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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

The channel moves continue to stack up regardless of the summer holidays

The summer is drawing to a close but the personnel changes continue to come as channel firms look for the right expertise to improve their fortunes.

The cloud and connectivity services player has made a double appointment with Mark Allen, joining as cloud overlay specialist and Steve Briant, getting the role of sales director for the South. Jenny Davies, CEO at M247 said: “I’m excited to welcome both Steve and Mark to the company, and have every confidence that their efforts will provide positive experiences for our customers. Throughout our business growth, our focus is to create a world class team with a genuine customer centric approach to ensure M247 is the go-to provider for connectivity and cloud services. These two new appointments will contribute to this goal; adding value to our business success and customer journeys”.


Joss Penfold has been given the chance to make an impact at the cloud-based DDoS protection player as the firm's new UK & Ireland regional director to drive sales and channel in the region. he comes on-board after a recent spell at Oracle. “Joss has a strong background in customer acquisition and delivering on key business performance metrics. His in-depth experience of the sector will enable him to target the right customers and he will provide an invaluable contribution to Link11’s ambitious growth plans," said Eduard Meelhuysen, vice president sales EMEA of Link11.  


The security ratings specialist has given Michael Sweeney the chance to lead the firm's channel programme as vice president of worldwide alliances & channels. Prior to this move he was vice president cloud and global account sales at Palo Alto Networks and has worked at NetApp, EMC and Citigroup. "With a world-class security ratings platform we needed to reinforce our team with the industry's best executives to lead and support our channel and alliances programs. The extension into EMEA and APAC is further solidifying our hold on the market, as the SecurityScorecard platform currently has over 1 million scorecards used for self-assessment, third party risk, M&A and cybersecurity insurance," said Bill Hogan, CRO at SecurityScorecard.


Lee Fletcher has been given the nod as channel manager for UK and Ireland and will have responsibility for the firm's UK distributors. He comes with more than 15 years worth of experience in the telecom sector and comes from a recent spell as business channel development manager at Yealink.   "I’ve really enjoyed meeting some of our partners, distributors and resellers and can’t wait to see what the future holds with the business," he said.


The data centre infrastructure player has appointed Martin Kandziora as senior marketing manager. He joins from Rittal, where he was in a similar senior marketing role. “Martin is an excellent fit for Panduit, he has demonstrated his capabilities to drive marketing campaigns for similar organisations across the region. This is a period of transformation across our target markets and marketing is an essential building block for Panduit. Martin’s experience in marketing across EMEA will be highly valuable as we continue to develop our customer base and revenues over the coming years," said Ralph Lolies, managing director, Panduit EMEA.

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