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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?
Lots of appointments this week as some firms shuffle their executive packs in the hunt for growth
The last week has seen more personnel changes across the industry with quite a few in channel facing roles. The motivation for the movement as always is to try and get the right formula for growth.
The firm has welcomed former Cisco and Purple staffer Eric Law to the position of vice president of EMEA sales. He has lived in Spain for 22 years and as well as developing a passion for Real Madrid football team has also gained a firm grip on the EMEA market. “Eric is a highly-regarded industry leader who strategically supports partner, enterprise and channel communities to drive business success,” said Bart Giordano, Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Sales. “We’re confident that Eric will help grow our existing efforts in EMEA, and we’re excited to welcome him to the Ruckus pack.”
The security specialist has turned to Ghazal Asif to become senior vice president of Worldwide Channels. She has a track record working with partners and was formerly in a similar position at AppDynamics and Meraki. "Ghazal is a proven channel leader, and the impact and value she is already bringing to Cybereason is undeniable. We are super excited to have her driving our broad global channel expansion,” said Lior Div, CEO and co-founder, Cybereason. “Cybereason is rapidly expanding across the world with channel partners, integrators, and MSSPs that bring a strong desire to be successful and bring value to our joint customers.”
The software asset manegement specialist has opened the doors to its founder who started the firm 15 years ago. He has spent the last few years working for SAM consultancies and will be able to lean on that experience in his second stint at the firm. “It is with great delight and excitement that I return to License Dashboard, the company I helped to create. Having spent a number of the last few years as an independent SAM consultant, I return with a fresh perspective on the challenges SAM managers face. I have felt their pains and tried all the tools on the market, from the major global players to the more niche solutions. I know what works and what doesn’t, and where improvements can be made to improve value for the end user," he said.
The VDI player has given Frank Pulliam the chance to make a difference in the role of channel sales manager for North America. He has a CV that includes plenty of time working in the managed services world, most recently as partner and vice president for ComSys. “Having been a managed services provider for more than a decade and delivering services powered by CloudJumper for years, I have a deep understanding of the opportunities available to partners,” noted Pulliam. “CloudJumper has made great strides in the channel and I look forward to helping the company further support partners, especially in the mid-market, where a large portion of my time has been centered.”
The UC specialist has appointed James Davidson to the position of Chief Operating Officer. He has held senior operations roles at MeetingZone, Atia Communications and most recently delivered board-level consultancy to several companies in the industry. His main task will be making sure that the firm delivers excellent customer service. “We’re as much about people as we are about innovation, and James’ background fulfils both elements of our ethos. Digital transformation has evolved from a buzzword to a source of competitive advantage and value creation for businesses. With James’ help SIPCOM will empower more businesses as we grow," said CEO Daniel Allen.
The open source player has looked for someone with plenty of industry experience to come on board as chief product office. Tony Grout, with time at Atlassian, Skype. Microsoft and IBM engineering fitted the bill. “I’ve spent my whole career at the intersection of enterprise and startup. My most valuable skill is being able to use an organization's strengths to help them move to their sweet spot along the enterprise-startup spectrum. I’m excited about the work Alfresco is doing, and to be joining the company at this moment of incredible business growth and product evolution," he said.
Kirill Tatarinov, a business and technology executive with more than 30 years of enterprise software industry experience joined has joined firm's Board of Directors. His name will be familiar to those that follow the fortunes of Citrix as that was his last berth as CEO. “We are pleased to welcome another strong leader to our board of directors. Kirill’s experience in identifying opportunities and driving profitability will help Acronis to reach its ambitious strategic goals," said Serguei Beloussov, Acronis founder and executive officer.
The technology consultancy has promoted Amanda Bunney to marketing director with a brief to promote new products from Brickendon Digital. She has been with the firm since February 2017. “I am proud to have contributed to the brand’s development and to be recognised for my part in the progress we have made," she added “I am excited about the next phase of Brickendon’s progression, and in particular taking the new products and the Brickendon brand to the next level. No two days at Brickendon are ever the same and that is how I like it.”