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Channel round-up: Who’s gone where?

The first working week of 2021 saw a few personnel moves across the industry

Even though many businesses have only been back at work for a few days, appointments across the channel have continued to stack up as firms look to bring on fresh blood and start new chapters. As a result, there are a couple of CEO appointments.

Bridwell Consulting

The Reading-based cyber security specialist has appointed Martin Riley to its board as director of managed security services. He will oversee the firm’s managed security service (MSS) portfolio, including its 24x7 security operations centre (SOC) and managed detection and response (MDR) service. He has almost two decades’ worth of experience and was recently chief technology officer at Timico.

“I have been passionate about the role cyber security plays in infrastructure and cloud services for many years and am excited to work for an ambitious and fast-growth business like Bridewell,” said Riley. “Managed security services continue to be one of the biggest growth areas in IT and I look forward to helping develop opportunities to expand Bridewell’s services, mature our capabilities and strengthen our position in the security market.”


The storage player is ushering in Phil Bullinger as CEO. His career in enterprise storage spans three decades and includes a spell most recently as senior vice-president and general manager of the datacentre business unit for Western Digital.

“Phil is a proven leader with over three decades of experience in building and operating world-class organisations in the data storage industry,” said Scott Gilbertson, member of the Infinidat board of directors. “Enterprises are facing growing pressure to source faster, larger, more efficient and more secure storage solutions under constrained budgets. Phil’s breadth of experience overseeing product development, strategy and operations will enable him to lead Infinidat as it delivers the innovative and agile storage technologies its customers require for sustained competitive advantage.”


The network infrastructure specialist has given Henry Siemon the chance to make an impact as the firm’s president and CEO. Carl Siemon, who has served in those roles since 1982, will continue to serve on the board of directors. Henry becomes the fifth CEO in the firm’s 118-year history and means the family leadership continues.

“I am pleased and proud to welcome Henry as Siemon’s next president. We are fortunate to have a fifth-generation Siemon family member willing and able to chart a clear course and steer the company into the future,” said Carl.


The distributor has appointed William van Kerkvoorde as managing director for Swedish-based B2B digital distribution company Exertis Ztorm. Van Kerkvoorde joins Exertis from IT distributor Ingram Micro, where he held the position of vice-president, Nordics region. Prior to this, he had been the managing director of Lenovo in Sweden.

“This is an exciting appointment and an exciting time for Exertis, with our aggressively expanding digital portfolio which is seen as critical by our partners to help them progress digitally,” said Exertis chief digital and marketing officer Vishal Chhatralia. “William brings a wealth of experience in IT technology and distribution across various international roles.”

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