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For those willing to stay up all night, this week’s blood moon was something special. The lunar eclipse coincided with what is known as a perigee, the point in the moon’s orbit that brings it closest to Earth and therefore looks 14% larger. Super blood moons have a not been scientifically proven to have an impact on the ebb and flow of channel executives, but here at MicroScope, we’ve decided that the two are inextricably linked. Here is your weekly channel roundup.
Veeam has appointed Richard Agnew as North West EMEA vice president.
The new VP joins Veeam from virtual computing firm VCE, where he served as regional director for its UK & Ireland business. He previously held positions at NetApp, Decru and EMC.
“Richard’s appointment is a real coup for Veeam,” said Olivier Robinne, VP of EMEA at large. “He brings a solid history of success as a sales leader. With a focus on strict sales discipline and rigor, he also has significant expertise in how to operationalise, scale and manage a rapidly growing technology company like Veeam.”
Mark Johnson also joins Veeam, heading up the UK&I channel business. Johnson joins from CommVault, where he led the company’s UK channel operations.
Commenting on the new channel appointment, Robinne said: “The relationships and partnerships that Mark has developed over his career will be a valuable asset in helping drive forward the strong channel growth we are seeing in the UK & Ireland.”
“The channel is a crucial component of Veeam’s business model, and it’s great that Veeam has been able to secure Mark’s services to develop even greater sales and ProPartner relationships”.
Polycom has announced the appointment of David Fisher as director of Channel Strategy and Programmes for EMEA.
As the title suggests, Fisher will be responsible for ‘channel strategy, tactics and promotions to create interest, demand and recognition for Polycom solutions’.
The new channel boss joins from Zebra Technologies, where he held a similar position.
“I am very pleased to have David join the leadership team in Europe,” said Marco Landi, EMEA president, Polycom. “David’s strong background in channel and programme management will help continue to drive Polycom’s success and leadership in EMEA. David will focus on strengthening our go-to-market with our strategic partners and the wider channel community.”
IT infrastructure company AAG has announced Jason Fitzgerald as its new sales director.
Fitzgerald comes over from sunny Sydney, Australia to join the team in soaking Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He was previously the managing director of a geo-spatial aviation consultancy business.
“We're very excited to have Jason joining us as sales director, and I'm confident his detailed understanding and experience of IT vertical markets, combined with his proven strategic expertise are going to be key assets to our sales efforts,” said AAG's managing director, Alexa Greaves.
Fitzgerald commented: “I'm delighted to be joining AAG, it's a fast growing, technologically innovative company and I'm looking forward to working with the talented sales teams to maximise revenues and open up new markets.”
Brainstorm Mobile Solutions
Brainstorm Mobile Solutions announced the appointment of Jeremy Deaner as its new CEO. Already in place, Deaner was previously CEO at AmberFin and prior to that, held a senior management role at telecommunications specialist Geneva Technology.