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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

No time for applying the sun cream and firing up the BBQ for those working in personnel departments in the channel

It has been a sun soaked last seven days but that hasn't stopped personnel moves in the channel. Some have chosen to walk off into the sunset but for others it is a new dawn and a chance to show they can make an impact in a fresh challenge.



The firm has appointed Gill Holloway as director of operations for EMEA. She has proved that she has what it takes in a career at the firm that spans two decades. “This change supports our constant evolution and business growth, ensuring we have a truly client centric approach. We’re thrilled to appoint Gill, a successful leader who has had such a strong career with us, and give her the opportunity to drive similar success through our operations teams. This is an exciting time for us and our clients," said Russell Leighton, senior vice president finance and operations EMEA at Insight.



Neil Bramley is calling time on his 23 year stint at the firm and that means Nick Offin gets the chance to step into the role of head of sales, marketing and operations - Northern Europe. Bramley will be remembered for numerous roles at the firm, many of them channel facing and he is pursuing personal objectives outside his professional role. Offin has been handling B2B sales across Northern Europe and said that the experience in that role would benefit him in his next challenge. “Over the past five years, expanding my remit beyond partner-driven activity to include a wide variety of market approaches has given me the chance to focus on the strategic growth of the business from a truly international level. I’m looking forward to continuing to support and nurture strong customer relationships across our key vertical sectors and steer the businesses’ marketing and sales efforts during a genuinely exciting time for us.”



Most of the recent focus on the telecoms specialist has been around its recent double acquisitions of acquisition of B2B voice, mobile, data and video communications reseller DV02 and EE direct partner Voice Mobile. But just after those moves Neil Muller decided it was time to end his three and half year stint as CEO and exit the business. Founder, Matt Riley, has chosen to being himself back in as executive chairman of the company and hinted that he intends taking the firm in a different direction from his predessor.



Most hires are made with the intention of improving the business but it is pretty black and white for Dab Havens who takes up a position as chief growth officer at Acronis. In this role, Havens will be responsible for all strategic and enterprise engagements, including strategic partnerships in motorsport and expanding Acronis footprint in the aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, and datacenter industries. His background includes time spent at HPE, and Odin. “Acronis has the pillars within its portfolio to address the biggest challenges facing corporate IT today. The sheer amount of data being produced and the requirement to protect, defend and drive value from this data has become a monumental challenge to corporate IT. It is now Dan Havens’ responsibility to prove it,” said Jan-Jaap Jager, chief revenue officer at Acronis.



The firm has recruited CJ Wimley to become its president and chief customer officer. Wimley has a 30 year career and joins from TeamDynamix, where he was CEO. “I’ve said this time and again – we only succeed when our customers succeed. So it should come as no surprise that I’ve chosen a proven leader with a long track record of customer success management to lead this most important function,” said Fred Voccola, CEO, Kaseya. “Our technologies serve as the backbone to our customers’ businesses, and as such, we have a tremendous responsibility to ensure their success. I have no doubt that the wealth of knowledge and experience CJ brings will not only strengthen our customer relationships, but more importantly, enable our customers to take their business to the next level.”



The Tier-1 Microsoft CSP has made a couple of senior appointments with Ellie Soleymani becoming director of marketing and Mark Lipscomb getting the chance to impress as director of customer success. Soleymani joins from Mobile Labs and has a strong background in technology marketing and Lipscomb has been around for more than two decades and joins from Pavelcomm. "The our focus with experienced executives who will support our success as demand for Azure-based cloud services and our unique brand of managed IT solutions continues to increase," said Jon Thomsen, CEO of Atmosera.

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