Romolo Tavani - stock.adobe.com
A few senior appointments this week as firms across the industry reach out to those that deserve promotions or can enter the business with more expertise. It is especially encouraging to see that some loyal staffers have been rewarded with a chance to make a bigger impact in a couple of the instances included in this week’s roundup.
The firm has strengthened its team with the addition of Gareth Meyer as chief operating officer (COO), and James Hunnybourne joining as cloud solutions director. Meyer was previously commercial and operations director for Ultima and has been with the business since 2017. Hunnybourne comes from Softcat, where he was head of technology services and solutions.
“These two appointments come at a fantastic time as we look to drive our business forward. Gareth has contributed hugely to the company over the years, and I’m delighted that he will be leading our global expansion and continuing to ensure excellent business outcomes for our customers,” said Scott Dodds, CEO of Ultima.
“James brings with him a wealth of experience in cloud and customer experience excellence. I know he will contribute significantly to the development of our cloud offering and use his passion for culture and people to develop his team,” he added.
The channel will need to make sure that that Joe Llewellyn, who becomes had of commercial at Vodafone, is in their contacts book. He will be running the comms player’s channel strategy, and has been at the firm since 2006 working in various areas of the business. He is replacing Kathy Quashie, who is leaving Vodafone to join Capita as its chief growth officer in January 2022.
“Our breadth of solutions spanning mobile, fixed, converged and IoT [internet of things] brings huge opportunities for our partners to supporting their customers with their digital transformation. I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with our partners, building on the relationships we’ve established in recent years,” said Llewellyn.
It’s all change at the top at the Google Cloud expert, with Andre Azevedo becoming CEO, succeeding founder David McLeman who will remain on the board as vice-chair.
Azevedo joined Ancoris back in March as COO and came in with nearly a decade of experience in the public cloud, having previously held several senior leadership positions at Cloudreach across sales and marketing, finance and operations, M&A and cloud delivery practices. Prior to that, he held positions at leading organisations such as SAP, Oracle and Dell.
“I’m proud of our achievements as pioneers in cloud computing in the UK and the business is in great shape for the future,” said McLeman. “I am delighted to hand over the reins to Andre, who as COO, has led our sales, marketing and delivery teams since joining us at the beginning of this year. We have a strong management team in place, and I look forward to continuing to support them and Andre as we take on the accelerated growth journey ahead of us with BTPE’s investment.”
The cloud comms player has made a double appointment with Eyal Manor becoming chief product office, and Dana Wagner as chief legal officer. Manor joins after 14 years at Google Cloud, where he was vice-president and general manager of engineering and product. Wagner comes after a spell as chief legal officer position at plant-based food developer Impossible Foods.
“Twilio’s vision is to build the world’s leading customer engagement platform – enabling personalised customer experiences in real-time, across every channel,” said Jeff Lawson, CEO and co-founder of Twilio.
“As Twilio continues to deliver on its next phase of growth, it’s critical that our leaders have deep experience innovating at global scale while keeping privacy and trust at the forefront of everything we do.”