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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another working week and some more channel appointments and promotions to report on

Another five days has passed in the world of the channel and there have been appointments and promotions across all tiers.

Lenovo
The hardware vendor has promoted Francois Bornibus to president EMEA from the start of next month. He will be reporting into Luca Rossi, who continues to hold responsibility for both EMEA and the Latin America markets. Bornibus has been EMEA COO since 2012 and has also been involved with the acquisitions of IBM's System X division and Motorola Mobility.

Rubrik
The cloud data management player has appointed former Commvault staffer Yvonne Prest as UK channel manager. The firm wanted to add more support for partners and deemed the time was right to make a formal appointment of a channel expert. Prest said that she would be identifying those partners that wanted to be successful with the vendor and would make sure they were supported. Alex Rastrick, director WEUR at Rubrik, said that Prest's appointment was 'a necessary step'. "With the run rate of the business it was a necessary step to have a good channel head in the UK," he said.

Channel Mechanics
The channel enablement SaaS player has hired Jay McBain as a strategic advisor to help it develop a global strategy and identify new market segments. McBain has a long track record working in the channel and should help the player develop its business even further. "Jay brings a vast market knowledge with him and will provide us with strategic guidance on taking Channel Mechanics to the next level” said Channel Mechanics' CEO Kenneth Fox.

Commvault
Former Cisco staffer Ed Baker has been appointed director of alliances EMEA with a brief to develop the vendor's programmes and strengthen partner relations. He was formerly director for data centre incubator sales EMEAR at Cisco. "This role provides an opportunity for me to add real value for our customers by simplifying the way Commvault’s offerings can be integrated into wider, partner delivered, service offerings ,” said Baker.

Frontline Consultancy
The ERP and managed services specialist has promoted Caine Fearn as its managing director with the former incumbent Bill Milligan taking on the role as company chairman. Caine has been with the firm for a decade, most recently in the position of sales director. “I was very pleased to be offered the position of Managing Director by Bill who has led Frontline so well for over 25 years. As a business we work closely with our clients to ensure they maximise the available efficiencies from their IT investment; saving them time and money," said Caine.

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