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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Holidays are for wimps and those working in the HR departments across the channel never take a break with the appointments continuing to clock up

The channel is a people business and there has been more evidence over the past few days of just why talent matters. Firms across all areas of the market have extended the job offers to those that they believe will help them achieve their growth ambitions.

F5 Networks
Mary Gardner has been given the chance to make an impression at the security firm in the role of CIO. Her role will include making sure that the vendor's own data is protected and remains on the right side of compliance regulations. She previously held a similar CISO role at Seattle Children's Hospital before joining F5. “Security is top of mind for any organization, and having a sharp, adaptable leader in place is essential,” said Tony Bozzuti, CIO and svp of information technology at F5.

Olive Communications
The cloud player has appointed Brett Morris as CFO to give the firm some financial leadership as it looks to grow revenues further. His background in various roles working with tech firms looking for growth, both as consultant and in private equity, should be useful for Olive. “From a market position perspective Olive is ideally positioned to take advantage of emerging market opportunities. My experience in building effective funding structures combined with my knowledge of leading finance functions as they evolve in the context of “as-a-service” technology businesses, aligns with the Olive trajectory. I look forward to applying my experience and business acumen to enable further expansive growth," he said.

The cloud data management player continues to strengthen its senior team, bringing on Peter McGoff as chief legal officer and Jeff Vijungco as chief people officer. Both are fresh roles at Rubrik. “Rubrik has achieved unprecedented growth in the last four years and we continue to invest in key talent as we enter our next chapter,” said Rubrik co-founder and CEO, Bipul Sinha. McGoff has worked most recently as chief legal officer and corporate secretary at Box. Vijungo also has a strong background coming on board after a spell as vice president of employee experience and global talent at Adobe.

The firm recently brought on board a technical consultant and has followed that up with a triple hiring. Zak Ali joins as project manager, Warren Matthews as solutions architect and Maggie Lai as business development executive. “Customer care underpins our business strategy and it is bearing results. The quality of our professionals is fundamental to our growth and so naturally, we are very watchful that we employ the right people with the right experience and expertise in all the roles,” Roy Russell, CEO of Ascertus Limited, said. “Zak, Warren and Maggie have the expertise we need, but also gel well in the overall organisation, they have the vital interpersonal skills alongside the technical expertise. This kind of cohesion is important for smooth and efficient delivery of service. Additionally, they have the necessary understanding of corporate legal departments in the finance industry, a sector where we are gaining good traction for our services.”

Next Generation Data (NGD)
The firm has decided that the time is right for a fresh managing director and has handed the baton to Justin Jenkins. He has the advantage of being familiar with the firm having been data centre director, CTO and most recently COO. "NGD began ten years ago with a vast empty 750,000 sq ft building in South Wales. We have succeeded in transforming it into Europe’s largest data centre facility, capable of meeting and exceeding the demands of a growing list of blue chip enterprise organisations and hyperscale cloud providers. Along the way we have proved the business model for large out of town data centres while at the same time raising the bar for data centre resilience, security, environmental and operational excellence. I look forward to taking the business forward to the next level," he said.

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