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Just a handful of appointments to focus on this week with the last few days. If there is a theme it is around the finance role being filled as firms look to get the right expertise on board to support growth ambitions.
The managed-office services supplier has appointed Duncan Forsyth as CFO. He is a well known name in the channel, having formerly been group managing director at Westcoast. “As a supplier to ASL, I’ve observed the senior management team’s approach, and success. I can see the opportunity for ASL to further expand its great position as one of the leading independent managed service providers in the UK," he said. He is set to have a busy time with the firm in growth mode, having made its thirteenth business acquisition at the end of last year as it moves beyond its core proposition of providing managed print services to embrace unified communications, software, IT, Commercial and Industrial Print solutions for its 6,000 national customers.
The technology community has appointed Perry Ashby as Chairman. He joins on the back of the recent arrival of managing director David Tulip as part of the leadership team reaching out to the Group’s 80 members. “To say I am excited, honoured and privileged to be at the helm, to lead the Group into the next stage of its journey would be an understatement” said Ashby. He will be welcoming channel partners to the 11th annual Network Group Awards & Gala Dinner being held in Brighton in April.
The broadband connectivity player has added Richard Jeffares to its staff roster as CTO. His CV includes time working for UK, New Zealand and US firms that operate in the broadband market. “We are delighted to have Richard joining us here at Glide during this exciting growth period”, said Tim Pilcher, Glide Group CEO. “Richard has a global background in both the fibre and mobile sectors, plus a strong track record leading fast-growing fibre infrastructure companies and we look forward to scaling our business growth to meet the flourishing fibre demand in 2020 and beyond.”
The firm has created a new role of chief product officer and turned to Nico Popp to step into the position. He joins from Symantec, where he was senior vice president of cloud and information protection. Prior to that he spent time at VeriSign and RealNames. “The race to embrace digital transformation has created enormous opportunities for global enterprises today. However, with these significant gains in digital innovation and business productivity comes an added layer of security complexity. This complexity can only be addressed by moving traditional security to the cloud. Forcepoint is uniquely positioned to capture this industry shift towards security-as-a-service,” said Popp.
Manju Agarwal has been appointed to the firm's Board as an advisor. Agarwal brings over three decades of banking experience and understands financial technology and digital transformation. She joins StorCentric at a point where the firm is looking to grow and has increased its pace of acquisitions, recently expanding its product line with all-Flash NVMe options. "Manju's incredible depth of experience and knowledge will be instrumental in helping to shape and enhance StorCentric's products and services to further enable our customers to innovate, modernize and transform their IT infrastructure. In addition, Manju's business experience will contribute significantly as the company executes on this strategy," said Mihir Shah, CEO, StorCentric.