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Channel roundup: Who's gone where

The focus might have been on exiting and leaving but there were some happy to join and begin new chapters of their channel careers this week

The week might have ended with the talk all being about exiting and leaving but for several firms the last few days were more about joining and welcoming some fresh faces on board.

The storage specialist has given a company veteran, Peter Wuest, a chance to have a real influence on the future direction of the business in the role of senior director new platforms & solutions EMEA. In the role he will head a newly formed team that will identify future market opportunities in four areas - cloud architecture, converged infrastructure, software-defined solutions and emerging technologies. “The data industry is changing at a rapid pace and NetApp is a key agent of this transformation. I am excited to continue my journey with the company and take on new responsibility”, said Wuest. “With my team, I look forward to helping our customers to better leverage technology in their journey towards the digital transformation.”

Solar Communications
The reseller has appointed corporate finance expert Jeremy Millard to its board with the hope that he can bring his knowledge to bear as the firm ramps up its growth strategy. He has a track record of advising firms with acquisitions and was involved with the CGI and Logica deal as well as the Cable & Wireless and Vodafone tie-up. “The timing couldn’t be better to welcome Jeremy to the board of Solar. His proven advisory track record and deep industry specialism will undoubtedly accelerate our progress as we execute our growth strategies. I have no doubt he will be an asset to the company as we move forward," said Ben Marnham, chairman of Solar Communications.

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The distributor continues to bolster support for its HP relationship, bringing on board Nick Stancliffe as business development manager concentrating on the vendor. He has been with the channel player for six years and comes into a team that has recently been refreshed with the arrival of Christian Cox and Sam Tinder. "There are so many possibilities with HP business at the present time. We have some excellent tools and a close working partnership with HP. With the new products the company is planning to introduce over the coming months, it’s an exciting time to be coming into the role and we have a great team that is here to help our customers – in any and every way we can – to maximise their potential with HP systems," he said.

Transtec Computers
The firm has expanded its UK HPC team bringing on board a couple of fresh faces to help drive that side of the business. Roland Richardson and Tim Cooke take positions as business development managers. Roland has been in the industry for just shy of three decades and will look after customers in the South of England, Southern Wales and Ireland. Cooke gets the chance to cover Northern England and the other hald of Wales along with Scotland. "The addition of Roland and Tim, shows our continued commitment to expand our team with talented individuals. This allows us to keep meeting the needs of our expanding customer base and continue to grow our business, while retaining the high level of quality and service that academics and businesses have come to expect from Transtec," saud Mark Allsopp, technical director at Transtec Computers.

Last week the firm revealed who would be running one side of the business after the split and now it is the turn of the Xerox Corporation to reveal that the current president of Xerox Technology Jeff Jacobson will become its CEO. He has been around the business for a few years and has some channeol experience being responsible for worldwide strategy and partners back in 2014. "As an independent company and with the benefit of the strategic transformation we are aggressively implementing, we will capture the many opportunities available to us to strengthen core businesses and pursue select growth opportunities,” Jacobson said.   

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