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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Moves this week at NetApp, Silver Peak and Tintri


Tintri announced the appointment of Darren Gross as director of EMEA Channels. Gross is tasked with extending relationships and growing the company’s channel profile in the region.

He previously held roles at EMC, Centrify and Legato Systems.

Eric Berry, VP of Global Channels at Tintri, commented: “Darren joins Tintri at an exciting time—we have a strong partner network across EMEA and growing demand for VM-aware storage. His channel experience and relationships will be a huge asset to both Tintri and our partners across the region.”

Gross added: “I’m looking forward to working with partners to jointly grow their Tintri business. My team has the domain expertise and channel experience to create new opportunities for Tintri’s channel partners across EMEA.”


StorageCraft announced that Andy Zollo is to become vice president of sales for the EMEA region. 

Zollo, who comes to StorageCraft from Gigamon, will be responsible for the company’s sales efforts throughout the region.

“We are thrilled to have Andy join StorageCraft as our leader of EMEA. His experience, relationships and leadership is exactly what StorageCraft needs as we execute on our growth strategies for the EMEA region. He is a known and trusted partner to the EMEA channel community, and we could not be happier to have him on our team,” said Marvin Blough, StorageCraft’s vice president of worldwide sales.

Prior to Gigamon, Zollo spent nine years in management positions at Dell and SonicWALL.

“StorageCraft is recognized by many IT professionals as the producer of best-in-class backup and disaster recovery solutions and as a company that helps its partners to be as successful as possible,” Zollo said. “It is an exciting time at StorageCraft, especially with the recent launch of several new business continuity solutions. The momentum will continue in the coming months as we introduce StorageCraft's Cloud to Cloud solution and new partner programme.”

Snow Software

Snow Software announced the appointment of Joe Francis to group vice president.

With a focus on alignment of marketing campaigns and systems, sales enablement and sales processes, Francis’ aim will be to drive a consistent offering for Snow partners and customers.

Francis joins Snow from Qlik, where he was VP of global operations & strategy management.

Axel Kling, CEO at Snow Software commented: “Coming from an organisation not dissimilar to Snow in its rapid growth and market domination, I am sure that Joe will bring with him a wealth of valuable experience and knowledge as we continue to expand our global operations.”   

Silver Peak

WAN provider Silver Peak announced the appointment of Nick Applegarth as vice president of sales for the EMEA region.

Applegarth will head up the sales team, working with Silver Peak service providers and channel partners to capitalise on SD-WAN market.

“We are thrilled to have Nick on board,” said Chris Helfer, senior vice president, worldwide sales at Silver Peak. “This is an exciting time at Silver Peak as we establish the company as an SD-WAN trailblazer and capitalise on the addressable market opportunity that is estimated by IDC to eclipse $6bn by 2020. Nick’s experience of building and leading business growth, along with his understanding of the EMEA market, will be a huge asset in helping us achieve sales success and position Silver Peak as the leader in the fast-growing SD-WAN space.”  


NetApp announced that Alexander Wallner has been appointed SVP and general manager in EMEA, following the retirement of Manfred Reitner at the end of Q1.

Wallner joined NetApp in 1999 and most recently held the position of area vice president of Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa and general manager for Germany. 

“Alexander exhibits an indomitable conviction that NetApp can win,” said Henri Richard, executive vice president, worldwide field and customer operations. “This quality, coupled with his track record of success, deep understanding of the markets and technology and the overwhelming support of his peers made him the clear choice for SVP and General Manager role. We are confident in his abilities and passion to drive the entire region forward.”



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