Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

A busy week with senior executives being appointed at a number of firms to help steer the ship and get more out of channel relationships

A number of appointments have caught the eye this weel as firms across the channel look to shore up their talent with some fresh faces. Partners can expect to be dealing with some of the folk introduced below as they set about making the world a better place.

The cyber security player has given Ashley Isaak a chance to have a positive impact on its global channel programme in the role as director of business operations. She will be dealing with all aspects of product management, business processes, analytics and sales operations for the partner programme. Her CV includes time at AVG Technologies and plenty of experience with channel programmes. "Avast Business is committed to protecting small and medium businesses worldwide, and investing in the right team to deliver the right solutions is central to this goal,” said Kevin Chapman, senior vice president and general manager, Avast Business Division.

Kamran Farooq has come on board as sales manager and industry expert with a brief to help the data capture specialist deepen its footprint in vertical markets. He has a strong background in the automation world and will bring some of the knowledge to bear in the way the firm works with the channel. "I’m looking forward to getting closer to our end user cliental so that we can understand their needs better, and then empower our partners to deliver solutions that provide their desired business outcomes," he said.

The data threat management player has turned to software industry veteran Dan Schoenbaum to take up the position of presiden-market and COO. That role will include looking after the firm's go-to-market efforts. "My background with going to market with strategic security platforms aligns with RiskIQ perfectly. Thus far, RiskIQ's growth has been largely organic, but through the channel and strategic partners, that growth can become exponential," he said.

The UC provider has decided that now is the time to introduce a country head. Joe Casari has been appointed the first ever UK head and will be handling the running of the country and the relationship with Yealink China. “There is huge potential to grow the Yealink business in the UK and Ireland,” said Casari “It has become a technology powerhouse and my role is to further accelerate double digit growth and build on Yealink’s renowned industry pedigree.” He comes from the firm's distributor Nimans and before that had a spell at Promethean and Dolphin Telecom.

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The Microsoft focused recruitment specialist has appointed Annie Andrews as head of technology. In her role she will be indentifying new tech and making sure the firm has the talent to serve the latest demands. “Seeing the word Azure on someone’s CV, for example, can mean many different things on first glance,” said Andrews. “It makes sense that standard recruiters struggle to differentiate the skills of different candidates, resulting in contractors being put forward for jobs that aren’t suited to their skills. It’s important to understand the subtleties on candidates’ CVs, and that’s where I come in.”

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