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Insight will move de Sousa into EMEA role

Next year will see changes in Insight’s EMEA leadership, with the current UK boss the chosen candidate to take up that role

Insight has revealed forthcoming changes in its senior European management team, with a shuffling of executives that will have an impact on its UK leadership.

The channel player has announced that its current Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) president, Wolfgang Ebermann, will leave that role at the end of the year, to be replaced by Emma de Sousa, currently senior vice-president of the UK business, from 1 January 2021.

Until the end of this year, Ebermann will help to prepare de Sousa to take over and will be around for the transition. “Succession planning and onboarding senior leaders is crucial for maintaining the strong momentum in our business,” said Ken Lamneck, CEO of Insight.

For de Sousa, this is the start of another chapter at Insight, where she has worked since 2003. Her roles with Insight have included vice-president of southern Europe, managing director of the UK and Germany, and director of operations, EMEA.

The company sees her as someone who builds high-performing teams and delivers results, and has a strong knowledge of both Insight and its activities in the EMEA region.

“I am proud to lead an organisation that focuses so heavily on its people and culture,” said de Sousa. “Insight is on a phenomenal journey to provide our clients intelligent technology solutions for business transformation and I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the EMEA team as we continue that.”

There is no indication yet about Insight’s plans to replace de Sousa in the UK, or about Ebermann’s future destination.

It has been a busy few days for the firm, which has also announced that it has been awarded Well-Architected partner status by Amazon Web Services (AWS), which should help it win more customers seeking help with their cloud architecture.

The reseller is also in a position to provide review and remediation services to AWS customers to ensure they are getting the most from their cloud environments.

It had to jump through quite a few hoops to gain the accreditation and prove to AWS that it had a firm grip on, among other things, security, performance and cost optimisation issues.

“Building and deploying workloads on AWS is similar to constructing a building,” said Ozioma Uzoegwu, lead architect, AWS practice at Insight. “If the foundation is not solid, structural problems can undermine stability, integrity and, ultimately, usability.

“Whether helping clients to build their AWS infrastructure from scratch or advising those who already have architecture in place, Insight gives organisations confidence that their implementation is as cost-effective, secure, reliable and efficient as possible and follows operational best practice.”

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