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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

As another week comes to an end, MicroScope provides you with your weekly summary of executive migratory movements in and around the channel


Epson Europe announced two senior executive appointments as part of its multi-million pound investment programme in Europe.

Ernest Quingles, currently the managing director for Epson France, Spain and Portugal will take on a new role as director responsible for business sales across Europe, Middle East and Russia.

And Darren Phelps has been appointed executive director responsible for Epson’s Business Imaging and Print division in Europe.

The appointments take place as Epson progresses to the next stage of its €50m investment programme in Europe, which aims to deliver €2bn sales in 2020.

“I am pleased to announce that Ernest Quingles will now lead the sales effort within Europe,” commented Rob Clark, senior vice president, Epson Europe. “Ernest is a strong sales leader who has been a successful member of Epson Europe’s senior management team for over two years where he has helped deliver impressive sales growth in France, Spain and Portugal.”

“Darren Phelps has extensive experience developing new channels to market and has proved highly effective in his previous role as Epson's European head of reseller sales. Darren is tasked with managing Epson’s Business Imaging and Print operations where he will work closely with Ernest to develop our go-to-market strategy and implement new channel programmes tailored to meet our customers’ needs across Europe."


Avast announced the appointment of Kevin Chapman as general manager of its SMB business unit.

Chapman will lead all aspects of the SMB business, including the go-to-market strategy, product management, marketing, sales and support.

He spent many years in senior roles at Symantec where he ran the Northern Europe channel for consumer, SMB, and mid-market before heading up the European consumer business.

“The SMB market is important to us,” commented Vince Steckler, CEO of Avast. “Following our acquisition of AVG and now with Kevin’s addition to our team, we believe we are positioned well for success. Through Kevin’s talents and leadership, we will continue to develop our SMB strategy, integrate our technologies and products, and simplify processes to provide the very best solutions for our business customers and channel partners.”

Glenn Taylor, who has been interim SMB GM, will resume his role as ‘Chief of Staff’ and will continue driving the AVG and Avast integration.


Automation specialist Puppet announced the appointment of Marianne Calder as managing director and vice president of EMEA.

In the newly created role, Calder will lead Puppet's customer operations, including sales and marketing, throughout EMEA.

She spent 21 years at Cisco, where she most recently served as managing director of collaboration sales, leading the sales and architecture teams.

“By adding Marianne to our talented executive team, we're able to aggressively devote more resources towards scaling our international presence so we can realise our vision globally," said Sanjay Mirchandani, CEO of Puppet.

Calder commented: "I joined Puppet for the huge opportunity in front of us. For companies to thrive in the next decade, they need to be able to transform their business to meet the demands of today's software-driven world," said Marianne. "Puppet is the cornerstone for making this transformation happen. I'm excited for the opportunity to lead Puppet's global expansion and bring the transformative power of Puppet to even more organisations by building a highly collaborative team and a robust partner ecosystem."

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