Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

It's Friday afternoon, which means it's time for 'Scope's weekly channel roundup

To make your Friday afternoon a bit more manageable, MicroScope has collated the top appointment news from around the channel and brought it you in a digestible format.


Nimble Storage has appointed a new channel boss this week and brought back an old one. Leonard Iventosch joins the team as VP of worldwide channels, while its Mike Munoz returns from a leave of absence to take on the role of vice president of worldwide alliances.

Iventosch is a channel vet, having clocked up 30 years with the likes of EMC, NetApp and Data General.

Munoz, who previously served as vice president of worldwide sales, will now lead the company’s worldwide technology alliances. Both executives will report to Denis Murphy, vice president of worldwide sales.

“With the addition of Leonard and the return of Mike, we are fortifying our executive bench strength and taking a significant step forward toward realizing our vision of redefining and leading the storage industry,” said Denis Murphy, vice president worldwide sales at Nimble Storage. “The combined experience of both executives will be a force to reckon with as our competitors navigate the choppy seas of legacy product transitions, flash storage innovations and rapidly changing customer requirements.”


HP has revealed the roster for the new boards of HP Enterprise and HP Inc, ahead of the split.

The HP Inc board will look like this:
Shumeet Banerji
Carl Bass
Robert R Bennett
Charles V "Chip" Bergh
Stacy Brown-Philpot
Stephanie A Burns
Mary Anne Citrino
Rajiv Gupta
Stacey Mobley
Subra Suresh
Dion Weisler

While the HP Enterprise board will look like this:
Dan Ammann
Marc Andreessen
Michael J Angelakis
Leslie A Brun
Pamela Carter
Klaus Kleinfeld
Raymond J Lane
Ann M Livermore
Raymond E Ozzie
Gary M Reiner
Lip-Bu Tan
Meg Whitman

"In addition to their collective business acumen, the new board members have worked in more than a dozen countries around the world,” HP said in a statement. “They will provide strong leadership and invaluable insights into international operations, market opportunities and effective governance."


The surprising news that Google is to create a new parent company comes with the not-so-surprising news that Sundar Pichai has been made CEO.

Pichai started at Google in 2004, as vice president of product management for Chrome. He has since been put in charge of most of Google's core products, including Maps, Search, Commerce and Android.

Larry Page will now head up the parent company, Alphabet, which will include all of the whacky projects, while Pichai will head up the new streamlined Google business.


Content filtering and security provider Bloxx today announced that it has appointed Marc Fairclough to head up its UK and EMEA channel sales programme.

Fairclough will be tasked with building the UK channel footprint and developing partnerships across Europe.

The new channel boss joins from Smoothwall where he was Head of Global Partner Sales and Alliances.

“Bloxx is a bold company that isn’t afraid to match its channel ambitions with real investment that will have a tangible and positive impact on its partners,” said Fairclough.  

Mark Gibson, sales director, added: “Marc joins at a crucial time. In 2015 our channels sales have grown by 35% when compared with the same period last year. To continue to grow as a company, we need to ensure that we are building on this momentum and I believe that Marc is best placed to help us do to just that.”

Tech Data

The ever busy Tech Data has bolstered its Microsoft cloud team with the addition of Joel Wilson as business development executive for the Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) and Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) programme.

“Interest in CSP is growing fast and SPLA is also attracting more enquiries now,” said Microsoft business manager at Tech Data, Mark Whittle. “We’ve brought Joel in to ensure we can meet those demands. Tech Data puts the customer first and it’s important that we help Microsoft resellers start to understand and benefit from these progressive programmes in every way that we can.”

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