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Channel round-up: Who’s gone where?

Those with expertise across the channel in partner management and marketing have been in strong demand over the last week

It has been a busy past seven days across the industry, with various executives deciding now is the time to move into a fresh role.

Iomart: The cloud computing player has appointed Neil Christie, who had been running the infrastructure as a service side of the business, to the chief operating officer role. After training as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, he jointly ran a web hosting company, which Iomart acquired in 2011.

“He knows Iomart from the inside and has excellent commercial knowledge of the market in which we operate,” said Reece Donovan, CEO at Iomart. “We will be working closely together to enhance our structure and processes in order to deliver on our long-term growth strategy.”

Miss Group: The hosting and web services player has decided David Nordberg has the expertise it is looking for from a chief marketing officer. He joins from gaming and e-sports platform G-Loot, where he was chief product officer. His appointment follows a strong period of growth for the group, which completed two acquisitions in March 2021 – Seravo and MMD Networks.

“We have continued to accelerate our growth with a bold buy-and-build strategy that has significantly increased our global customer network,” said Mattias Kaneteg, Miss Group founder and CEO. “With David’s impressive track record of working with scalable online businesses, bringing new products to market at pace to serve international customers bases, it was clear that his experience and skills set were the right fit for our business.”

Okta: The identity specialist has rolled out the red carpet to welcome Steve Dodenhoff as senior vice-president of worldwide partners and alliances. Most recently, he was president of Insight North America, and comes in with plenty of channel experience. “We are pleased to welcome Steve Dodenhoff to Okta as senior vice-president of worldwide partners and alliances,” said Steve Rowland, Okta’s chief revenue officer.

“Steve has a strong track record building and scaling global enterprise software companies and solution providers. We’re thrilled to have him at the helm of Okta’s partner and alliances team, empowering our network of partners, and capturing new opportunities for growth.”

Driving growth

Armis: The security player has turned to former SentinelOne and Cylance executive Tim Mackie to take up the position of vice-president of worldwide channels. He will have a brief to watch over the global partner efforts and drive growth.

“Tim’s reputation, experience and success building high growth and sustainable partner programs that have directly assisted firms to scale their ability to partner, resale, deploy, advise and generate new lines of revenue with partners across the globe is simply unmatched, and will help us continue to rapidly grow our channel presence and support our partners,” said Brian Gumbel, chief revenue officer at Armis.

Unisys: Dwayne L. Allen has joined the company as chief technology officer and senior vice-president of solution innovation and architecture, reporting to chair and CEO Peter Altabef. He joins Unisys from Microsoft, where he was a global digital strategist. “Delivering increasingly innovative solutions is a key imperative for Unisys,” he said.

“Dwayne is ideal for that role. He has an admirable record of success in leading digital transformation and a deep experience in multiple industries relevant to Unisys’ business.”

Panasonic: The firm has bought Michael Willett in as its logistics and manufacturing lead for its mobile solutions business division. “From the manufacture of products, through the distribution network and ultimately to their point of sale, rugged mobile computing can help to improve the productivity and efficiency of businesses operating across the supply chain,” he added.

“Whether it’s rugged notebooks for monitoring and maintaining production lines, rugged tablets for use in the warehouse and retail outlets, or handheld devices for logistics and distribution, Panasonic Toughbook has a range of solutions to help businesses digitise their operations.”

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