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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

No matter where the human resources departments are operating from, the need to keep actively hiring fresh talent continues unabated

Dispute the Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown, business has to continue and the demand for talent still remains high. Although most human resources (HR) departments are now working from home, they have been no less busy over the past week.


The vendor has moved to fill the position left vacant after David Meads was recently appointed chief executive for Cisco UK & Ireland by giving Elisabeth De Dobbeleer the chance to to lead its Partner Organisation for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR).

She was previously vice-president and deputy general counsel for EMEAR, and has been at the vendor in a number of global and regional roles for the past 18 years. Her latest challenge will be to develop strategic growth initiatives and transformation programmes to positively affect the vendor’s partner business.

“I believe in building strong relationships with our partners based on trust, transparency, effective communications and sustainable profitable growth. This is increasingly important during these uncertain times. Technology is playing a pivotal role in helping our customers, critical services and communities around the world,” she said.


The security player has appointed Candid Wüest as vice-president of cyber protection research at Acronis. Wüest will lead research into the latest trends in the threat landscape and new protection methods, and he will be the technical lead for the Acronis Cyber Protection Operation Centers (CPOC) EMEA.

His CV includes time as the lead threat cesearcher at the global Symantec Security Response team. Prior to that role, Wüest analysed computer viruses for the Symantec Anti-Malware Lab in Dublin, and has a spell at IBM under his belt. 

“Wüest brings incredibly strong security leadership and an absolute wealth of experience to our cyber protection team,” said Acronis founder and CEO, Serguei ‘SB’ Beloussov.

“His deep knowledge and innate understanding of the security needed to underpin not only the entire Acronis product range, but the security of our global customers, will propel our business into the future. Under Wüest’s management, we’ll continue to build our team and extend our global leadership in cyber protection.”


The channel services group has appointed Tirene Doepel as head of marketing, with responsibility for marketing and member recruitment programmes and fostering relationships with key suppliers. She joins from Network Group, where she spent just over three and a half years in senior marketing roles.

“The appointment of Tirene has come at a fantastic time and we are very glad to have secured her services,” said Mike Barron, managing director of Synaxon UK.

“She brings a wealth of experience from her work in other IT member organisations, and in stepping up to this new role within Europe’s largest channel services group she is demonstrating her ambition and hunger for success.”


The firm has given Mike Menzer the chance to make a difference as its executive vice-president and general manager for its international business.

Before taking up this position, Menzer spent seven years at Teradata as managing director for Northeast Financial Services. In his latest role, he will be helping the business, which specialises in providing the data and technology platforms for marketeers, spread its reach.

“I’m excited to take on this new position as head of international, and to be working closely with my colleagues across Acxiom and IPG. We’ve hit 2.0 of the information economy, and there are challenges along with huge opportunity,” said Menzer.

“Our goal is to work with brands to help build trust in the data-driven world, using data, technology and analytics, as well as the application of those, to drive business outcomes for our clients and to create great customer experiences.”

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