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Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

The last few days have seen several executives take up fresh challenges across the industry

Even with last week’s bank holiday, the appointments kept coming and another range of firms have brushed down the welcome mat to some fresh talent. Field operations seems to be one area where firms are investing, but as usual the hires have come on many fronts.


The zero-trust data player has given James Blake the chance to make a difference as field CTO security for the EMEA region at Rubrik. Blake’s CV includes time at vendors working with numerous large enterprise customers.

“As field CTO security, I’ll be looking at keeping pace with adversary capabilities and campaigns, and ensure we can help our customers not only mitigate the impact of the current scourge of ransomware, but can also transform their businesses into one that can adopt a data-centric approach to cyber security,” he said.


Sticking with the security theme, BlueVoyant, which also operates in that market, has appointed Joel Molinoff as vice-chairman, strategic development. The firm has recently formed its strategic development group, which works with partners and customers. Molinoff most recently served as executive vice-president, chief information risk officer at CBS.

“The company is at an inflection point poised for hyper growth,” said Jim Rosenthal, CEO at BlueVoyant. “Joel brings unique subject matter expertise and a wealth of knowledge to help BlueVoyant develop deeper strategic relationships and build business with both existing and new clients.”


The data player has decided that Brian Hamel is the right person to take up the role of executive vice-president of worldwide field operations. He comes with a career spanning three decades, including time at IBM and Oracle.

“Brian’s experience in leading global direct sales, channel partners, systems integrators and cloud service providers will help us to serve our customers even better on their data management journeys,” said Greg Hughes, CEO at Veritas.

Glide Group

The broadband specialist has hired Chris Bates as CFO. He previously worked in private equity, but has a career that includes spells at VPS Holdings, Survitec Group, Hydro International and Supplier Assessment Services.

Tim Pilcher, CEO of Glide Group, said: “Chris’ experience speaks for itself and we are really pleased to be able to welcome him into the organisation. It has been a pivotal year for Glide and, following a strong first half to 2021, we are keen to continue with the same upward trajectory. Chris will play a significant role in helping us navigate the future and ensure that we can proceed with development at an exciting time in the coming months.”

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