Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

With the week coming to a close it's a chance to look back over the last few days and chart the personnel movements in the channel

Things never stand still in the channel, with both distributors and vendors hiring (and firing), always looking for that dream team of leadership talent. We’ve searched high and low to bring you this week’s round up of who’s gone where.


Steve Ashurst became general manager of EMEA in September of last year and this week, X-IO has announced three new additions to the executive line up.

Mark Zeller has been appointed vice president of North American Sales; Bill Alexander joins as CFO; Ellen Rome comes in as president of Field Enablement and Demand Generation; and John Grover joins as VP of Human Resources.

X-IO also announced that it has recruited Diamond Lauffin of The Lauffin Group chief of channel strategy and execution. Lauffin will work with X-IO’s executive team to bolster its channel programme.

“We continued to innovate our solutions with the introduction of our third generation architecture and the introduction of our all-flash array; both solutions which launched this year shows how adaptive, balanced and simple X-IO solutions are,” said Bill Miller, CEO of X-IO. “Talented individuals are at the heart of X-IO and are crucial to our long-term growth and direction.”

F5 Networks

F5 Networks has appointed former Hitachi Data Systems and BMC Software channel boss Neil Burton as head of Channel and Alliances for the UK, Ireland and Sub-Saharan Africa (UKISSA) region.

Prior to HDS and BMC, the channel vet spent 11 years at Computacenter, where he headed the Datacenter Solutions business line and specialist sales force.

“Neill joins F5 at a very important time for the company,” said Myles Bray, regional vice-president, Sales, UK, Ireland and Sub-Saharan Africa. “Hybrid cloud enablement and related security issues are changing the way our customers deliver applications, which in turn is leading to shifting procurement and partner strategies.  

“Neill will be key in repositioning F5 to ensure our customers’ needs continue to be met in a market where partners and influencers deliver outcomes using a mixed blend of technologies and services.”

Pulse Secure

Access and mobile security solutions provider Pulse Secure announced the appointment of a new CEO, with Sudhakar Ramakrishna taking the reins, effective immediately.

Ramakrishna was formerly SVP and general manager for Citrix’s Enterprise and Service Provider Division, and before that, president of Products and Services at Polycom.

Vision RT

Vision RT has announced the appointment of Parth Amin as vice president of Strategic Alliances.

Amin was previously as director of Strategic Alliances at Omnicell and before that, spent five years at Varian Medical Systems as director of Alliance Management.

“This is a very exciting appointment for Vision RT,” commented Norman Smith, Vision RT CEO. “Having developed an excellent working relationship with Parth during his time at Varian, we are thrilled to have him on board. The addition of Parth to the Vision RT leadership team will strengthen our strategic alliances and help advance our ultimate goal of Vision RT’s motion management system being used on every patient, for every fraction of every treatment.”


Data integration and management software provider Informatica
Has appointed two new executives. Ginna Raahauge has joined as senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) and Jeff Moses will serve as senior vice president of Cloud Sales.

Raahauge was most recently the senior vice president and CIO of Riverbed and Moses was COO and SVP of Customer Engagement and Commerce for SAP, North America & Latin America.

Tech Data UK

Tech Data UK announced the appointment of Matt Child as managing director of Tech Data Mobile UK and Ireland.

Although Child has more than seven years working in the mobile distribution sector, his most recent role was working at Leeds United Football Club as COO. Prior to that he was director of trading at Phones 4 U.

“I am delighted to be taking up this new challenge and honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead Tech Data Mobile to the next phase of its growth and development,” Child commented. “Having had several opportunities to return to mobile it was important for me to join the right business.”

“With an extensive range of Windows, Android and iOS platforms, along with significant stock-holding and advanced logistics capabilities, we have an unrivalled opportunity to not only continue to develop its existing customer base but to engage and deliver new customers to the UK Business.”

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