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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Time never stops and neither do the appointments across the channel as we catch up with what's been happening so far in October

At the halfway stage of October there is a chance to catch up and find out who has chosen the fourth quarter to start making a difference in a fresh position.



The information management company appointed Chris Thomas as manager of technical support last week. He joins from Mitratech where he was a project manager. Thomas has previously worked for another partner selling the IManage system so is familiar with Ascertus products. The company are hoping that the addition of Thomas to the team will bolster its support organisation. CEO Roy Russell stated: “We are very mindful that without top quality support, even the best and most proven solutions can fail,” his move means that Ascertus further enhance the delivery and quality of services."



Earlier this month Avanade appointed Darren Hardman as its President of Europe. Hardman will continue to control the UK office as general manager, but he will now in addition lead strategy and operations in 13 countries across Europe. He has been a senior member of Avanade for seven years and stated: “I am delighted to expand my role to lead Avanade’s European operations. For us, Europe represents one of the fastest growing and largest markets globally”. The business solution company has set aggressive targets for 2018 and hopes that Hardman can do the business across the European region.



The storage player has announced that Andy Hill will return to the firm as vp of EMEA sales. He last worked with the company for seven years in a spell that ended in 2013. After he left the firm launched the Unity product and is looking to its old staffer to drive sales and partnerships across EMEA. Hill has moved from Pivot3 to head strategy for the EMEA region, with hopes of driving sales and accelerating the company's momentum. He stated: “I am excited to return to Nexsan. The company has long distinguished itself in the market with innovative solutions to challenging IT problems.” He hopes that the business can “rapidly expand into partnerships, geographies, and markets with it."



The business communications company has appointed Jeremy Butt as SVP back at the start of the month. Mitel has turned to the well known channel name to help it continue growth across Europe. He joins from Westcon group, where he worked as executive vice president and he was responsible for the increase in the distributor's EMEA business. Butt brings multinational expertise to the leadership team at Mitel, which was one of the things the vendor was looking for. Todd Abbott, Mitel EVP of Global Sales and Services, stated:“The competitive landscape is being reshaped faster than ever. To survive and thrive, businesses must think differently, respond quickly and invest in technology that will serve them now and into the future,” and the knowledge that Jeremy brings to the team is vital in helping Mitel stay as global leader.

Epicor Software

The provider of enterprise software has announced that the CEO Joe Cowan is retiring at the end of October and he will be succeeded by Stephen Murphy, former president of OpenText. Herald Chen, Chairman of the Epicor board of directors welcomed the transition: “As we look toward the next phase of growth for the company, we are pleased to have Stephen join the Epicor team.” With more than 20 years of experience in the business, the knowledge that Murphy brings to Epicor means that it should increase sales and extend their influence.

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