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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

What do Lenovo, NTT Security, Redstor and Red Box, to name a few, have in common? They have all recruited some fresh faces this week

Another busy week with plenty of channel changes to report on. From vendors to resellers there have been chances this week to usher in some fresh talent.

Lenovo
Jane Ashworth will join the firm from the start of next month as director of channel and SMB. She comes from education tech player SMART and has a CV that includes time in senior roles at HP and Sony. Her brief is very much written in the job title with a chance to increase sales via partners into the small business market.  “I’m very much looking forward to working with our channel partners to strengthen partnerships and support them in their delivery of tomorrow’s technology today. Lenovo is a strong, dynamic company with an enviable product portfolio and talented team. The refreshed channel programmes are helping streamline processes for channel partners and I’m excited about joining the company and supporting Lenovo’s ambition to grow the business alongside our channel partners," she said.

NTT Security
Azeem Aleem has been appointed as vice president consulting and head of its UK & Ireland business. He has just finished a six year stint at RSA security and has a strong reputation in the security industry. “Azeem is a very experienced cybersecurity expert and leader with a strong global background and I am very glad to welcome him to NTT Security. He will strengthen our UK management team, but also contribute, based on his extensive experience, to the success of our EMEA organisation,” said Kai Grunwitz, senior vice president EMEA at NTT Security.

Redstor
The firm is on a mission to treble its revenues by 2020 and has decided that the time is right to bring on board a new chairman. the cloud data management player has turned to Mark Howling to fill the role. he has a career that spans three decades and will be helping the firm identify organic growth and acquisition opportunities. “We are very excited to have Mark join at such a significant time. In the last year we have grown our cloud data management offering by more than 30% internationally. We are now looking to accelerate further with heavy investments in our marketing and development teams as we pursue our vision to become the UK’s company of choice for the control and protection of data," said Redstor founder and chief executive Paul Evans.

Alert Logic
The channel will get a chance to add the name Christopher Rajiah in their contacts books as he takes up the role of senior vice president of Worldwide Alliances and Partnerships. This is a new position and he comes with two decades of working with partners at places like Rackspace, Extreme Networks and Equinix. “I joined Alert Logic because the company has demonstrated distinction with its market-leading solutions, a firm commitment to operational excellence and a strong vision for the future. My focus will be to accelerate partners’ ability to help their customers understand their security exposures to cyber risks and demonstrate turn-key, managed SaaS mitigations with best-in-class economics to solve these problems, adding value for their customer base."

Flashpoint
The business risk intelligence specialist has given Roy Pickard the chance to make an impact as channel sales manager for EMEA. He is the first appointment in the EMEA global channel programme team and he will be leading recruitment, development and enablement initiatives for partners. “We are thrilled to be further ramping up the presence of our Global Channel Program in EMEA. Not only will Roy’s extensive experience bolstering channel portfolios provide Flashpoint with ample opportunity to forge and develop lasting partnerships in the region, it will also enable us to empower even more organisations with the meaningful intelligence they need to combat the threats and adversaries they face,” said Brian Costello, svp global sales and solution architecture, Flashpoint.

Sherpa
The channel marketing agency have given Lee Walker, the former business development director at Stylus, the chance to take on a fresh challenge as client services director. he will be heading up the operations team. Sherpa CEO, Tom Perry said: “Sherpa has a wide range of clients, made up of some of the largest companies in the tech space at present and as our client base grows and the marketing landscape continues to change, so do the required skillsets of our core team. I am a big believer of championing our team and investing in them, so ensuring the right person stepped in to the role of Client Services Director has been paramount."

Red Box
The voice specialist has appointed Alison Young as COO with a brief to help the firm improve service and delivery. She has been working with the firm as a consultant for the last 18 months, with a CV that also includes time at Focus Solutions, Standard Life and HP: “I’m delighted to be joining the Red Box Senior Executive team, having worked with them over the last 18 months as a consultant and witnessing the enormous potential for the business. I look forward to helping improve efficacy on the end-to-end business processes around delivery and service of Red Box’s industry-leading platform.”

Avaloq
Michael Pahlke has been appointed Chief Service Delivery Officer, joining the Avaloq Group Executive Board on 1 November. He will be tasked on expanding the firm’s global operational and technological capabilities. This appointment has been described as being another "significant step in the company’s evolution to becoming an integrated banking service provider on global scale". Pahlke joins from Credit Suisse where he has led several global and Swiss Solution Delivery units in technology and operations as managing director for different divisions. Prior to that he worked for a consulting company advising clients in the financial services and high-tech sector.

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