Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Once again, MicroScope brings you its weekly roundup of who has gone where in the channel


Rob Tomlin has been appointed as managing director UK and Ireland of Azlan.

Tomlin joined Tech Data following the acquisition of SDG in September 2012. He was previously a business unit director for Tech Data’s value enterprise division.

“Significant advances are being made in software-defined networking and storage, in information security and data protection, and in the delivery of cloud-based services,” said Tomlin. “Azlan will provide resellers the solutions, services and skills to deliver much more dynamic, responsive and scalable infrastructures that these technologies enable, thus allowing them to provide more efficient, responsive and effective ways of working for enterprise customers.”

Cobweb Solutions

Cloud hosting provider Cobweb Solutions announced the appointment of Michael Frisby as its new Managing Director. Frisby will be responsible for leading Cobweb’s transition to a value-add cloud aggregator, reporting to executive chairman Paul Hannam. He joins from Microsoft where he was most recently responsible for driving the transformation of the SMB Managed Reseller business across Western Europe to a cloud-first model.

“Michael’s experience will accelerate and cement Cobweb’s global leadership position as a cloud aggregator as we move into new territories. It is a measure of the confidence he has in Cobweb’s proposition that he has chosen to make this move,” said Hannam.


TmaxSoft has appointed Sanjeev Sanotra as ISV/channel sales manager for the UK.

Sanotra has held roles at the likes of Snow Software and Oracle, and the company says he is well placed to drive TmaxSoft’s channel business.  

“Since I have worked in the Oracle arena across various roles over the last 8 years, be it with a VAD, partner or vendor, I have become well versed in the complete ecosystem and methods deployed by Oracle in dealing with its clients,” Sanotra said. “What has become clear is that the practices Oracle use, and the effects these practices have on their customers and partners, leaves the user community feeling pressurised and cornered with no place to go. I realised that Tibero offers a real alternative to the Oracle Database and fills a real need in the market for a database platform that has similar functionality, feel and an enormous cost advantage based on its licence policy […] I look forward to driving and growing the business in this key market.”


Outsourcery announced that Emma de Sousa will now not be joining the company as managing director.

She had been expected to join Piers Linney’s operation on 1 April 2016, however, with a baby on the way, de Sousa seems to have had a change of heart.

“Emma’s decision is for family reasons, unrelated to Outsourcery, which would prevent her from commencing her role until 2017 at the earliest,” Outsourcery said in a statement.  “As such, and in order to keep pace with the Company's plans, Outsourcery has re-initiated its search for a leadership role to drive sales and marketing activity, and will look to make an appointment as early as practicable.”

Ken Olisa, chairman of Outsourcery commented: "While we are naturally disappointed by Emma's decision, we fully understand it. We will not be enforcing the terms of her contract. On behalf of the Board, I wish her a safe pregnancy and success in the pursuit of whatever career decision she now chooses to make.”


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