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Channel round-up: Who’s gone where?

It’s been another busy few days across the industry, with some senior movers and shakers taking up fresh challenges

The sun might be shining, but there is little time for those in industry’s HR departments to duck out and catch a few rays. It’s been another busy seven days on the personnel movement front.


Cloud specialist Ensono has turned to former Accenture staffer Hannah Birch to fill the role of general manager and deputy managing director of its European business. Her career includes time at several other household names, including BP, Fujitsu Services UK and Computacenter. 

“In a world of unprecedented technological advancements, many organisations still struggle to cut through the noise to identify the technology solutions that are right for them,” said Birch. “This has increased the pressure on service providers to be trusted partners for enterprise clients, guiding and streamlining the transformation process.”


Riverbed has rolled out the red carpet for Dan Smoot, who becomes the networking player’s new president and CEO. An industry veteran with plenty of channel experience, he has a CV that includes time at Salesforce, Cisco and VMware. He has been with Riverbed since June 2018, most recently as chief operating officer, leading the company’s worldwide sales, channels and alliances, sales operations and customer experience teams. 

“Riverbed is focused on fueling our next phase of growth by delivering innovative and relevant technologies that help propel our customers’ businesses and enable them to fully capitalise on their digital and IT investments,” he said.


Clare Barclay, CEO of Microsoft UK, has been elected to a position at business lobby group CBI. She takes up a non-executive director role and joins the board with a brief to keep an eye on the strategic and financial decisions at the not-for-profit membership organisation.

“I’ve always been inspired by the incredible work of the CBI to transform the UK and accelerate growth,” she said. “The business landscape is changing rapidly, and to deliver the promise of greater prosperity we must not shy away from the biggest challenges we face today.”

TrapX Security

The firm has looked within to find a replacement for outgoing CEO Ori Bach, and turned to Steve Preston, who has been its senior vice-president of strategy and growth for the company for the past year. He has a strong CV, including spells at RSA, Everbridge and CyberArk.

“The year 2020 made a huge impact on cyber security. Remote work, accelerated cloud adoption and the explosion of connected things have created a new landscape that conventional security simply cannot defend,” said Preston. “The stakes couldn’t be higher. Change is needed and we’re seeing the shift toward Active Defense. I’m honoured and excited to accelerate TrapX through the next stage of its journey.”

One Identity

Security player One Identity has made a handful of appointments to support its growth ambitions, welcoming Rima Pawar as vice-president of product management, Joe Garber as vice-president of marketing, Teri Robb as vice-president of North American sales, and Chris Wood as vice-president of sales for One Identity and Quest Software Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ).

“As companies continue to evolve their SaaS [software-as-a-service] strategy, we play an integral role in helping them achieve a strong access management and governance approach in the cloud,” said Bhagwat Swaroop, president and general manager of One Identity. “The deep functional expertise that Rima, Joe, Teri and Chris bring to our leadership team, coupled with their SaaS expertise within the security industry, will help us continue to support organisations as they scale and navigate their cloud journey.” 

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