Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

This week's roundup of executive movement in the channel

Axians Networks

Axians Networks announced the appointment of Russell Crampin as its new UK managing director. 

Crampin takes on the role with immediate effect and will head up Axians’ board of directors, reporting to executive chairman Rochdi Ziyat.

The new MD joins from Logicalis, where he was sales director.

"Russell brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in delivering business value to customers’ utilising innovative solutions,” said Ziyat. “His industry experience and commercial acumen is an invaluable asset as we look to re-affirm Axians as the ‘go to network partner’ of choice for the service provider and research and education sectors.

Russell commented: "I am excited to be joining Axians at a significant time of growth and investment and welcome the opportunity to help customers exploit the new opportunities we are seeing in the industry.”


Open source software provider SUSE announced two new channel appointments, with Ronald de Jong becoming president of sales and Michael Miller, president of strategy, alliances and marketing.

De Jong was previously vice president of EMEA sales for SUSE, and Miller was vice president of global alliances and marketing.

“These senior executive roles are critical to the global expansion of our business,” said Nils Brauckmann, CEO of SUSE. “As we continue to grow both our organization and our solution portfolio to meet the increasing demand from customers around the world, we also need to increase the depth and breadth of our executive leadership team.”


Azlan announced the appointment of Mark Robinson as marketing manager for its Enterprise Software and Technology & Services practices.

Robinson joins Azlan from Microsoft, where he spent 18 months as part of the OEM Partner Marketing team.

Sara Gemmell, Azlan UK marketing director, said: “We are placing more focused investment on solutions marketing and taking a progressive approach with partners, helping them to promote their capabilities and generate qualified end-user leads. Mark is a valuable addition to our team and will be working closely with vendors and resellers to provide the focus and support needed to deliver positive results.”

Data Solutions

Data Solutions announced that it has appointed Sean Fane to head up its expansion into the UK market. The Irish distie revealed that it is investing £3.8m over the next three years and expanding into the UK with a new office in Theale, Reading.

Fane brings more than 20 years’ sales and business experience in the UK, including an executive role at IQ-Sys.

“I’m very excited to join the team at Data Solutions and head up the UK business,” said Fane. “We will bring the engagement philosophy of partnership and the strong value proposition from our long-established Irish parent company to the UK reseller community.”

Michael O’Hara, group managing director, Data Solutions added: “We’ve achieved exponential growth for our vendors in the Irish market over the past few years through a strong, value-based business model and this approach in the UK market will deliver strong results.”


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