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Who's gone where: Moves this week at Exertis, Citrix and Seagate

It's time to capture the movement in the channel this week with some major moves at distribution and vendor level

The channel never sleeps and it has been another busy week of coming’s and going’s with some viewing this as the time to start a fresh chapter in their careers.

One of those heading to pastures new was Grahame Smee who has decided to leave his post as managing director of Exerts VAD Solutions. The decision to leave comes two years after the distributor acquired Smee’s former company Cohort Technologies. He wished the company well in the future and said that he had enjoyed the last couple of years. Gerry O'Keeffe, group managing director, Exertis, said that Smee has played a key role in helping integrate the Cohort business,  “to create a dynamic and growing division that has flourished to become a key part of Exertis’ IT proposition". Smee has a long history in the channel and it would be a fair bet to expect him to pop up again in the industry soon.

Another departure was happening over at business intelligence player Splunk, which has bid farewell to its president and CEO Godfrey Sullivan. He has decided to retire and bring to an end a seven year spell with the firm. He is going to be succeeded by Doug Merritt, who has been the senior vice president, field operations. Sullivan will remain on the board and will make sure there is a smooth transition for Merritt. “As senior vice president for field operations for Splunk, Doug has consistently delivered outstanding financial results. He has continued to build a world-class field organisation and channel that are taking Splunk and its customers to new levels of success,” said John Connors, lead independent director at the firm.

The security player has appointed John Kelly to the position of vice president of channel sales. He comes from Imperva, where he was vice president of Americas channel sales and presided over a 150% increase in indirect business over a five year period. He has also worked at Cisco Systems, Tibco and LogLogic.  "Tripwire’s proven technology is more relevant now than ever, and our opportunity to grow our reach through our partners is tremendous.  Tripwire has significant, and accelerating, momentum in the channel and I am pleased to have the opportunity to take the program to the next level,” said Kelly.

The firm has announced that Sherif Seddik has landed the role as managing director and vice president for EMEA. As part of his brief he will not only be expected to drive growth but is also being tasked with ‘cultivating’ the partner ecosystem.  His 27 year career includes a recent spell at Microsoft as general manager of the Western Europe enterprise and partner group. “Sherif’s previous success in driving growth in a range of markets will be a great asset to the future success of Citrix business,” said Carlos Sartorius, senior vice president of worldwide sales and services.  “He has experience with the channel, service provider and enterprise sales models.  And he has consistently demonstrated an ability to grow and manage dynamic and large business in multilingual and cultural environments,” he added.

The storage player has also been adding some new talent to its channel operations bringing Simon Chamberlain on board as EMEA senior channel director. He has worked with the channel before in various different roles at HP, Iomega, EMC and Lenovo. His task will be to enhance the existing EMEA channel strategy as well as to take advantage of new opportunities that emerge. “With a broad product portfolio and a strong commitment to building and maintaining relationships with existing and potential partners, I’m very delighted to be leading the EMEA channel business,” he said.

It has been a busy week at the datacenter management specialist with four senior appointments coming at once. Danny Reeves, who was previously CIO at Balfour Beatty, becomes COO; Richard Rowson, who was CFO at Global Switch, takes up the same role at Romonet. A couple of staff have also joined from RF Code, with Richard Jenkins becoming senior vice president of global market and Chad Riesling landed the SVP of global sales role.  “With our recent partnerships in Asia, the granting of our patents in Japan, China and the UK, along with a convergence with market timing and Romonet’s cloud-based platform, our challenge has been to meet and develop this growing awareness. This strengthened management team emphasises the capability and maturity of our solution for cloud, colocation and global enterprises,” said Zahl Limbuwala, CEO of Romonet.​

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