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With the busy fourth quarter beckoning, it has been a relatively quiet week. Nonetheless, a few key appointments have been made in the channel, as vendors, distributors and resellers look to get the best team on board.
McAfee for president
Okay, so it’s not really channel news; in fact, it’s not really news at all, but it’s Friday, so it’s worth mentioning that the most eccentric character in IT, John McAfee, has announced that he wants to be the next President of the United States.
The man who faked a heart attack to flee Guatemala and get back to the US, after authorities in Belize wanted to talk to him in relation to a murder; and who, just last month, was busted in Tennessee for driving under the influence and in possession of a firearm, now says that he is ‘the most competent’ man for the job.
If MicroScope hadn’t seen Donald Trump’s approval ratings, we might think this was a big wind up.
Only in America.
Back in reality, Advanced Computer Software has announced the appointment of its new CEO, Gordon Wilson.
Advanced has quickly become the third largest UK-based software provider, growing its revenue to £200m+ in six years. The Group was acquired by private equity firm, Vista Equity Partners for an enterprise value of £750m in March 2015.
Wilson joins the Group with over 20 years’ management experience in the software and business support sectors. He was MD at Kerridge Automotive Systems, ADP Dealer Services and more recently leading Aquilaheywood.
“Gordon brings a wealth of experience to Advanced’s Senior Management Team,” commented Brian Sheth, co-founder and president of Vista Equity Partners. “His strong track record of growing businesses, combined with his strategic and motivational skills will drive forward Advanced’s growth and enable the Group to fulfil its ambition of being regarded as a major player both in the UK and internationally.”
Wilson added, “Advanced has already built an excellent reputation in the UK and I was impressed by the diversity of the markets it operates in. These are just two of the reasons I’m looking forward to joining the Group. My goal is to build on the success of the business, focusing on expansion by investing in people, products, processes and systems and in turn providing innovative, cutting edge technology solutions to our customers.”
WhiteHat Security announced that Fiona Doak is to take up the position of director of channels in EMEA.
Doak has clocked up two decades of channel experience and will be responsible for developing and restructuring WhiteHat’s EMEA channel programme.
Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto networks has announced the appointment of Greg Day as vice president and regional chief security officer for EMEA.
Day will be based in London, and will be responsible for regional cybersecurity strategy development in EMEA.
“Legacy technologies and point security products are failing to address increasingly complex threats,” Day said. “As security increasingly takes a seat at the boardroom table, the need for a next-generation approach and focus on preventing breaches is critical. I am pleased to be a part of the Palo Alto Networks team that is providing actionable insights to maintain trust in the digital age.”
Networks First has promoted Daljit Paul to the newly created role ‘head of service strategy’. Paul was previously head of services at Networks First.
In Paul’s new role, he will work closely with partners and account managers to develop new services.
“Staying abreast of the latest networking technologies and innovations is paramount for any channel organisation,” Paul said, “there’s an expectation from our partners that we are able to deliver new services to meet demand from their customers. The Internet of Things, in particular, is already having an impact on traditional networks so I’ll be looking at how we can enable that type of technology to be deployed via our partners, as well as looking at new and up and coming vendors to expand our portfolio.”