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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Meg Whitman might have decided to look for a fresh challenge and plenty of others were starting the next chapters in their channel careers this last week

The decision by Meg Whitman to step down from the HPE CEO role perhaps dominated the week in terms of personnel moves, but there were other significant changes.

The firm has given sales director Jeremy Nash the chance to take on the new CEO role. Nash has been with the firm for four years and his appointment accompanies several other director appointments across the company. "It is a very exciting time to be at Centerprise. We have embarked on a programme of expansion and are enjoying enviable growth. I am extremely proud to have assumed the role of CEO and I am really looking forward to the challenge of leading Centerprise into its next chapter," said Nash.

OKI Europe
The firm has shuffled its UK management team with Terry Kawashima, who had been running the country moving to take on a banking terminal sales role in Tokyo. His replacement Denni Kawahara has been running OKI Data Australia for the last five years but has an career with the firm that stretches back to 1992. “As Managing Director, I will make it my mission to improve structure and strengthen OKI Europe’s direction, increasing collaboration and profitability in this tough and ever-changing market," he said.

Talari Networks
SD-WAN player has hired former SonicWall executive Patrick Sweeney as its CEO. He spent 16 years at the security player and was involved in the sale to Dell and then the 2016 spin-out back into independence. He replaces Mark Masur, who is remaining as chairman on the firm's board of directors. "As the company grows, and expands its partnerships and solution offerings, Patrick will bring an invigorated sense of purpose that will support and enhance our original vision," said Masur.

The networking specialist has hired Jeff Willis as senior director of channel sales. His task will be to work with resellers, distributors and system integrators. He spent the summer rowing across the Arctic, breaking five world records in the process. “The tenacity and grit that kind of experience requires, combined with his experience at companies like Cisco, EMC, 3COM, Getronics, and Extreme Networks, makes Jeff a great addition to the Savvius team as we continue global development of our PartnerONE channel program. We’re thrilled to have him on board," said Patrick Johnston, vice president of worldwide sales.

The unified comms specialist, which has ambitions to grow its presence in the IT space, has promoted its financial director Rob Burbidge to CFO. The firm has £20m to invest in acquisitions and Burb idge will be part of the team working out how to best spend that money. “As we move into a highly acquisitive phase for the business, we recognised the need to have a dedicated CFO with strong acquisition experience," said Matt Newing, CEO.

The ecommerce player has brought Ashley Maroney on board in the role of director of business development and partnerships. His CV includes time at ChannelAdvisor, Neteven and Anatwine and he has strong experience in the retail market. "Our sales are growing exponentially and Ashley will help us deliver the highest levels of technical expertise and support to our rapidly growing customer base," said Declan Power, COO at Optiseller.

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