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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

The quest for growth means the channel never sleeps and talent is always in demand leading to another busy few days of personnel moves

In between trawling the aisles at InfoSec, wondering where the Summer had gone on some grey days and getting ready for World Cup there have been some moves in the channel over the past week and a half.



The cloud access security broker has appointed Conor McGuiness as channel manager for the UK and Ireland. He joins from Palo Alto Networks and comes on board at a time when the firm is targeting growth across EMEA. His CV includes plenty of time in the networking space with Extreme Networks, Juniper Networks, Aruba Networks and Mobile Iron.  "Growing numbers of companies are turning to cloud-based security services to better protect their data.  Bitglass’ unique Next-Gen agentless architecture combines ease of deployment with real-time data and threat protection for any app on any device.  That’s a compelling proposition, and one that I’m excited to be working with," he said.



The distributor has hired Amanda Gascoyne to the role of sales manager for its Westcon UK & Ireland business. She comes with almost two decades of experience and will lead a team of 10 looking to gain more solution  and service opportunities for partners.  "For partners, their number one relationship is with their account manager, so I’m looking forward to ensuring even more partners forge great relationships with our vastly experienced, qualified and service-minded team," she said.



The technology consulting firm's managing partner Peter Mockler has opted not to stand for re-election after three terms and as a result Kiumars Hamidian will take over on 1 September. the firm employs 450 consultants in the UK and operates globally giving Hamidian, who has been with the firm for 22 years, the opportunity to make his mark on a large operation. "“We have extraordinary people and a very strong portfolio driven by the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. All of this will help me to guide the firm to the next level. We will go further with our mission of enabling European companies to become global leaders,” he said.



Network security player Tufin has decided the time is right to give Michael Menegay the chance to take the position of vice president of global channels. His three decades of work in the IT world includes time as the channel chief at McAfee Security and Macromedia and he has held senior positions at Dell. “His experience and knowledge of the channel put Tufin in an even greater position to ensure the success of our partners. I am confident that Michael will bring Tufin’s channel program to the next level as the company continues its rapid momentum," said senior vice president of global sales Kevin Maloney.



The channel player has revealed that Mike Trojecki has become vice president of Internet of Things and Analytics. The firm has created the role to put the firm in a position to get in the driving seat with the future growth areas. He joins from ePlus Technology and said that the introduction of more IoT technology had already had an impact on the market. "We are already seeing behavioural and social changes from the expansion of the IoT. Now is the time for organizations to arm themselves with the infrastructure required to handle the rapid expansion of data," he added.



The financial services software specialist has appointed Simon Paris as CEO. He is currently deputy CEO and will take over from Nadeem Syed as part of a planned succession process. Paris has already been influential at the firm spearheading its move into the cloud and will continue to transform the business into a platform company. "Finastra is in a unique position in the Fintech industry. We are changing the way in which financial software is developed, deployed and consumed in financial services," he said.

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