems at scale is what drives his passion for software. Since 2005, he’s focused on leveraging the talent in India and seamless delivery between organizations located in both countries.

Steven co-founded SMC Squared in 2017 as he saw the need to mitigate risks and barriers of entry for US companies to reap the benefits of this proven talent base in India. Focusing on productivity as a common goal that brings global teams together, Steven has helped US companies attain their true cost savings at the same time bringing teams closer together. The traditional India IT services model is flawed, but understanding the true psyche of the India workforce brings great results to companies working with SMC Squared.

steven.stephan@smc2.com

Govind SR

Govind SR

Managing Director

As a business leader and technologist, Govind SR is a committed leader with more than 25 years of experience building successful teams.  Throughout his career, he has led teams through bold transformations in order to help run successful businesses.

In his current role as Managing Director, Govind is in charge of leading the building and expansion of SMC2 India in information technology, development, cloud, data-driven solutions, and business services.  Govind also plays a significant role in supporting the development of innovative products and solutions based on new emerging market requirements.

Govind is an active advocate for lifelong learning and holds a degree in Engineering from Bangalore.

govind.sr@smc2.com

Jessica Parker

Jessica Parker

Senior Director, Client Success

Jessica Parker, PMP® is a multidimensional leader with the ability to drive both strategic and tactical priorities. Over the past 25+ years, Jessica has developed expertise in areas including executive leadership, financial management, project management, software quality assurance, business analysis, and data visualization. From a global perspective, she has worked with Fortune 500 companies and multinational teams in countries including Australia, Brazil, China, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Philippines, Switzerland, Uruguay.  In her current role as Senior Director, Client Success for SMC Squared, Jessica serves as a local partner responsible for the efficient and effective rollout of talent solutions for SMC Squared clients, whether they are augmenting an existing team or building an entire Global Capability Center.

She has presented at multiple IT conferences and published her book of practical leadership tips, Lead Yourself First, in 2018. With her passion for learning, Jessica has earned her Project Management Professional certification, master’s degree in business administration, Professional Scrum Master I certification, and Distinguished Toastmaster credential.

jessica.parker@smc2.com

Divya Smith

Divya Smith

Senior Director, Client Success

Divya Smith is a technology executive with deep expertise and experience directing and overseeing the delivery of dynamic customer-centric products for global corporations in retail, hospitality, healthcare, and financial services. Over the last 18+ years, Divya has professional experience in Product Development, Engineering, AI, DevOps, Operations and Support and has worked at multiple Fortune 500 companies, namely Target Corporation, United Health Group, US Bank, Hilton Worldwide Hotels and Securian Financial.

Divya has led digital teams through global digital transformation and strongly believes in the potential of global talent within a company. Her personal mission is to drive success for global companies while making a local and global impact on communities. She is also passionate about developing talent and women in technology.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Mathematics and an MBA in finance from University of Minnesota. Residing in Dallas, TX, Divya loves to spend time with her husband and two boys and going on hikes and bike rides.

divya.smith@smc2.com

Mari Kam Aipa

Mari Kam Aipa

Director, Marketing

With nearly 15 years of experience in marketing, Mari Kam Aipa, MMH is a digital marketer and leader recognized for her communication, creativity, team-building, and leadership skills. From startups to Fortune 100 companies, Mari has worked with organizations of all sizes across various industries to assist in managing and executing effective digital marketing strategies that strategically support company’s lead generation and increased business acquisition goals.

In her current role as Director of Marketing, Mari is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of strategic and corporate brand initiatives for SMC Squared. Mari holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, Creative Writing, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, and a Minor in Asian Studies from the University of Redlands.  She also holds a Master of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

mari.aipa@smc2.com

Gayathri V

Gayathri V

Senior Manager, Human Resources

With over a decade of successful experience managing Human Resource functions in multiple roles across organizations ranging from services to software to emerging markets, Gayathri helps support company’s business growth through leadership development, talent acquisition, performance management, and employee engagement.  She has worked with leaders across many lines of business to build and manage Human Resource organizations that reflect and support their dynamic business needs.

In her current role as Senior Manager, HR, Gayathri is responsible not only for recruiting the best and the brightest talent, but also ensuring that employees flourish as a part of the company family and culture.  Gayathri holds a degree in Business Management and a Master’s in Human Resource from Bangalore.

gayathri.v@smc2.com

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