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Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

Another busy few days across the industry, with some senior appointments being made

If there is a loose theme this week, it is around the idea of promoting from within, with a couple of the highlighted cases looking internally for talent. All the moves over the past few days underline the importance of industry experience.


The fintech firm has appointed industry veteran Andy Bass to the role of new business development manager to help support its expansion in the UK. He comes with a CV full of channel experience from Lenovo, CMS Distribution, Toshiba and more recently the fintech world. Bass said: “Onguard is the clear leader in the order-to-cash space and has the ambition to invest in its business and people to take its customers to the next level of AR automation, which makes it an exciting company to join. The recent acquisition by business transformation powerhouse Visma is a clear vote of confidence in Onguard’s business model and I look forward to sharing in the success of the business.”

Doherty Associates

The cloud and managed services player has rewarded Caleb Mills, who has been with the business for 13 years, with the chance to make a mark as the firm’s new CTO. He was most recently technical director, but the new role also sees him move onto the board. “I’m delighted to be appointed Doherty’s CTO,” said Mills. “It shows our confidence as a business in continuing to invest in our people, our solutions and our client services, even during these unprecedented economic times. With Doherty turning 30 next year, I look forward to this next chapter in driving our culture of creative innovation and relentless reliability.”


The SIEM specialist has recruited former Palo Alto Networks executive Adam Geller to chief product officer, with a brief to align the product and engineering departments to drive strategy and innovation. Before joining the Exabeam team, he served as senior vice-president of cloud-delivered security, product and engineering at Palo Alto. “A strong product with an equally advanced partner ecosystem play is key for any SIEM solution, and Geller will be responsible for ensuring alignment for our continued success,” said Exabeam CEO Nir Polak. “We are excited to welcome him to the team, as he thoroughly understands what is needed in today’s growing market and has a proven track record of leading product teams at scale. His experience and discipline will ensure we continue our trajectory to become the overall SIEM market leader, and his cloud expertise will help drive our already rapidly growing SaaS practice.”


The software giant has appointed Michiel Verhoeven as UK&I managing director, replacing Jens Amail, who is returning to Germany after two and a half years in the role. Verhoeven has been with the vendor for seven years, most recently leading the services in Asia Pacific and Japan. Before joining SAP, he spent eight years at Microsoft. “Michiel brings over 25 years of experience in growing technology sales and services organisations, with a passion for helping clients digitally transform to differentiate their competitive strategy,” said Brian Duffy, president of EMEA North at SAP. “With a strong focus on people, customers, impact and innovation, Michiel will bring a truly aspirational mentality to SAP UKI and build on the team’s existing growth and success. I have every confidence that the UKI will further flourish under Michiel’s leadership and am excited for the journey ahead.” 


The data protection player has appointed Ivan Pittaluga as its latest CTO. Before joining the firm, he was vice-president of data protection and governance for Veritas Technologies, and his CV also includes spells at Symantec, Commvault, Legato Systems (Dell EMC) and Mastercard. “We’re living in a digitised economy, and enterprises today can no longer risk exposing their data to cyber threats or loss,” said Pittaluga. “Equally important are the new forms of data and environments that will emerge from rapid innovation in the cloud – all of which will need comprehensive protection. Arcserve’s 30-year experience and foresight to anticipate market shifts uniquely positions it for an exciting chapter of innovation, which I’m pleased to be a part of.”

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