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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

A fresh channel face at Vodafone and a new boss at LogRhythm are just a couple of the highlights from the past week

There are some fresh faces for the channel to get to know with some shuffling happening in a few senior roles over the last few days.

The comms specialist has a fresh face in its head of partnerships and alliances role after Helen freestone left to pursue other activities. Former BT staffer Kathy Quashie has taken up the role and will be dealing with the firm's channel partners. She has also been given the nod to recruit some more to widen the firm's reach in the B2B space. Most recently she has been leading the major business team at BT and has a CV that includes time at Carphone Warehouse, TalkTalk Group and The Royal Bank. “This is an exciting time to join Vodafone. The recent launch of 5G and Business Unlimited - and our breadth of solutions spanning mobile, fixed, converged and IoT - bring huge opportunities for partners. I’m really looking forward to helping them maximise opportunities from working with Vodafone. It’s our ambition to be the go-to Digital Partner for UK businesses; our partners are critical in helping us achieve this goal," she said.

The security player has turned to Mark Logan to become its CEO. Most recently, he served as president of Attunity, a leading provider of data integration and big data management software solutions and a division of Qlik. Previously, he also served in the CEO roles of WealthEngine, a data-driven consumer analytics business, and Rivermine, a business analytics company. “LogRhythm’s customers run some of the most sophisticated and effective enterprise security operations in the world, and the LogRhythm platform is an indispensable part of how they detect, investigate and neutralise advanced threats. I look forward to working closely with our customers and business partners to drive our shared success to new levels,” said Logan.

The firm has reached out to a cyber security veteran, Gerhard Eschelbeck, to join its advisory board to gain insight into the development of the business. He was the former Google vice president of security and privacy engineering and is a regular speaker at industry events. “I am excited to join at a time when Qualys is providing its groundbreaking Global IT Asset Discovery and Inventory app to the community as a free service, so we all can regain the visibility we lost due to the fragmented nature of IT, the rapid growth of IoT, and the move to the cloud. Global IT Inventory is one of the biggest challenges for organizations and the cornerstone of security," he said.

the security player has handed Vita Santrucek the chance to make an impact as GM of Avast Business, which was launched earlier this year. He comes with a CV that includes two decades worth of experience, including spells at Oracle, Sun Microsystems and a year as vice president of engineering at Avast. He replaces Kevin Chapman who is retiring after having previously led Avast Business through the integration process after the major acquisition of AVG Technologies in 2016. "“This has been a watershed year for Avast Business as we defined our small and mid-size business strategy to focus tightly on security, which is our core expertise as a company," said Santrucek.

The SaaS-based archiving specialist has welcomed former OpenText CEO John Shackleton to take up the position of chairman of the Board. He will be bringing his experience to bear as the firm plots out its next phase of global expansion. "I’m excited to be working with Preservica at this time. They have a disruptive SaaS-based platform that uniquely addresses the challenge of ensuring digital content is accessible and usable over decades," said Shackleton.

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