Executive musical chairs: A week of change for the channel

Lenovo, AMD, Cisco, NetApp, GFI Software and Exertis all announce changes to their senior management teams this week

The channel has been having a bit of a spring clean this week, with executives stepping up (and down) as far as the eye can see.


Lenovo is the latest company to announce a reshuffle, with David McQuarrie taking on the responsibility of the UK and Ireland. McQuarrie will remain VP and General Manager of Lenovo’s North region in EMEA (Nordics, Benelux and Baltics).

The current UK boss Marc Godin is to take up the title: VP of Supply Chain EMEA, a newly created role aimed at driving ‘competitive advantage across the growing product portfolio through a best-in-industry supply chain operation’.

Further afield, Lenovo also announced two more moves, raising a few eyebrows. Liu Jun, executive VP of Lenovo Mobile Business Group and chairman of the Motorola Mobility management board is to step down. Taking his place will be Chen Xudong, who has been heading up ShenQi, a Chinese sub-brand of mobile devices.

Jun is to become a ‘special consultant to the CEO on mobile business and strategy’, whatever that means.


Exertis has brought in some new blood with the appointment of channel veteran Jon Atherton as Commercial Development Director. Atherton, who has two decades of channel experience and presumably a healthy little black book of contacts, will work with commercial teams to expand the distie’s current portfolio.

“Jon brings a wealth of experience to his role at Exertis at a time when the company’s momentum and appetite for growth shows no sign of slowing down,” said Phil Brown, Exertis’ B2B director. “I am confident that with his skills, knowledge and contacts, Jon will help Exertis make serious in-roads into the new opportunities in the channel. We welcome him to the team.”

Also joining Team Exertis is Ian Neale, another channel vet, who will be taking on the title of AV Business Unit Manager. The AV expert will be heading up Exertis’ LFD, Commercial & Hotel TV and Digital Signage Sector.

GFI Software

And it doesn’t stop there. Cisco’s soon-to-be-CEO cut some senior deadwood this week and NetApp got rid of its commander in chief. Not wanting to be left out of a weekly news roundup, security vendor GFI Software named Scott Brighton as its new chief executive officer.

Brighton was appointed CEO following the sale of a 100% shareholding in GFI Software to new investors. Details of the deal have not been disclosed.

The new CEO said that he was coming into the role with acquisitions on the mind.

"We see an aggressive M&A strategy as a key part of our growth,” Brighton said. “We expect to develop as a core competency acquiring great but complex technology that we can transform in to simple, cloud-enabled products that drive immediate value for customers. Our customers and channel partners are going to be thrilled by the expansion of our portfolio we expect to drive over the next 24 months."


Jim Anderson has joined AMD as senior VP and general manager for the company’s computing and graphics business group. The former-Intel man will have wide ranging responsibilities, heading up strategy, business management, engineering and sales.

“Jim's business and technical expertise make him another strong addition to AMD's leadership team,” said Lisa Su, president and CEO of the chipmaker. “His deep industry knowledge and proven ability to transform businesses to drive profitable growth make him the ideal candidate to lead the Computing and Graphics business."

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