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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Moves this week at Plantronics, NEC Enterprise Solutions and Atlantis Computing


Plantronics announced that Paul Dunne has been promoted to UK & Ireland country manager.

After more than eight years heading up the company’s UK and Ireland channel sales team, Dunne will now take on the additional responsibilities of the marketing and corporate account teams.

“At Plantronics, we transact our business globally via the channel and in the UK and Ireland we’re fortunate to have a large and loyal partner community with a deep understanding of our business,” said Dunne. “As a result I’ll still have a lot of involvement with the channel in my new role and by taking on responsibility for marketing and corporate account teams as well, we’ll have a more integrated approach that sees each function working together to drive the UK and Ireland business forward.”

NEC Enterprise Solutions

NEC Enterprise Solutions announced that it has appointed Bert Plasman as vice president & head of Enterprise Channel Sales EMEA.

Plasman will be responsible for accelerating NEC’s enterprise channel sales strategy throughout the EMEA region. He has held various leadership roles at the likes of Getronics, Cisco and LeaseWeb.

Commenting on the appointment, Paul Kievit, president and head of NEC Enterprise Solutions EMEA said: “Bert Plasman brings with him a wealth of experience in the ICT industry and will add significant value, drive and direction to our Enterprise channel sales teams and business partners. This new assignment is closely linked to our plan for further growth in EMEA. Bert will support and give direction to our EMEA Enterprise Channel Sales teams in promoting and expanding sales of our Enterprise Business through existing and new channel partners.”           


Managed service provider Apogee have taken on an additional 30 members of staff in the first two months of 2016, as it continues a period of rapid growth. The firm said that it has another 20 live vacancies to fill across sales, service and business support functions.

Jason Collins, Joint CEO at Apogee said: “These are exciting times for Apogee.  Our independent portfolio and quality of pro-active managed services is helping us win new clients in all markets and we need to increase our headcount to ensure we provide the best level of service to our clients.” 

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James Arnold-Roberts is to become the CEO of both Genius Networks and G3 Comms; the first time the two companies have operated under one leader.

Arnold-Roberts steps up from managing director of Genius Networks, after serving four years at the helm.

Despite having one CEO, the two businesses will continue to operate as independent units, serving indirect and direct sales channels respectively.

“It’s all about delivering the best services to our customers,” explained Arnold-Roberts. “Whilst G3 and Genius follow different routes to market, with their own dedicated services, both share the same driving force – the expansion of businesses into overseas markets and the need for global communications. This strategy is common to both operations and it’s my priority to ensure we can give our multi-national customers the resources and solutions they need, irrespective of whether they are end users or service providers.”

Atlantis Computing

Software defined storage provider Atlantis Computing has announced a number of appointments to its senior leadership team, with four promotions covering key global US and EMEA roles.

David Cumberworth takes on the role of worldwide vice president of sales. Cumberworth has been with Atlantis for over five years, having worked previously as vice president of international sales. Rajiv Pimplaskar becomes vice president of global accounts. Timm Hoyt is now vice president of sales in North America, having already served as vice president of worldwide partner sales and alliances. And Chris Plant has been appointed vice president of EMEA.

“I am delighted to see that these senior appointments are all coming from within our existing team,” commented Chetan Venkatash, president and CEO of Atlantis.  “David, Rajiv, Timm and Chris are each ideally placed to drive customer and partner adoption of Atlantis USX SDS and HyperScale hyperconverged appliance solutions on a global and regional basis. I look forward to continuing to work with them for many years to come.”


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