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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Personnel moves that will interest the channel at Citrix, Mimecast, CyberGuard Technologies and ITS

In this MicroScope round-up of employment changes and movement in the channel, we look at a week in which some of the vendors listed were also joined by a managed security services provider (MSSP) and a networking expert on the hiring front.


Mike Tankard has become partner director of Northern Europe at Citrix, in a position that covers the vendor’s solution advisers, service providers, global SIs, ISVs and value-added distributors. He comes from a background in a business development consultancy, NeTex Solutions, which he set up in 2017. He has worked with a number of firms, including Citrix, TRL, SSE Enterprise, Virtualstock and NetApp. Before the move into consultancy, Tankard was a senior business leader at HPE. 

Citrix is committed to delivering the future of work and never more so than in the current environment,” said Tankard. “I’m looking forward to working with our strong partner community to help companies accelerate their digital transformation, power greater productivity and support staff by improving the employee experience.” 


Security player Mimecast has given Jonathan Corini the chance to make an impact as its senior vice-president of global channel sales. Prior to joining Mimecast, Jonathan was the vice-president of worldwide channel sales at Forescout Technologies.

“Mimecast leans on partners as strategic advisers to help expand our global business. As we plan to grow in the enterprise market, Mimecast’s technology partners, systems integrators and reseller community will be pivotal to that success,” said Corini.

“Exponential growth can be achieved when everyone is aligned and working towards the same set of goals. Mimecast’s culture is infused with so much drive to make the world a more resilient place. I look forward to leveraging my experience building and growing successful channel partner programs to further Mimecast’s footprint in the Enterprise, Commercial, SMB and MSP markets.”  

CyberGuard Technologies

The managed security service provider has appointed Sean Tickle as security operations centre (SOC) manager to expand its recently launched 24/7 SOC support service. In the role, he will be tasked with looking after the CyberGuard Technologies SOC team, which investigates 6,500 alerts every month and actions over 400 of those determined to be genuine security threats.

“Most security businesses focus on detection solutions and then provide data to the customer’s own internal IT teams to then isolate and remediate, but we offer a comprehensive end-to-end solution rather than just detection services, as those are no longer sufficient. Ransomware can propagate in minutes so detect alone is not enough – response is key," he said. 


Networking operator ITS has made a couple of appointments to bolster its senior management team. Mike Goodwin has joined ITS from CityFibre’s Fibre Nation to take on a newly created position as head of network architecture and operations. He will be reporting into CEO Daren Baythorpe, and cover responsibility for designing and assuring ITS’s network infrastructure.

ITS has also added Darren Shenkin to the team in the role of director of strategy and innovation. His task will be to develop the network strategy of the business. He comes with a CV that includes senior posts at Hyperoptic, Community Fibre, Plusnet and BT.

“It is a very exciting time for ITS as we continue to deliver full fibre infrastructure where it is needed working closely with our partner community. Having the right people driving this is vital,” said Baythorpe.

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