Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another busy week for those working in HR departments, including one of those getting a fresh head, over the past week

Some fresh executives for resellers and distributors to get to know this week with some fresh roles also being created. The hunt for growth clearly demands a bit of ingenuity with the corporate org chart when needed.

The cloud player has given Cyril VanAgt the chance to lead its channel and OEM activities in the EMEA region. he has been with the vendor for five years helping drive indirect sales in the Southern European region. In his latest role he gets the chance to oversee the firm's Channel Charter, a strategic initiative to strengthen the company's relationships with the reseller community. “I am delighted to have Cyril lead our Channel and OEM operations in EMEA. These relationships are critical routes to market for Nutanix and its solutions, and Cyril's vast experience in technology partnering and implementation, will see these partners gain maximum benefit and value from what these innovative products have to offer them," said Sammy Zoghlami, senior vice president of sales for the EMEA.

The cloud player has appointed a CMO marking the first major board appointment this year. Nolan Hough, previously managing director of Manchester Airport Group’s technology division MAG-O, joins with a brief to help the firm in its next stage of growth. “Nolan adds an interesting dynamic to the board and brings with him a wealth of experience. He understands the technical aspects of marketing and has a very successful track record," said UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones. “Couple that with his passion for creativity and I’ve every confidence he's going to make a huge difference.”

the channel player has given Angelo Apa the opportunity to step into the newly created position of global head of enterprise vendor management. He comes with a CV that includes time at Lenovo and IBM. “I am looking forward to the challenge of growing the Exertis enterprise business with our vendors across an expanding geographical footprint. Partners are increasingly looking for distributors that can simplify their supply chain yet increase their customer breadth. Exertis is clearly well-positioned to do both and add real value to resellers in the enterprise space with their enhanced portfolio and range of services,” said Apa.

Contrast Security 
The firm has cut the ribbon a delivery centre in Belfast which is expected to generate 120 jobs. Those vacancies will include in an R&D team of software developers along with sales and marketing teams. Over the next three years, 120 jobs will be created, contributing nearly £4 million in additional annual salaries when fully operational. “Cybersecurity is one of the greatest challenges facing the public, private and third sectors,” comments Alastair Hamilton, CEO Invest Northern Ireland. “As more products and services are procured, delivered and operated via internet enabled processes, the risk of security breaches by well organised, highly motivated criminals increases daily.”

The fibre wholesaler has made a double appointment to add more depth to its management team. Darren Woods has been appointed Chief Financial Officer, bringing with him more than a decades worth of experience at that level and he has been joined by Belinda Fearnley, who has joined as head of HR. "Both Darren and Belinda are hugely experienced in their respective fields. They will help to facilitate the next stage of our growth as we aim to reach our goal of bringing FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) to three million homes and businesses across the UK in the next ten years, connecting our society,” said Neil McArthur, CEO of FibreNation.


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