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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

MicroScope gives you the low down on who's gone where in the channel this week


Exertis has announced two new appointments this week - Ian Ainsworth as business development manager and Jordan Hobday as components business unit product manager.

Ainsworth has been at the distie for seven years and will be responsible managing relationships across the channel, working with key resellers to support them in developing their business.

“This is an exciting time to be appointed and I am looking forward to creating and developing existing relationships within the channel.,” Ainsworth said. “There are lots of new initiatives and ideas which are being implemented across the business which will help to support our customers further.”

Simon Barnard, general manager of Exertis’ Computing division, commented: “This role is integral to the success within the B2B channel and enables us to build on the strong foundations and relationships already built. Resellers and manufacturers will really benefit from the additional focus and expertise that Ian brings.”

Hobday spent two years with Exertis’ component partner Gigabyte. Prior to that, he was an account manager in the Components sales team at Exertis.

“I am very excited to be joining Exertis’ Components Business Unit,” Hobday said. “I’m keen to use the relationships and knowledge I have developed to add value by driving growth from day one.”

Stuart Hatch, Exertis’ Components general manager, added, “I am pleased to welcome Jordan back into the business. He will be a key part of our continued focus, success and growth within the PC Gaming and Components marketplace and I am sure he will make an invaluable contribution to the business within a short space of time.”


AMD has announced that its corporate vice president of Worldwide Component Channel Darren Grasby has been promoted to the newly-created position of president of AMD.

Grasby was previously responsible for driving AMD’s global channel and regional OEM sales organization. He’s been with AMD since 2007 and played a key role in restructuring the firm’s channel sales organization in EMEA.

“Darren is a proven leader who is ideally suited to drive deeper customer, partner, and stakeholder relationships across EMEA as a part of helping AMD accomplish our long-term business goals,” said Dr. Lisa Su, president and chief executive officer at AMD. “This new role will allow him to broaden his influence and reach in supporting AMD’s customers, partners and employees while also promoting and enhancing our regional reputation and prominence as an innovative technology pioneer.”

Commenting on his appointment, Grasby said: “At our core, AMD is focused on building great products to the benefit of our partners and customers. EMEA is widely renowned as a stronghold of opportunity and I’m excited to expand our pipeline for success across the region.”


Informatica has announced the appointment of Steve Murphy as senior vice president, EMEA. Murphy brings the prerequisite two decades of experience to the role and will be responsible for driving the growth of EMEA and the development of new markets.

His most recent role was as vice president of global & emerging markets at Hitachi Data Systems (HDS). 

“Steve’s deep understanding of how to help organisations address information challenges means he is perfectly placed to ensure our customers extract greater value from their data investments,” said Charles Race, executive vice president worldwide field operations at Informatica. “Despite big data and the cloud now being vital to business strategies, companies are still struggling to build a data-driven organisation that is fit for the digital era. Steve will provide the strong leadership needed to ensure Informatica continues to cater to the high demand for information solutions across EMEA.”


Outsourcery announced the appointment of Emma De Sousa as managing director, with a primary focus on driving Outsourcery’s sales and marketing activity.

De Sousa joins the CSP from Insight, where she held a variety of positions, including operations director for EMEA, managing director of Germany and regional vice president of Southern Europe. The appointment will take effect on April 1 2016. 

“We are delighted to announce Emma’s appointment,” said former Dragon and co-CEO Piers Linney. “I have no doubt that Emma’s extensive experience and strong track record will prove to be of immense value to the business as we look to further develop our go-to-market activities for the public and commercial sectors.”

De Sousa added: “I am thrilled to be joining this leading Cloud Services organisation. Outsourcery has fantastic capabilities with a proven track-record of helping customers transform their businesses, reduce costs and improve productivity.” 

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