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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

A fair few appointments have caught the eye with quite a lot of shuffling at the very highest levels of management in some cases over the past week

It has been a week for senior appointments with several firms deciding the time is right to paint a new name on the CEO's door. As always the latest raft of appointments have been made in the quest to gain growth.

The networking and security player has appointed James Parker as CEO taking over from Chris MacFarland who is taking up the positions of executive chairman and CTO. Parker has more than two decades in the industry, including spells at Microsoft, Century Link and Tata Communications. “We are very excited to have James join the company. Our shared vision is for Masergy to become a $1B+ revenue company by significantly outpacing our competition with rapid product innovation and the industry’s best customer experience," said MacFarland.

Protected Networks
The access rights management player has set its sights on gaining more EMEA expansion with the decision to appoint a senior channel sales manager. Duncan Mee has been given the chance to make a difference. He has a CV that includes time at Dimension Data, Pointesec/Check point and Netscout. His appointment has been described as the first step in a bigger growth strategy. “It’s important that we establish mutually beneficial, successful and rewarding partnerships. Having held roles in reseller and vendor environments, I can bring those experiences together in understanding and meeting customer’s business and technical needs” he said.

Gabrielle Deeny is a name that those operating in enterprise applications will get to know as she takes up a post as global head of alliances and channels. Her key task will be to drive partner business growth. She has enjoyed spells at Microsoft, EMC, Wipro & ABB, where she was Global VP Alliances & Channel Sales. "Our success will also be reliant on our partner ecosystem, ensuring we have the right mix of enabled and accredited partners is of paramount importance. IFS is in excellent shape to grow its global footprint through existing and new alliances. I look forward to working with the IFS team and our trusted partners to continue to deliver best-in-class solutions to our mutual customers," she said.

It's time for the sign writers to get busy and painting the name of Charles Meyers into the president and CEO office door. he has been at the firm since 2010 running the Americas and takes over from Peter Van Camp who has been interim CEO since the start of the year. “Charles is an outstanding leader who has been a major contributor to Equinix’s success over the past eight years, playing critical roles in the company as we have quadrupled in size, growing from $1.2Bn in revenue to the $5Bn plus we expect to generate this year,” said Van Camp, who returns to his role as executive chairman for Equinix.

The security firm has appointed Kevin Mosher as chief revenue officer. He has a track record of delivering results and helped take ArcSight's revenues from $4m to $700m in seven years. “After completing extensive due diligence on our market opportunity and product maturity, Kevin joins at a time when Bromium is poised for rapid growth with a differentiated, market-leading solution. Along with his network of trusted CIO, CISO, sales, and partner relationships, Kevin’s expertise running high-performing field and channel organizations makes him the ideal leader for increased customer time to value and growth," said Gregory Webb, CEO of Bromium.

VCW Security
In a move designed to meet the growing demand it faces the firm has made a double appointment bringing on board Mark Thomas as Regional Sales Manager and Gordon Laverick as Senior Business Development Manager. The lucky duo will have a chance to build relationships with resellers in their new roles. “Gordon and Mark have extensive experience of creating and maintaining invaluable business partnerships as well as a deep understanding of the markets in which we operate. They will play a leading role in building and supporting VCW’s channel network as we continue to add new and innovative IT security, network analytics and data protection solutions that further extend our market leadership,” said Gareth Morris, sales director at VCW Security.

The open cloud business integration platform player has given Andrew Pearson the role as deputy CEO, based in the UK. He comes with a strong background in the cloud software world and has worked at a senior level in the industry at various outfits, including most recently Lightwave. "Maestrano has tremendous technology and premium customers around the world that provide a great foundation for value creation together with our partners, employees and other stakeholders," he said.

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