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Channel roundup: Who's Gone Where?

Your weekly roundup of new hires, promotions and resignations in the channel

There was really only one story this week – the Dell-EMC mega deal. The largest technology deal in history had pundits scrambling to understand what it means for the industry at large, while channel partners were trying to understand the impact it will have on the complex ecosystem that surrounds EMC’s federation.

Away from the mayhem, the big wheel keeps on turning, the channel keeps and flowing and so it is time, once again, to see who has gone where. 

Nimble Storage

Nimble Storage has announced that Janet Matsuda has joined the company’s executive team as chief marketing officer. Matsuda was most recently at Blue Coat Systems, and before that, held positions at AMD and Mercury Interactive.

Dan Leary has also been promoted to vice president of products, solutions and alliances.

“As we double down to accelerate customer acquisition in the enterprise segment, we must leverage our marketing investments to establish the Nimble Storage brand with enterprise IT leaders,” said CEO Suresh Vasudevan. “Janet brings in-depth marketing expertise and a proven track record in building category-leading brands and executing highly-effective marketing initiatives that boost brand awareness and revenue growth. We welcome Janet to our executive management team.”

Violin Memory

Violin Memory announced two new appointments to the company’s global sales organization this week. Carlo Wolf joins Violin as vice president of sales for EMEA, while Magnus Almquist will head up Asia Pacific, Latin America and emerging markets.

“Carlo and Magnus bring strong international backgrounds, sales leadership, and industry insight, so customers around the globe will receive excellent guidance and support as they migrate from legacy disk to an all flash data centre” said Said Ouissal, head of Violin Memory’s worldwide field operations.


TIBCO Software announced the appointment of Steve Hurn as senior vice president of sales, EMEA.

Prior to the new appointment, Hurn was senior VP and general manager of cloud and line of business at SAP. He was CEO at Reevoo, and has held executive positions at Oracle and Cramer Systems.

“The speed of business and the ever-increasing flow of data from disparate sources has made cloud computing the go-to model for storing and accessing data,” said Raj Verma, executive vice president, worldwide infrastructure sales, TIBCO. “In tandem with our Fast Data platform, the cloud makes for a strong proposition and natural area of focus and investment. Steve’s appointment is central to this, and his calibre and experience is evidence of our broader commitment to this area of our operations.”

Hurn added: “I join TIBCO during one of the most transformative moments in the company’s illustrious history. In my role, I will ensure that our comprehensive solution set translates into tangible value for our customers, enabling them to realise the business benefits offered by TIBCO’s Fast Data platform.”


TP-LINK has appointed Mark Torrans to the position of ISP sales director for the UK and Ireland.

Torrans joins TP-LINK from ETI Software Solutions, where he was VP of European sales. In his new role, he will work closely with ISPs and service providers. 

Torrans has ample experience in telecommunications and ISP markets. He cut his teeth at the Ministry of Defence working with RF technology, before moving onto the likes of Marconi Communications, Technicolor and ZyXEL. 

“TP-LINK has created an incredibly successful consumer brand over the past five years in the UK and Europe,” said Torrans. “The next stage is to mirror that success in the Service Provider sector of the UK and Irish markets. The product set and generous warranty period is a perfect fit for ISPs offering customers high speed, reliable routers, range extenders and powerlines for a total solution.”


Infoblox has announced that Ricardo Moreno has taken on the role of vice president of worldwide channels. Moreno will be responsible for all aspects of the channel business, including partner recruitment, development and programmes.

Moreno joins Infoblox after 18 year stint at Cisco. Most recently he was vice president for the U.S. and Latin America partner organisation.

Prior to that, he was senior director for strategy, planning and programmes, heading up the Worldwide Partner Programme.

“Ricardo has the skills and experience to build a world-class channel partner programme for Infoblox,” said Thorsten Freitag, executive vice president of worldwide field operations at Infoblox. “I’m confident Ricardo will drive ‘win-win’ improvements in our channel program, making it easier and more profitable for channel partners to work with us.”

Moreno commented: “I’m excited to join Infoblox, an industry leader in network control, because the company has a great story to share with channel partners and is very committed to a partner-centric model.”


TTG owned systems integrator affini Technology, has appointed Kevin Newport as CEO.

Newport has help senior roles in technology and media sectors with the BBC, Technicolor, Siemens and Capgemini Group.

“affini has a great track record in delivering unified communications and IT services while also working with customers to develop their long term technology roadmaps,” said the new CEO. “Taking our existing expertise in asset tracking and critical communications we will partner with customers on emerging technologies like M2M but with a clear focus on driving value to the business.” 

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