Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

As we come hurtling towards the end of 2015, MicroScope - once again - brings you a weekly roundup of who has gone where in the channel


Artisan Infrastructure announced the appointment of Chris Wiser as its new MSP Channel Chief. Wiser joins Artisan following the sale of his MSP company TechSquad IT.

Wiser will focus on developing MSPs in the delivery of Artisan’s cloud-based solutions.

“The addition of Chris Wiser to the Artisan Infrastructure team is a natural fit for both parties,” said Brian Hierholzer, CEO of Artisan Infrastructure. “With more than a decade of experience running a successful MSP, coupled with our desire to grow and enhance our products and services in this space, Chris will be chartered with designing and building out our MSP channel with valuable first-hand knowledge of the industry. 

Wiser commented: “I am very excited to share the successes I achieved while leading TechSquad with the team at Artisan Infrastructure. It is my goal to grow the company’s channel partner program, and increase the number of active MSPs who will benefit from our tailored solutions -- designed to help them meet business objectives.”


Copy data virtualisation specialist Actifio announced that it is adding five new senior hires to its team:

Chris Hammans - sales director, Europe

Mark Crawford - services director, EMEA

Steve Jackson - channel director, EMEA

Thorsten Eckert - sales director DACH and

Simon Chassar - commercial director, Europe

Greg Scorziello, EMEA general manager, said: “We have selected five senior level business executives from the realm of virtualisation to combine their experience with our technology. Actifio customers will benefit from this expertise to deliver material value and operational efficiency to their companies though data management virtualisation. With the new extended team we will be supplying high quality solutions for enterprise customers and continue our growth in EMEA.”


NewVoiceMedia announced the appointment of Darren Smith as SVP Sales Engineering.

Smith will be responsible for heading up the organisation’s sales engineering team and assisting with new business and customer account management. He joins from Salesforce, where he held various executive positions across sales engineering and platform architecture. He also served time at both Microsoft and Oracle.

“I’m extremely pleased to welcome Darren to our leadership team,” said CEO Jonathan Gale. “His considerable experience, energy, and industry relationships will make him a great asset to NewVoiceMedia and I look forward to his contribution to our future as we further accelerate our international expansion and continue to reinforce our position as leader in the cloud customer contact technology market”.

Smith added, “I am excited to join the leader in cloud customer contact technology. NewVoiceMedia has both an impressive growth trajectory and culture of technical innovation, and I’m looking forward to continuing to build on its incredible global success”.


NetApp announced that Alfred Manhart will head up its combined channel and system integration (SI) division in the EMEA region. He takes on responsibility for channel enablement, distribution, multi-national partners, and system integrators. NetApp says that by consolidating its channel and integration services into one division, the team is able to deliver a more cohesive experience to customers.

“Our channel ecosystem is the foundation of NetApp’s go-to-market strategy from enterprise to MSB,” Manhart commented. “More importantly, partners are a critical success factor when it comes to demonstrating how NetApp’s Data Fabric vision can enable new thinking and new business models. I will invest my full experience to support this process.”

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