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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another busy week as some senior appointments are made across the channel

You might be forgiven for thinking that the Summer is over given the amount of personnel moves that have continued to take place throughout August. The last week has seen a fair few executives on the move.


The rise in flexible working has helped the firm make its FASTdesk remote desktop platform become a standalone division. The growth on that side of the business will also require more bodies being hired with plans to recruit for 20 new roles, covering customer service, business development and technical experts. “The demand for flexible working solutions is driving the decision to make FASTdesk a standalone division. It needs its own oxygen to achieve its true potential," said UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones “Companies evolve and so do the needs of their workforce, so it’s important for businesses to offer flexible working options. I'll always be a big fan of teamwork and the energy generated within an office environment, but there are clearly many cases where working remotely makes perfect sense.”

The managed services solutions player has appointed Robert Petrocelli has joined its executive management team as chief technology officer (CTO). In this role, Petrocelli will be responsible for communicating the company’s technology vision and aligning strategy with its business goals to ensure it continues to meet the evolving needs of the MSP market. He joins Datto from Oracle, where he served as a senior software architect and directed a geographically distributed team. “Datto finds its inspiration by exploring new and different approaches to solving the biggest challenges facing both MSPs and SMBs today, and Bob shares that same curiosity and drive. Throughout his career, he has immersed himself in several different technologies and is fuelled by the desire to learn and challenge the status quo,” said Tim Weller, CEO, Datto.

Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia will join the company on 1 October as CEO, Salesforce UK and Ireland. From 2007 to 2018 she was chief executive of Virgin Money. “Jayne-Anne is one of the most respected CEOs in the UK and we are thrilled to welcome her to Salesforce,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and co-CEO, Salesforce and Keith Block co-CEO, Salesforce. “The UKI is our largest market outside the US and with Jayne-Anne's leadership we are well positioned to move into the next stage of growth and success for Salesforce, our customers, partners and communities."

The product experience platform player has decided that the time is right to appoint its first chief revenue officer. Steve Murphy, who has a CV that includes time spent at Oracle, Dell, Hitachi and Informatica, has been given the chance to bring his experience to bear in the CRo role. “Contentserv operates in a fascinating market with great growth opportunities in APAC, EMEA and the USA; it is also offering an extremely relevant and truly innovative solution to its customers. I believe Contentserv’s reputation and leadership will allow it to continue leading and capturing the untapped share of the market. I´m excited to help them create new opportunities by focusing on customer success. This will be fun," he said.

The AI analytics player has chosen Jason Atlas as its next CTO with the former Microsoft intelligence head coming on board to help the firm develop its strategy. As well as microsoft his CV also includes time as CTO of Adbrain, a start-up that was successful sold on to The Trade Desk. "He has a track record in running world leading development teams and brings a career of highly relevant experience, particularly within intelligent software systems and security. This is invaluable to us as we continue to develop our analytics platform and new software products. Jason’s knowledge, garnered from his time leading the Data Intelligence Team at Microsoft, where they still utilise his security platform, will be a considerable asset for Adarga as we continue on our strong growth trajectory," said Rob Bassett Cross, CEO of Adarga.

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