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Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

Personnel changes at Arrow ECS, Exertis and Emarsys, and Agilitas IT Solutions backs its sustainability commitments

Another week of personnel movement across the industry, with a couple of appointments in distribution that caught the eye. When the experience is right, firms are happy to promote from within, which has also happened a couple of time in the last few days.

Arrow Electronics

All change at the top of the business, with Nick Bannister becoming vice-president of enterprise computing solutions business in the UK and Ireland. Bannister has been with the business for 11 years and was most recently vice-president strategic alliances, EMEA. He joined the business back in 2010 as a director of Sphinx CST when that firm was acquired. 

“Nick is an outstanding leader with a proven track record and extensive knowledge of the channel in the UK and EMEA,” said Eric Nowak, president for Arrow’s enterprise computing solutions business in EMEA. “His wealth of experience will be key in creating opportunities for our customers and vendors over the coming years, and I’m confident that Nick will set the roadmap for the next stage of growth in this key region.”


The distributor has appointed Sam Williams as director of sales – B2B. He is no stranger to Exertis, having worked for the business for 15 years, most recently as director of sales (accessories and own brand) for the past 18 months.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to lead our B2B sales function,” said Williams. “We have a great foundation to work from, with an ambitious, talented and highly experienced team. Exertis is a fast-moving and dynamic business and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Agilitas IT Solutions

The services specialist has made a commitment to provide sustainable inventory management with its eVentory Charter and backed that up by appointing Deborah Johnson compliance manager as the company’s head of sustainability.

Shaun Lynn, CEO of Agilitas, said: “At Agilitas, we are fully committed to supporting the channel with solutions that recycle, rework, reuse to extend the lifecycle of IT products and exceed targets for a more sustainable future. Our vision is simple – to act with impact and build a more sustainable and healthy future for our planet, people and partners, working towards the UK’s crucial ambitions for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”


Joanna Milliken has been given the chance to impress in the role of CEO from the start of next month. She has been head of SAP customer experience marketing and comes into a business that is 10 months into its life as a SAP-owned company. Milliken replaces Ohad Hecht, who spent 12 years at Emarsys, including five as CEO. 

“It has been tremendously exciting to see the evolution of marketing, how marketers used to fight for a seat at the table but are now tasked with impacting the entire customer experience,” said Joanna Milliken. “This isn’t a task, it’s a privilege and I’m super-motivated to partner with marketers on shaping their business to drive real outcomes in this critical time. That is why we at Emarsys are committed to giving power back to the marketer.”

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