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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

MicroScope's weekly roundup of who has gone where in the channel

It’s been a relatively quiet week in the channel, so we thought we’d start with the welcome news that the FTSE 100 has reached a milestone, with 25% of board positions now being filled by women.

Lord Davies’ report found that there are now more women on FTSE 350 boards than ever before, with female representation more than doubling since 2011.

There’s still a long way to go; but at long last, we appear to be heading in the right direction.


Fujitsu has announced Kevin Matthews as its new sales director for the UK & Ireland’s Technology Product Group. He has been working with Fujitsu over the past four months to accelerate the channel business.

Matthews has held a number of senior sales leadership positions at the likes of Compaq and HP, where he was director of the UK's indirect enterprise business. 

Tom Roche, VP of Technology Products Group at Fujitsu UK&I, said: “This is a very exciting time for Fujitsu and our growth ambitions for Fujitsu’s product business. As sales director, Kevin brings years of industry expertise and insight that will prove invaluable as we embark onto the next phase of our strategy. We look forward to driving further success in our products business with Kevin now at the helm.”


Cirba announced the appointment of VMware man Ben Fathi to its board of directors.

Fathi was CTO of VMware as well as senior vice president in charge of vSphere, however, was one of a series of exectuives to jump ship back in August.

He is currently head of engineering at Internet performance and security provider CloudFlare.

“I am excited about joining Cirba’s board of directors,” Fathi said. “I first heard about Cirba from friends who were impressed with the product and the capex and opex savings it offered in their virtualised environments. Discussions with executives from the company as well as other members of the board of directors convinced me that they have a winning strategy and a great product. I look forward to working with Gerry and the team as they define the next generation of products and services from Cirba.”

Gerry Smith, president and CEO of Cirba, commented:“I am thrilled to be working with Ben. He has spent the last three decades building products that power the infrastructures of our customers and I cannot think of anyone more qualified to contribute to Cirba’s vision and strategy.” 


Exertis has appointed Kevin Paterson as its new Chief Operating Officer.

Paterson started his career as a research scientist at Unilever, and has since gone on to manage a range of high profile projects. At Universal Music, he centralised the global supply chain and integrated EMI Records. At Vodafone, he managed the company’s outsourced operations with UTL, and at Carphone Warehouse, he worked on the merger with Dixons.

“This is an exciting time to be joining Exertis particularly in view of the current change programmes and opportunities they create, it fully plays to my strengths and passion around business change,” said Paterson. “I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into the new challenges and opportunities that lie in store.”


Symantec confirmed that its vice president of Northern Europe, Keith Bird, has stepped down, less than six months after stepping up.

Bird came over from competitor Check Point back in June and was responsible for business growth in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics.

No reason was given for the surprise departure. Symantec said in a statement:

“Keith Bird, vice president and managing director of Northern Europe, has decided to leave Symantec to pursue other opportunities  in the industry. Symantec appreciates his contributions to the company and wishes him well for the future.”


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