Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

As the double bank holiday approaches, MicroScope takes a quick look at executive movement in the channel this week


Lenovo announced the appointment of John Harber as general manager of its UK and Ireland Business. 

Harber joins Lenovo from wonderful world of wearables, where he ran Jawbone’s global sales and operations organisation.

Prior to Jawbone, he held senior positions at Sony Ericsson and Sony UK.

Harber will report into David McQuarrie, vice president and general manager of Lenovo North Europe. His focus will be on driving growth in the enterprise and public sectors.

“Lenovo is a dynamic company which is continually evolving to meet the changing needs of today’s consumers,” said David McQuarrie, VP & GM, Lenovo North Europe. “John’s experience, especially within emerging technologies will help guide the company to drive further growth and boost market share across the entire business.”

Harber added: “Over the last ten years Lenovo has grown into a phenomenal brand and technology innovator. I’m looking forward to joining the ambitious and hardworking team to help the company achieve new heights in the both the UK and Ireland.”


Exertis has said that it is planning ‘a significant increase in channel facing resources’ in its audio-visual (AV) business.

Ian Ainsworth will step into the newly created role of commercial manager, reporting to general manager Ian Aitken, while Adam Carson and Jordan Deemer will become business development managers. 

Commenting, Ian Aitken, Exertis AV general manager said: “These new roles are a direct consequence of our sustained AV market growth over the last four years. We expect our total solution strategy to continue to drive our success with traditional AV integrators and IT reseller partners.”


Civica has announced the appointment of Ed Welsh, formerly executive director of transformation at the Cabinet Office, as its UK government advisor.

In his previous role, he led a number of initiatives all focused on driving government efficiency.

Prior to the Cabinet Office role, Welsh worked as a managing director at financial advisory group Rothschild.

“I am delighted to welcome Ed as strategic government advisor to the Group,” said Wayne Story, UK chief executive of Civica. “His extensive knowledge and experience will help advance our clear vision and strategy as we continue to expand our position in the government sector.”

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