Channel round-up: Who’s gone where?

The job appointments keep coming, despite the lockdown, with some movement across the industry in the past week

Everyone might be in lockdown, but personnel changes have continued to happen regardless, as firms look beyond the current situation to more growth.

Canon UK

Canon has appointed Tony Wills as document solutions business unit director. His role will include helping take new products to market, as well as pondering on the strategy of future market offerings.

He comes with more than 35 years’ extensive global industry and leadership experience across both the corporate and small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) environments, including time at Xerox, in the reseller channel and 25 years in senior roles within Canon.

“Having been part of the Canon family in the past, I know what a great organisation it is. The products and services available are second to none, as are the people who work for the company. While the current environment is very challenging for all, I see this as an ideal time to look to the future and make the necessary adjustments to the organisation,” he said.

GTT Communications

The cloud networking provider has turned to Steve Berns as its chief financial officer (CFO). His remit will cover financial operations, investor relations and all banking relationships. He will step in to replace Dan Fraser, who has been interim CFO, and will continue as senior vice-president, finance, and controller.

Berns joins from Shutterstock, where he was also CFO, and has a CV that includes time at Tribune Media Company, a television and digital media company, and Revlon, a worldwide cosmetic and beauty products company.

“Steven has a distinguished track record leading finance organisations in several mid- to large-size public companies,” stated Rick Calder, GTT president and CEO. “He will add seasoned executive leadership towards the achievement of GTT’s organic revenue growth and operational excellence objectives as we deliver on our purpose, connecting people around the world and to every application in the cloud.”


The low-code application development player has given Robson Grieve the opportunity to make a difference as its chief marketing officer (CMO). He will have responsibility for marketing strategy, including product, brand, demand generation, communications, technology alliances and overall go-to-market plans at OutSystems. He was most recently the CMO for Pure Storage.

“OutSystems is on an impressive growth trajectory because the platform solves some really important problems for customers,” said Grieve. “Leading industry analysts like Gartner are talking about how low-code is going to surpass traditional coding as the app delivery platform of choice because of time to market, speed of delivery and compelling productivity gains.”


The converged IP solutions distributor has appointed Matthew Farthing as account manager for the Midlands. He will be covering an area that includes Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Northampton, Birmingham Wolverhampton, Coventry, Telford, Peterborough and Cambridge.

He was previously at a security installer and has a background in sales and account management.

“Matthew’s knowledge and expertise will provide a further dedicated resource for our customer base, working with them to get the best out of Mayflex and our product portfolio, along with our range of specialist support services, such as pre-staging of IP devices and bespoke cameras spraying, to name but a few,” said Tom Filce, head of security sales at Mayflex.

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