Channel round-up: Who’s gone where?

It’s another busy week, with some well-known names popping up at different companies

If there is a theme of the week, it is the appearance of well-known channel figures in fresh roles. Many describe the channel as being a “small world”, and it continues to demonstrate that with some familiar faces popping up at different employers.


Managed services specialist Datta has made some appointments in both the Asia-Pacific (APCA) and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions.

Focusing on the hires that are going to make an impact on the channel, the business has swooped for former Sophos channel executive and senior vice-president of EMEA sales James Vyvyan as vice-president of sales EMEA.

The firm has also rolled out the red carpet for another former Sophos staffer, Michael Gutsch, who becomes regional sales manager for Austria, Germany and Switzerland (DACH).

“Prioritising word-class sales talent with experience in forging relationships across the globe is a top priority for Datto,” said Sanjay Singh, chief revenue officer. “Datto has been very clear in its commitment to helping global IT providers transform to the managed services model. Making real investments in regional leadership and resources is a core part of that promise. I’m very pleased to be able to welcome our new sales leaders as they drive our teams to support the accelerated growth of MSP partners in markets across the globe.”


Training and digital development agency Consenna has turned to a former senior Microsoft leader Simon Yates for the newly created role of product management director. He will start that position, which covers responsibility for growing the firm's portfolio, in early January 2021. His CV includes 15 years in the IT sector at resellers and global vendors, and a recent role leading the Windows commercial category at Microsoft.

“Through my roles at HP and Microsoft, Consenna was a business that I already knew made a difference to customers, and I’ve observed it expand and flourish of late,” said Yates. “I’ve seen first-hand how much dedication, passion and experience has gone into growing the business whilst building a team with an unrivalled diversity of skills. That means Consenna is able to deliver genuine, tangible impact to its customers, and that really excites me for the years ahead.”


Digital transformation specialist for the public sector Agilisys is giving Richard Walker the chance to make an impact as partner for data and insights. He joins from KPMG, where he was most recently director of data and analytics, responsible for helping public sector clients to unlock the value in their data.

“I’m a firm believer that better use of data is critical to the future of our public services,” he said. “As more organisations explore the potential in their data and in turn realise the benefits of advanced analytics and digital innovation, it’s a hugely exciting time to be in this industry. Joining Agilisys gives me the chance to put this into practice across the public sector, delivering benefits to citizens and keeping people and communities healthy, safe and thriving.”


Node4 has appointed Ian Thomas as operations director to help support its next phase of growth. His CV includes time at Experian, Atos and the Ministry of Justice.

“Exceptional service is of critical importance to us,” said Andy Gilbert, CEO of Node4. “From the very start, it’s been our key differentiator, and over the years, we’ve formalised it in a promise to our customers and partners – Exceptional Service as a Standard (ESaaS). Having Ian on board means that, as we grow, we’ll continue to deliver on this commitment to existing customers and future prospects across all service lines.” 

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