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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Forget the sun and tanning lotions if you work in human resources in the channel as the executive appointments keep on coming

Even though plenty of people are sunning themselves on beaches across the world there are still appointments being made in the channel. The summer holidays are no excuse to pause for those channel firms looking for growth and hoping that fresh blood will deliver those results.

Buying Clue Coat for $4.65bn was a smart move for the security specialist because it provided it not only with some more web protection technology but also a new CEO. The former Blue Coat boss Greg Clark is going to keep the same position at his new owner. Symantec has been without a CEO since Michael Brown resigned in April and has been going through some changes as it focuses on the security space. The deal to pick up Blue Coat was made public back in June, as was the plan to make Clark the overall CEO once it had all gone through.

The comms specialist has appointed Paul Gibbs as sales director to beef up its strategy of working with the channel to help gain unified comms business. His Cv includes time at Westcon, Gamma and HighNet and he already has a lot of channel experience. "Paul joins the company during a period of rapid growth as we seek to firmly consolidate our position within the market. In order to make sure we continue to advance at a steady rate, it’s important that we have a strong senior management team in place," said Lee Reuben, COO of TelcoSwitch.

The hybrid cloud player has brought Hazel Freeman on board as head of business advisory services to add some muscle to its professional services operation. She joins from  Arthur J Gallagher’s where she served as IT compliance manager tasked with implementing a new risk framework for the company’s international business. At Pulsant she will be helping build then professional services operation, leaning on her knowledge of financial services and the various compliance regulations customers need to pay attention to.

Secure Cloudlink
The cloud services brokerage has made a couple of senior appointments announcing that Mark Leonard has become non-executive chairman and Gideon Wilkins as vp sales & marketing. Both have a history that includes spells at Colt Communications, with Leonard being the firm's managing director of its cloud computing business. The company is looking to consolidate its position in the market and is hoping the new recruits help achieve that aim.


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