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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

It's the end of the week and that means it is a chance to catch up on all the movers and shakers over the past five working days

The channel never sleeps and that is never more true than when it comes to recruitment. Over the last few days there has been movement at reseller, distributor and vendor levels as firms look to bring fresh talent on board.

Tech Data
The distributor has made a couple of appointments this week as it adds more depth to the support it offers its vendors and key technologies.

Mike Leary has moved across from a three year stint in the print and supplies team to become the firm's first dedicated head of HP MFPs across the UK and Ireland.

"HP’s managed print offerings will be one of the key areas I’ll be working on, helping resellers to understand the benefits of always having access to the latest and best HP technology and optimising the usage of print devices and consumption of accessories. This is a big opportunity and one we really want to develop," said Leary.

The firm also appointed its first Android business development manager giving former Motorola staffer James Turner the responsibility to work with Tech Data Mobile's key Android partners, Samsung and Motorola, to help resellers get the most out of the technology.

David Brassington, vendor director at Tech Data Mobile, said that it had been working hard on the Android front and wanted to keep the momentum going: “Android devices are very well-suited to both personal and business use and we are seeing strong sales growth across all sectors.”

Snow Software
The Software Asset Management specialist has hired Allen Manville to head up its partner operations in the UK. The industry veteran has more than two decades notched up in the IT world, including spells at Microsoft and Adobe, and has a good grip on the SAM market. He will be working with resellers, system integrators and outsourcers.

“My role will be to leverage our strategic partnerships and alliances, which will be instrumental in driving growth and supporting Snow and its partners to fulfil the increasing demand for SAM," said Manville.

Andy Joeres, UK MD & Country Manager at Snow Software, added: “Allen is joining the team at a pivotal time as we build dedicated global alliances to support our growth and expand our partner network. We are committed to our channel and we look forward to seeing the impact that Allen will have in driving momentum and taking our UK alliance partnership strategy to the next level.”

Schneider Electric
The UPS specialist has brought on board Arun Shenoy as vice president in charge of its UK IT business. His CV includes spells at Intel and Romonety and he will be looking to drive sales across data centre, server room and smaller IT power and cooling installation customers.

“The challenge of realising the promise of trends such as Cloud computing, Big Data and the Internet of Things whilst driving operational industrialisation has major ramifications for the data centre industry,” said Shenoy.

“Our customers already depend on us to deliver the most reliable and efficient infrastructure solutions and I am very excited to be joining a company whose solutions, expertise and vision provide the vital infrastructure to accelerate the industry’s expansion in a predictable, efficient, scalable and sustainable way.”

The storage giant has appointed Mark Bregman to the CTO role. He has as career that already spans three decades and includes time at both Symantec and IBM. A lot of his time will now be spent pushing forward innovation around Data Fabric, NetApp's vision for the future of data management.

"Mark will work with NetApp’s Advanced Technology Group anticipating and capitalizing on new and emerging trends,” said Joel Reich, executive vice president of product operations.

With the split from Veritas now fading into the past the security firm is still bedding down its senior management team and has hired former, Microsoft and AWS staffer Dan Rogers to take up the chief marketing officer post.

Rogers will report directly to CEO Michael Brown and will be handling all of the firm's marketing wefforts across digtial, events and demand generation.

Brown said that his CV made Rogers an attractive candidate: “His prior leadership for two of the world’s largest cloud providers will serve as a tremendous asset at Symantec as we secure more cloud-based workloads in the future. We are pleased to have Dan on board to advance our marketing efforts while we continue leading the cybersecurity industry.”

When it comes to hiring someone to run the channel why not turn to someone who recently did just that for Huawei? That was the decision Navisite chose to follow adding David Penny to its executive team as regional channel director to help boost the firm's footprint in the UK.

The managed service player also appointed former Colt and CSC man Gary Smallman to the role of director of operations with a brief of providing services to customers.

"As we continue to grow our business we need the best people at the top to drive our vision of being the most reliable and flexible cloud and managed services provider in the UK. Both David and Gary have a breadth of experience to offer NaviSite and we look forward to having them help grow our business in the increasingly competitive cloud and managed hosting market in the UK and across Europe," said Sean McAvan, managing director, NaviSite.

The identity access management player has brought Harry Gould on board as vice president of worldwide alliances and channels to give partners across the globe some strategic direction. At the same time the firm has also named Juliette Rizkallah as chief marketing officer.

Mark McClain, CEO and co-founder of SailPoint, said that the latest additions would help it drive more growth and support new territory expansion. 

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