Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another busy seven days in the channel with a few weeks left in the year for some fresh faces to start to make an impression

If there is a loose theme to the personnel movements in the channel in the past seven days then it would be storage. The time seems to have been right for a few of those firms specialising in looking after data to make a change of their own with some fresh blood.

Systems Technology
The managed print player has hired Nick Jones as London sales manager working out of the firm's fresh office in the capital/ he comes with more than a decade in the print and copier world with spells at Canon and Kyocera. “We believe Nick’s expertise will contribute to our growth and help us continue to excel in our field. We hold our customers at the heart of everything we do and are very much concerned with making sure they are fully benefiting from our services. Nick’s customer-centric and ethical approach makes him perfect for Systems Technology," said Jason Spencer, director at Systems Technology.

Ascertus Limited
The lifecycle management firm that focuses on the legal sector has made a string of appointments to support its expanding customer base. Alison Rix has come on board as Project Manager, George Bertolis as Account Manager, Baljinder Hayre as Technical Support Manager and Cesar Illana as Pre-sales Consultant. “We have had a phenomenal year thus far and we are very conscious of not stretching ourselves in a way that compromises the quality of the service we deliver,” said Roy Russell, CEO of Ascertus Limited. “Good service delivery and customer satisfaction requires all the components – project management, technical support and account management – to work in unison as a team. These new appointments are key for us – Alison, George, Baljinder and Cesar all have the right skills and knowledge for our business and the sectors we operate in. All of them have hit the ground running.”  

The open source firm has turned to Matt Eckersall to become regional director of EMEA West region. He will be responsible for all sales and go-to-market strategies across the region.  He has spent more than two decades in the industry, including time at Microsoft and Oracle, working on the cloud front at both firms. “As all companies navigate the process of digital transformation, they are competing to increase agility, manage complexity and reduce cost. With more than 25 years of experience under its belt, SUSE is perfectly placed to help organisations meet these business requirements. Alongside its partners, the company is adept at delivering first-class enterprise solutions and engineering excellence to its customers while consistently developing truly open, open source solutions," said Eckersall.

John Majeski, the head of solutions and software defined infrastructure at Lenovo, has joined as an observer on the board of directors to help guide the strategy at the firm. “As Lenovo’s software-defined infrastructure business continues to expand, John’s experience and perspective will be invaluable in helping chart our course now and into the future,” said Michael Tso, CEO and co-founder, at Cloudian. “We look forward to his contributions as we work to meet the ever-growing demand for object storage in the enterprise.”

Scale Computing
Driving growth through the chanenl is going to be one of the tasks for Mark Sproson as he takes up the position of country manager for UK and Ireland at the firm. He has a long background in the storage world, with spells at Nexsan, Quantum Storage and CA Technologies. “Awareness and the benefits of hyperconvergence have really picked up in the past few years, and we are seeing many businesses proactively look for this technology. Scale Computing has a great product, that offers much needed scalability, high availability, and ease of use. I’m looking forward to working with the team, this is an exciting time to join the company, as it looks to continue to grow its presence across EMEA," he said.

The AI specialist has given Jeff Heenan-Jalil the chance to make a difference as CEO of Europe. He arrives at a time when the firm is looking to expand its channel partner programme. Previously he was at Wipro, where he ran the health division. “What excites me about IPsoft, the technology mirrors human conversation and automates the Enterprise. In my 20+ years of being in business, I have never seen this level of sophistication”, said Heenan-Jalil. “We’re entering a significant inflection point in the artificial intelligence (AI)’s maturity curve, where organisations move beyond simple RPAs or chatbots and the market expects demonstrable and robust business benefits.”

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