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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Some might be starting to dream of the beach but for channel HR offices it has remained as busy a few days as usual

The last few working days saw the usual flurry of appointments in the channel with firms bringing on board some fresh talent. The summer holidays might not be too far away but for the HR departments in the channel there is rarely a chance to rest and the last week was no different.

The cloud endpoint protection specialist has appointed Matthew Polly as vice president of worldwide business development and channels. Polly was vice president, worldwide alliances and business development at AppDynamics. In his latest role Polly will be working with partners and the firm's channel programme to make sure it is best serving its ecosystem. “[Polly's] extensive and proven track record for generating global partnerships in support of aggressive sales goals will be a critical asset for our Elevate Partner Programme and worldwide business development efforts,” said Mike Carpenter, president, global sales and field operations at CrowdStrike.

The Welsh firm that created iMindMap and DropTask has brought Niall Daly on as Chief Financial Officer. He joins a firm that has joined the London Stock Exchange ELITE programme, which helps firms get access to long-term financing opportunities. The firm has ambitions to float next year so Daly will have a fairly busy time. "This is such crucial time for the business as we look to accelerate our growth and prepare for a flotation in 2018. The next 12 months is going to be an exciting ride for OpenGenius and we are thrilled that Niall is going to be part of it. He also brings more than the traditional CFO skillset with him and will be involved in developing product concepts, branding and messaging," said Chris Griffiths, CEO of OpenGenius.

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Ashish Surti has come on board as chief information security officer with a brief to look after the firm's cyber security strategy and will head up the security incident response team. He joins from TSB bank, where he was the bank's first CISO. “With the ever present risk of cyber-attack and increasing pressure from global threats, secure network connectivity matters now more than ever to organisations across all markets and industries,” said Surti. “We deliver that secure connectivity in a simple, agile fashion that puts the customer in control and frees up their resources, allowing them to focus on the threat landscape relevant to their business.”

The comms specialist has made a couple of moves in its marketing team with Ross White taking on the role of Head of UK Marketing, supported by Nick Main, who has been promoted to the role of Head of Channel Marketing for EMEA. White has been with the firm since 2004 and was carrying out the role that Main, who has also been with Avaya for a year, now steps into. “Right now, there exists an incredible opportunity for Avaya to showcase the solutions we have developed to help end users deliver exceptional customer experiences and transform their businesses. Avaya has never shied away from innovation, and I’m looking forward to using new account based marketing technology, data tools and digital tactics, to forge even closer relationships with our sales community, and extend our offer to new partners," said White.

It's been a bust few days for the distributor. Former Context IT analyst Jonathan Wagstaff has joined in the newly created position of business intelligence manager. “Having worked at Context, I appreciate the importance of interpreting data and identifying trends, and the value that business analytics can bring to companies when making critical decisions. Data is often called the new oil; as distribution rapidly evolves and margins feel pressure its importance has shifted," said Wagstaff. His appointment was not the only one the distributor strengthening its Epson LFP business with Matthew Jeffrey joining as LFP business manager and Rebecca Lawrence as Epson LFP account manager.

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