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Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

A roundup of some of the personnel changes in the past working week includes some senior appointments

At this time of year, Valentine’s Day, minds turn to finding the perfect match. Over the last working week, there have been a few firms across the industry that have settled on the personnel they hope will deliver results they can cherish.


Paul Eccleston has been appointed vice-president of international for partners and alliances at zero-trust security player Zscaler. His name should ring a bell for folk across the channel as a result of his CV, which includes a recent spell as executive chairman and CEO of Nuvias Group.

“Zscaler’s proposition to the channel is the strongest I’ve ever seen, and I’m very much looking forward to maximising this opportunity in my new role,” he said. ‘I’m thrilled to be joining a company that is actively focusing on the channel, by growing successful relationships with distribution, service providers, system integrators, value-added resellers and alliance partners to address the explosive growth in digital transformation and zero-trust security as an answer to ‘working from anywhere’ requirements and secure multicloud environments.”


The data specialist has turned to Ghazal Asif, former head of channel partners in EMEA at Google, to become its vice-president of global partners and alliances. She will be responsible for leading the firm’s global channel and partner strategy to drive continued growth and engagement with current and future partners.

“We keep investing in the success of our extensive partner strategy and Ghazal’s leadership and channel experience will continue to fuel our data security growth,” said Brian McCarthy, CRO at Rubrik. “She will act as a catalyst for scaling our partner enablement and accelerating our go-to-market channel strategy around the world.”

Google Cloud

The firm has rolled out the red carpet to welcome Helen Kelisky as managing director, UK and Ireland. She joins Google Cloud from OpenText, where she was vice-president of B2B EMEA sales. Her CV also includes time at Salesforce, where she also held a senior executive role on the cloud front.

“We are thrilled to have Helen join us as we accelerate the next stage of growth,” said Adaire Fox-Martin, EMEA cloud president at Google Cloud. “She brings a wealth of experience with her to the Google Cloud family.”

Glide Group

The broadband connectivity specialist has welcomed Max Fernando as head of regulation and compliance, representing Glide in policy and regulatory discussions. He has expertise in this area, having previously worked as regulatory manager at BT.

“Glide sits in a position of huge opportunity over the next few years as it increases its fibre coverage and its ability to offer a unique mix of services to a wider audience,” said Fernando. “Glide has many strengths and the company culture is fantastic, which is of real importance to me. I look forward to raising Glide’s profile to match our size, network coverage and the quality of our offerings.”

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