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Who's gone where: Moves this week at Lenovo, Tech Data and WiFi Spark

Your weekly roundup of activity in the channel. Who's been hired? Who's been fired? Who's gone where...

Lenovo

Lenovo announced that Pascal Bourguet will be joining the company as vice president of Products & Channels, EMEA.

Channel vet Bourguet was most recently EMEA VP of the consumer PC business at HP. He will take up the role, starting in March 2016.

“Pascal brings a fantastic track record of leadership that I’m looking forward to welcoming to our team in the New Year,” said Eric Cador, senior vice president of Lenovo. “His experience speaks for itself, but his passion and approach to doing business will be a fantastic addition to our EMEA management team.”

TmaxSoft

TmaxSoft has appointed Songmin Andy Kim to executive vice president of its global division.

MIT graduate Kim worked at Intel for 17 years, working his way up to senior vice president of Fusion Technology Research and the Business Development Lab for Korea’s major mobile carrier - SK Telecom.

Mr. Kim said, “I feel very proud in the fact we are developing cutting-edge system software technology, and our products are competing in the global market.  With my global background, I will do my best to build a winning global organization and culture between our HQ and overseas subsidiaries, thereby unleashing TmaxSoft’s potential in the global stage.”

Tech Data

Tech Data Mobile has further bolstered its sales and business development teams, appointing Dan Manser as field sales executive and Erebouni Torosyan as iPhone business development manager.

As part of the Tech Data Mobile sales team, Manser will be working directly with partners on their business development plans with a particular focus on the commercial sector.

“I’m thrilled to have taken this new role with Tech Data Mobile, where I will have every opportunity to utilise my experience in mobile distribution and develop sales across all mobile platforms,” Manser said.

Torosyan takes on the newly-created position of iPhone business development manager and will work to expand opportunities with partners across business and retail segments.

“This is a good opportunity for me to further my skills and experience in an exciting and fast-moving area of Tech Data Mobile’s business with tremendous potential for growth,” Torosyan said.

WiFi SPARK

Public hotspot provider WiFi SPARK has appointed Barry Read as VP of International Sales.

Read will be responsible for identifying new opportunities, partners, and markets, as the company looks to expand its global footprint via the channel.

"WiFi SPARK is expanding rapidly worldwide and I am thrilled that Barry is joining at this time to head up our international sales channel,” said Dean Moody, chief commercial officer. “His knowledge of vendors and partners is far reaching and he will continue to assist both in continued business growth by introducing them to the WiFi SPARK portfolio of software products and services."

Exertis

Exertis has reshuffled its Networking team, with Sarah Potter moving roles from B2B business development manager in Computing, to the role of networking general manager. She will be responsible for commercial relationships with vendors, as well as working closely with the VAD Solutions team.

“I’m really excited about 2016 and our enhanced enterprise networks proposition and not least the opportunity that exists with Dell’s networking solutions,” Potter said. “These have really taken off since November, as we’ve been able to offer the end-to-end Dell solution from hardware, software and services.” 

Warren Haines, who recently joined the Networks division as Enterprise Networks business manager, will also now also be responsible for building strong relationships with customers and Exertis’ solutions business development managers.

Amanda Henley has been appointed Networks product specialist, while Rod Slater will now head up the ‘Smart Home’ business, developing relationships with vendors in the IoT space. 

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