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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Another week of movement across the channel, with vendors and partners hiring for growth

There are a handful of moves to note over the past week as vendors and service providers look to help gain further growth.


The vendor has turned to Simon Ewington to become its latest vice-president of worldwide distribution. The Brit takes over from George Hope, and has been at HPE for almost three decades. In that time, he has been distribution and channel sales leader of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region between 2014 and 2017. Most recently, he led the Graphics Solutions Business at HP, managing a significant volume of channel-led business.

“Simon brings deep channel experience and a partner-first approach to this new role. He is a results-oriented leader with a proven expertise in change management across volume and value categories. He’s consistently demonstrated his ability to drive high-performing teams – both direct and virtual – across international borders, and successfully nurture key customer relationships,” said Hope, worldwide head of partner sales at HPE.

OpSec Security

The digital anti-counterfeiting and brand protection solutions specialist has appointed Lisa Arrowsmith as chief product officer at Opsec. Her CV includes time spent at Omdia and IHS Markit. In her latest role, she will be driving product delivery and putting customer-centric design at the heart of the firm’s efforts.

“As a member of the executive team, I’m looking forward to contributing to the company’s growth strategy and to build on our ability to lead innovation in the brand protection and product authentication industry,” she said.

Nozomi Networks

The OT and IoT security player has appointed Barmak Meftah to its board of directors. He has more than 25 years worth of experience, including most recently as president of AT&T Cybersecurity, a role he assumed after the acquisition of AlienVault, where he served for six year as president and CEO.

“Barmak’s impressive track record of success in Silicon Valley has gained him international respect as a pillar in enterprise security,”  said Nozomi Networks CEO Edgard Capdevielle. 

“His keen business instincts and depth of knowledge in security software and SaaS [software as a service] will be invaluable as we add cloud-based solutions to our product portfolio and accelerate market expansion and growth. We are ecstatic to welcome him to the board.”

Technological Innovations Group (TIG)

The firm is building up its Crestron unified communications (UC) division and is giving Craig Chester a chance to make a difference as UC solutions architect at TIG.

“The appointment gives me the chance to do what I love, to work with a fantastic team and with the brilliant range of solutions from Crestron. The need for simple, scalable UC to enable remote working has never been greater than now as we all battle the coronavirus pandemic,” said Chester.

MPS Monitor

The managed print specialist has turned to Pietro Renda to become chief marketing officer. He comes with a 20-year stint at Lexmark under the belt. His latest role at MPS Monitor will be helping devise and implement a worldwide marketing strategy.

“My commitment will be promptly aimed at expanding the brand and product awareness on the global market to reach new and ambitious business objectives with the whole team,” he said.

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