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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

It has been another few days of personnel changes in the industry as firm's of all shapes and sizes

It has been another busy week with plenty of appointments being made over the past seven days. Some have decided the time is to retire and pass on the baton to a fres generation and others are looking for skilled staffers to join their ranks.

The data management player has appointed Sanjay Mirchandani as President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board. He was previously running Puppet and will replace Bob Hammer who is retiring from the position of president and CEO, after two decades leading the firm. “Sanjay’s accomplishments at Puppet demonstrate a deep understanding of multi-cloud and cloud native applications,” said Commvault’s incoming Chairman, Nick Adamo. “We are confident he is the ideal person to build on Commvault’s current momentum and champion the rich heritage of combining innovation with unwavering focus on customer and partner success.”

The hyperconverged storage player has hired former Riverbed, Oracle and NetApp executive Davis Johnson to serve as vice president, federal. He joins at a time when the firm has experienced a 200% growth in its public sector customer base in the second half of its last fiscal year. “Federal organizations are focused on optimizing their infrastructure for cloud adoption, presenting a monumental opportunity for Cohesity,” said Johnson. “I look forward to working alongside the Cohesity team to drive federal adoption of the company’s easy-to-manage, web-scale platform for all secondary workloads.”

Colt Technology Services 
Mark Gilmour has become the firm's head of mobile connectivity solutions, with a brief to grow the business on that front. He has two decades of experience in the industry and most recently was at Ciena. “Colt’s network assets put it in the best possible position to be able to assist MNOs to define and cement their mobile backhaul strategies. While there’s a lot of talk in the market about 5G, there are many ways in which businesses can be making the most of their 4G networks," he said.

The cloud telephony player has given William Scully a chance to be responsible for all support and operational matters as operations director. Prior to joining Xelion, Will was head of R&D for TFM Networks. He has over 10 years' experience in the ICT industry including previous roles with Interoute, Easynet and Griffin. "With our rapid growth Will plays a crucial role in how we enhance the on-boarding process for new partners and supporting them through the initial learning curve. Will shall also be key in identifying future strategic partnerships to enhance the Xelion product offering," said Dave Reynolds, UK managing director at Xelion.

Exclusive Group 
The distributor has acquired Canadian cyber security player Fine Tec Canada at the same time as announcing the appointment of Laurent Daudré-Vignier as SVP North America. “I look forward to working with the Fine Tec Canada team and bringing them into the Exclusive family. As the 10th largest economy in the world, Canada represents a huge market opportunity for our partner base and we are confident in the success we can achieve over the coming years," he said. The distributor clearly likes firms with the name Fine Tec and this deal comes 18 months after the firm acquired US-based VAD Fine Tec – a separately owned and staffed organisation, but with similar business models, operating principles and vendor portfolios.

CSA Catapault 
Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult has rolled out the red carpet to welcome a new non-executive director to its board and has appointed a Chief Commercial Officer. Non-executive director Angela Noon, CFO Siemens UK and Ireland, joined the board and will be lending her expertise to the audit and risk committee. Amar Abid-Ali, who comes from leading a large business development team at Future Electronics, becomes COO. " I see this as a great opportunity to help drive the major technological change that compound semiconductors will bring and make the UK competitive in the related industries," he said.


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