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Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

A few personnel moves caught the eye in the last working week as the channel continues to seek out talent

In the latest batch of executive appointments, it is worth noting that the channel is pulling in and attracting skilled staff who have worked in other sectors as firms look to get the right personnel in place to close out the year and kick on with a strong 2022.

Six Degrees

Last month, the cloud managed service provider brought Chris Abbott on board to become COO and Six Degrees has followed that up with a double appointment of Gareth Lailey to the role of chief revenue officer (CRO) and Philip Wood to the post of chief product & technical officer (CPTO). Lailey joins from Rackspace, where he was most recently sales director. Wood joins from easyJet, where he was director of services and transformation lead.

“Today’s organisations are recognising that cloud technology has the potential to help them achieve growth and differentiation,” said Six Degrees CEO Simon Crawley-Trice. “Cloud can be complex, however, and we all know we’re operating in an increasingly hostile digital environment.”

ITAM Forum

The IT asset management industry group has hired Mark Flynn as commercial director. He knows the market well, with previous roles as managing director of Snow Software, CEO of Enterprise Opinions and director – SAM SaaS services at Civica.

“As a veteran of the industry who has held a number of senior service and commercial roles, Mark is well versed in both software and IT asset management,” said Martin Thompson, founder of the ITAM Forum. “He understands what is required to promote the business practice of ITAM and to advance the ITAM profession as a whole.

“Mark has a particular interest in the work the Forum is doing to create the world’s first ISO 19770 certification scheme. He knows how important and beneficial this will be for the ITAM industry, and the wider business community, so he is keen to help bring it to market.”

Axis Communications

The network video player has appointed Shirley Phillips-Knight as its sales manager for the UK and Ireland.  Her CV spans more than two decades in the industry and includes time working in distribution and at Axis partner Norbain SD. Phillips-Knight’s arrival also coincides with Axis celebrating 25 years since the launch of its very first network camera.

“I am extremely proud to be a part of the Axis Communications team and to help realise the company’s future success,” she said.


The interactive display specialist has expanded its sales team in the EMEA region with the appointment of Carley Everton, business development manager. Her CV includes time in sales roles at Optoma, Crestron and AMX. At Avocor, Everton will look after the development of strategic relationships and will identify sales opportunities in the UK, primarily in the South and London. She will also be the key contact with AV and IT consultants, keeping them abreast of the latest Avocor products and solutions.

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