Seasoned and Accessible Leadership
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.
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.
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.
Senior Director, Client Success
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.
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.
Mari Kam Aipa
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.
Senior Manager, Human Resources
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.
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