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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Changes in personnel worth noting this week at Googe Cloud, Lexmark, AOC/MMD and Qualitest

Another week with some movement at senior levels in the industry, with a couple of those starting positions getting the chance to break fresh ground in newly created roles.

Google Cloud 
Chris Ciauri has been made president for EMEA joining the cloud giant from Salesforce.com, where he was executive vice president and general manager of the EMEA region. His CV also includes time at the likes of Adobe Systems and Peoplesoft. Perhaps of more interest to the channel is that the move means that his predecessor, Sebastien Marrotte, will be taking on a new role as vice president, Channel for EMEA.

Lexmark 
Tom Cavanagh has joined the company in a newly created role as senior vice president, new business development. he will be tasked with helpoing the firm look for growth opportunities beyond its core imaging business. Most recently he was working at Eastman Kodak Company, where he served as vice president and chief customer officer in the Intellectual Property Solutions Division, focused on advanced materials and 3D printing. Prior to that, he built and served as CEO of two start-ups: BuildLinks and Net32. "Tom has a strong track record of identifying market opportunity and taking the lead in defining strategy and executing on it," said Allen Waugerman Lexmark president and CEO "His experience in starting up businesses — within larger corporations and as stand-alone companies — will be invaluable as Lexmark looks to grow in areas outside our core imaging business."

AOC/MMD 
Former Exertis staffer Cheryl Wheeler has joined as retail sales manager in the UK team, building on a seven year stint at her former employer where she was business manager for monitors. In her fresh role she will be working with the like of Dixons Retail, Amazon, John Lewis and ao.com. “I am so excited to start a new position after such a long time with Exertis. I know the UK team very well already and look forward to achieving strong growth and building the business to new heights,” said Wheeler.

Qualitest 
The software testing player has given Yoav Ziv the nod as its chief transformation officer. This is a new role and includes looking at the business and coming up with ideas that will lead to growth and add value for customers. Ziv joins from Amdocs, where he was general manager, and has a background of using operational methods to improve performance. “The creation of the new role of Chief Transformation Officer is a substantial step forward for Qualitest. We are committed to making significant investments in our people, processes and footprint that reinforce our delivery excellence and our position as an employer of choice," said Norm Merritt, CEO at Qualitest.

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