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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

There have been a mixture of personnel changes across the channel in the past seven days

There have been a few significant appointments over the past few days at a board and executive level with firms bringing on board experienced heads to help guide the next stage of growth.

The firm has welcomed Peter Ryan on board as non-executive chairman, taking up that position in May with Greg Lock retiring from the position after an 11 year stint. Ryan has been on the board since February last year and has been selected after a special nomination committee looked at both internal and external candidates. He has more than three decades of experience in the industry and in the past 11 years has spent time as chief sales officer with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, chief client officer at Logica and executive vice president, global sales and services with Sun Microsystems. Mike Norris, CEO, said: “Greg Lock has lead the Company for the last 11 years, a period which has seen significant change and strong performance. I thank Greg personally and on behalf of the Company for his enthusiasm, commitment and great leadership during his time as Chairman. My fellow Board Members and I are confident that Peter's personal qualities and extensive, relevant, international sector experience will lead us through the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The cloud migration specialist has turned to former Webroot staffer Kent Sieckman to come on board as vice president, worldwide service and support. his CV also includes time at CA and Oracle with a strong track record working on the customer support side of operations. “Focused on providing a world-class experience to our partners, we are excited to welcome Kent to the team,” said Eric White, President at Axcient. “This newly created position will place an even greater focus on our commitment to MSPs, and Kent’s deep knowledge in building processes and operations to support our partners will enable Axcient to meet the growing business needs of our partner community now and into the future.”

The cyber security player is looking to ramp up its channel relationships with mark Edge joining as chief revenue officer. He will be concentrated on developing channel partnerships to build the business in UK & Ireland, while leveraging partnerships to drive business globally. He will be involved in recruiting new partners and delivering further value for existing partners such as Cloud Distribution, QA, SCOPE, Caretower, and Intuition. he has a deep knowledge of the industry with time at IBM, Citrix, A10 Networks, WatchDox and Brainloop. "My mission now is to realise CybSafe’s full potential and to accelerate our growth in the channel. I’m thrilled to be joining the team and look forward to making an impact," he said.

The cloud data management specialist has given Brett Shirk the chance to make an impact as chief revenue officer. Most recently he was at VMware, as senior vice president and general manager, Americas. “Brett has been the architect behind a number of the industry’s most successful sales organizations,” said Bipul Sinha, Rubrik Co-founder and CEO. “His unparalleled expertise scaling world-class teams, ability to capitalize on changing market dynamics, dedication to partners, and customer-first mentality will be invaluable to Rubrik as we continue our global expansion.”

The open-source player has appointed Brigid MacDonald as chief people office in a role that involves overseeing human resources and employee experience. She comes with two decades worth of experience in the technology and healthcare sectors working in human capital departments. “The culture of any organization is a critical foundation to its success. My first priority is to focus on continuing to build and nurture Alfresco’s open and transparent culture to empower every Alfrescan to do magical things for our customers. I am excited to join this team to foster an environment where our employees truly love their jobs and the software they are building," she said.

Scale Computing
The firm has made a double appointment with Dan Pierce and Marlena Fernandez being appointed to the roles of vice president of strategic sales and vice president of marketing respectively. Pierce has a career that includes time at ProClarity, Microsoft, Clearwater Analytics and Calgary Scientific. Fernandez comes from a background that includes spells at Symantec, Avoka, Seagate Technology and Oracle. “Dan and Marlena both bring extensive experience to help propel our company’s growth worldwide, with retailers, distributed enterprises and SMBs,” said Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder, Scale Computing. “Our ability to successfully partner with OEMs was a big focus in 2018, as seen through our partnerships with Lenovo, BCDVideo, Ingram Micro and APC by Schneider Electric. Starting with that base, we expect this to be an exciting and continued area of high growth in 2019.”

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