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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

A busy week in the channel, with executive moves at Nimble Storage, Acronis and Barracuda Networks


Acronis announced the appointment of Sussie Thorenfeldt as distribution sales manager, for the Northern Europe region, effective immediately.

Thorenfeldt joins Acronis from Acer, where she spent the last three years as EMEA distribution and partner account manager. She also served as global alliance manager for emerging markets at HP.

“Sussie’s appointment is a key element of our plans to cement our position as the global experts and thought leaders on cloud-based security and support through an increased focus on working closely with partners,” said Dirk Raeymaekers, senior partner director for Northern Europe. “With her proven track record and in-depth experience of managing partner and channel programmes, Sussie is a welcome addition to the Acronis team and we look forward to working with her in expanding our cloud distribution across Northern Europe.”

Barracuda Networks

Barracuda Networks announced the appointment of Paul Lyden as vice president sales for Northern Europe. Based in the UK, Lyden will be responsible for leading Barracuda's sales strategy across the UK, Ireland, Benelux and Nordics regions.

Most recently, Lyden held the role of European channel sales leader for IBM’s storage solutions business.

“We are very pleased to have Paul on board to help drive our sales program across Northern Europe,” said Chris Ross, senior vice president of International Sales, Barracuda. “Paul brings with him a strong background and track record of developing sales channels, driving organisational change and bringing new solutions to market. As a 100% channel-focused business, Paul’s wealth of channel experience makes him a valuable addition to the Barracuda team.”

Lyden commented: “My goal is to scale our operations and drive continued momentum by strengthening relationships with current partners and recruiting new ones. We are committed to this region, having recently doubled the size of our UK&I sales team and signed CMS as a new distributor, and will continue to bring innovative security and data protection solutions to market that are easy to use and affordable.”

Nimble Storage

Nimble Storage announced that Mark Stevens has joined the company and will serve as vice president of EMEA.

Stevens previously worked at NetApp, where he headed up the UK channel and enterprise strategy.

At Nimble, he will oversee all sales and channel efforts across the region.

“The storage market in EMEA is growing, and flash storage adoption is gaining rapidly. Mark’s incredible success and experience leading sales and channel efforts for storage companies in the UK and EMEA will be instrumental to furthering our presence and championing our unique predictive flash offering,” said Suresh Vasudevan, CEO, Nimble Storage. “Mark joins us after an illustrious career at NetApp and Isilon, and we are proud to welcome him to our team.”

Stevens said: “I’m confident that Nimble is the future of storage, and I’m excited to help grow the company’s presence in EMEA and work with this already successful team.”


Syscap announced the appointment of Paul Hansen as head of channel sales. Hansen, who joins from Aldermore Bank, will be based from the company’s office in New Malden, Surrey.

Syscap became a wholly owned subsidiary of Wesleyan Bank in April. The combined entity provides tailored commercial and personal banking solutions to over 22,500 professions customers under two brands.

Paul Hansen commented, “Syscap and Wesleyan Bank have enviable reputations for providing specialist financial products and outstanding service to their clients so this is a really exciting opportunity. My immediate strategy is to develop the relationships we have with our partners and intermediaries while building new ones in both existing and complementary sectors to maximise our revenues.”

“With support from the wider Wesleyan Group, Syscap can continue to grow and enter new markets whilst being in control of its capital, pricing and risk model which provides an excellent platform for us to thrive.”

Six Degrees Group

Six Degrees Group (6DG), a converged technology infrastructure provider, has announced the appointment of Paul Mills as group sales director.

Mill joins 6DG from Rackspace UK and brings 10 years’ sales management experience in the IT managed services space. Prior to Rackspace, Paul held sales leadership positions at JT Group and Maxima Managed Services.

Commenting on the appointments Alastair Mills, CEO said: “Paul’s experience in leading sales in managed hosting and managed services for the mid-market are exactly the areas we are targeting for our future growth around cloud platforms and application management services.”


ScanSource announced the appointment of James Vickerage to -resident of ScanSource Communications in Europe, where he will lead all of the business unit’s operations throughout the region.

Mr. Vickerage joined ScanSource through the 2014 acquisition of specialist distie Imago.

“Since the acquisition, James has held strategic leadership roles within ScanSource Communications in Europe,” said Buck Baker, president of Worldwide Communications and Services for ScanSource. “His extensive experience in the industry, as well as his wealth of knowledge of our suppliers and partners, will serve the Company well as James takes on this new leadership role.”

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