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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

The Conservative leader is leaving, the Labour leader is staying. The entire political system is in disarray. But the channel marches on


Avnet announced the appointment of Danny Yeowell as director of its UK Technology Solutions, Security, and Networking business units.

Yeowell joins Avnet from Dimension Data, where he was UK solutions director. Prior to that, he headed up pre-sales at Logicalis.

He will be responsible for accelerating growth and profitability across Avnet’s security and networking business.

“Danny has considerable experience in an area of the market that presents significant opportunity and where we have high ambitions to accelerate growth for our partners and suppliers,” said Christian Curtis, sales director, Avnet Technology Solutions, UK. “Security and networking is pervasive to all areas of technology and none more so than next-generation, where huge growth is predicted. Over the last few years we’ve invested heavily in building out a security centre of excellence, which has enabled us to deliver significant value to our partners and reaped rewards for all concerned. We will continue to invest in this important area.”


Citrix announced the appointment of Justin Sutton-Parker as partner director of Northern Europe.

Sutton-Parker will be responsible for the partner eco-system across Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the UK.

He most recently spent ten years with Hewlett Packard, holding roles across the business including: managing chief technologist, country leader for cloud service providers, global alliances director and Microsoft Alliance director. He’s also done time at CommVault, BT Engage and Avnet.

“I’m drawn to Citrix’s vision and proven ability to connect people to apps and data wherever they may be,” said Sutton-Parker. “Citrix offers such a unique value proposition and capability that allows the partner community to really capitalise on the promise of making critical systems securely available to users across any device or platform.”


Avaya announced that Fadi Moubarak will head up channel operations for Avaya International, covering Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

The firm said that Moubarak will ‘spearhead a new channel strategy focused on driving digital transformation in the enterprise and midmarket sectors’.

Moubarak has been with Avaya since 2013, having looked after the channel engagement strategy for the AMEA region.

“Fadi’s deep understanding of the channel community priorities and the regional business environment has been a strong driver of Avaya’s success in the MENA region,” said Nidal Abou-Ltaif, president, Avaya International. “I am confident that he will continue to help drive our go-to-market strategy, and achieve equal and greater success in this new role covering a wider and more diverse region.”

Moubarak commented: “The success of a channel strategy is built on the strength of the solutions and offerings a company brings to the market, and Avaya is delivering solutions that help our customers achieve their digital transformation goals at their own pace and path, in a model of their choosing.”

“We are helping our partners play their part in digital transformation, giving them the tools needed to drive growth. I look forward to driving the Avaya brand across a wider region.”


Veeam’s co-founder Ratmir Timashev is stepping away from the spotlight, vacating the role of chief executive. Taking his place will be William Largent, the current executive vice president.

The firm also announced that it has appointed Peter McKay as its president and chief operating officer. McKay joins from VMware, where he was SVP and general manager of Americas.

Co-founders Ratmir Timashev and Andrei Baronov will remain involved with the company, focusing on market strategy and product development. 

“With the appointments of Peter and Bill, we are adding depth, experience and talent to our already world-class executive team,” commented Timashev. “Peter and Bill are seasoned leaders with complimentary skill-sets; they will be instrumental in helping Veeam to continue on its steep growth trajectory.”

“Peter will also join our Board of Directors and serve along with Andrei, Bill and myself. By attracting executive talent such as Peter, Veeam is sending a clear signal to the market that we are a leader and we’ve only scratched the surface of our potential,” he added.

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