Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another seven days and as usual there have been some moves made by those channel firms looking for a change in talent to drive growth

From channel account managers to those that have operated at the highest levels of distribution it has been another week of movement across the indirect world.

The It service specialist has appointed Paul Renucci as chief sales officer. His CV is full of household names, inc,luding Nortel, Damovo, Kcom and Juniper. “Given our plans and ambitions, it was important for us to bring someone into the team that has been central to the growth of organisations, both through organic and inorganic strategies, of which Paul has a proven track record,” said David Rabson, CEO of Acora. "As a board member he will also broaden and complement the existing team as we look to further scale the business in the coming months.”

NEC Display Solutions 
Chris Brzostowski has become a channel account manager joining the firm's partners based in the south of England. He has been working in the AV industry since 2011 and is already familiar with the vendor's product range. "We are highly focused on the needs of our customers and our experienced sales team is crucial to maintaining excellent support to our channel partners. I am delighted to welcome Chris to NEC and am confident that his knowledge and professional sales expertise will be an exceptional asset," said Helen Sheldrake, channel sales manager at NEC Display Solutions. 
The IT accessory firm has promoted its president to the role of CEO. Lynn Smurthwaite-Murphy has been with the firm since December 2016 and will now be tasked with driving growth at the firm. Paul Seed, who co-founded the business more than 33 years ago, will take up the position of executive chairman and owner. Before joining, Smurthwaite-Murphy previously served as the Executive Vice President at Westcon-Comstor North America. “In a relatively short time, Lynn has demonstrated superior leadership, strategic thinking, foresight and the ability to deliver exceptional results, and I am confident she is the right leader to take the company forward," said Seed.

The business resilience player has given Ryan Kazanciyan the chance to look after product vision and strategy in the CTO role. He has been with the firm since 2015 and was most recently chief product officer. “The acceleration of technology has left many organizations with complex and fragile IT environments, reliant on a fragmented ecosystem of products that undermine the problems they were meant to solve. At Tanium, we believe that adopting a unified approach to systems management and security is foundational to a resilient business that can withstand disruption," he said,


The wireless charging management player has made a couple of appointments bringing in the president and co-founder of Aruba Networks, Keerti Melkote who joins the Board and the vice president of AV Programs at Lyft, Nadeem Sheikh, who will be a strategic advisor. James McNiven has also joined as Chief Operating Officer and Ciaran Bradley as Chief Technology Officer. “It’s an exciting time to be joining Chargifi, we’re at an inflexion point in the wireless charging market that shares many of the same scaling opportunities as the early days of Wi-Fi. I look forward to working closely with the team as we do for power what Wi-Fi has done for connectivity”, said Melkote.

The satellite comms specialist is due to open a data centre in Cornwall this spring and has appointed Chris Roberts to run that side of the business. He comes with a CV spanning a couple of decades, including spells in senior roles at Pulsant, Datapipe and iomart. "Not only will the data centre appeal to the space and satellite industry but other enterprises will be attracted by the ability to collaborate and interoperate faster and more effectively,” said Robert.

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