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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

A brief guide to some of the appointments made across the industry in the past week

It’s been another busy week with more comings and goings in the industry. The common theme as always is the search for experience that will underpin growth ambitions.


Rich McBee has been appointed president and CEO of the firm with a brief to oversee the next phase of growth at the firm. He has a CV containing plenty of industry experience, including an eight year spell as CEO and president of Mitel. “Riverbed’s current technology portfolio and strategy opens up significant market opportunities for our Company, as organizations worldwide are looking to capitalize on their digital transformation investments and enhance the digital experience of their users. I’m looking forward to working with our experienced team to accelerate our execution and drive great outcomes for Riverbed, as well as for our partners and customers," he said.


The data protection player has given Brian Stoner the chance to make a difference as vice president of channels and alliances. He comes to this latest role with more than two decades of experience, including time at AT&T, CA Technologies, McAfee, FireEye, and Cylance. “As companies look for solutions to address their critical data-protection needs, and better serve and manage the complex demands for data access governance and compliance, ALTR’s channel partners and alliances within the enterprise community will play a growing and critical role in supporting these imperatives,” said Dave Sikora, CEO at ALTR. “Brian offers experience and perspective to ALTR which will be critical as we continue to bring new partners on board and offer them the support they need to keep critical data assets safe and secure.”


The distributor has one of the hardest working HR departments around and it's been busy again helping Kati Eagle get settled in as UK purchasing director. She replaces Mark Kahr, who has moved to a procurement director role. She has been at the channel player for the last five years, most recently in a position of UK purchasing director for the IT and mobile divisions. She has also worked at Tech Data, Micro Peripherals and PC World. “Kati has been instrumental in the day to day operations and development of the purchasing team. The last few years have been a period of significant growth for Exertis and Kati’s influence and impact both within the purchasing team and across the wider business have been huge. I have every confidence in her ability to assume overall responsibility for the procurement function and wish her every success in her new role,” said Richard Hinds, Exertis UK&I, chief operating officer.


The ERP player has appointed Billy O’Riordan as senior vice president, professional services. He previously held the role of senior vice president, global services at AppDynamics, and was part of the team that sold the startup to Cisco Systems for $3.7B in 2017. His CV also includes time at BMC and CA Technologies. "Professional Services is central to Unit4’s ambition to transform the people experience in services organizations. Working with all our expert teams around the world, I look forward to helping our customers create an intelligent enterprise, unlocking business value and ensuring their people can focus on meaningful, impactful work," he said. 


The cybersecurity player has turned to former Druva, Infoblox and F5 Networks staffer Thorsten Freitag to become its next CEO. He will get the chance to help drive its pitch around operational technology and IoT security solutions. “There has been an incredible transformation in the OT/IoT security industry and as such, major safety and security challenges have been introduced,” said Freitag. “Claroty is leading the way in the industrial cybersecurity market and I look forward to working alongside the company’s extraordinary talent to continue securing the world’s critical infrastructure.”




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