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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

There are only a few working days left in the year but the HR departments across the channel never sleep

You would think by now that those folk working in the HR department could concentrate on finding out what's behind the advent calendar windows and comparing the quality of their Christmas jumpers. That will have to wait because there are still some fresh faces requiring induction days and some pointers on how to evacuate the building in the case of an emergency.



The firm is celebrating exiting Chapter 11 and has chosen to end the year with not one but four promotions. Jo Devonald, become regional sales Lead for Avaya UK North, Gregg Widdowson, gets the chance to make a difference as customer engagement sales lead, UK and Ireland, Lee Williams, is BT and Vodafone regional channel lead and Natalie Keightley, gets the nod as solutions marketing director, International. "As we continue to cement our leadership in the Unified Communications and Contact Centre market, these four senior roles will be crucial in bringing exceptional value to both our customers and partners. Rewarding the drive of our members continues to be one of our highest priorities and a huge part of our culture," said Ioan MacRae, UK managing director at Avaya.


Hitachi Vantara

The data specialist has made a couple of appointments with Mark Ablett named as senior vice president of global go-to-market strategy and Daniel Chong becoming senior vice president of Asia Pacific. Both will report to the company's chief revenue officer, Hans-Peter Klaey. "Mark and Daniel have done exactly that in their time here. They have a deep understanding of our business and the needs of our customers and partners. Their work will be crucial in helping Hitachi customers unlock the full potential and value of their data," said Klaey.



David Giles has joined the company as the senior vice president of customer success. His CV in the industry spans more than 25 years’ experience in product development, product management, marketing and customer advocacy. His new job sees him looking after worldwide professional services, education, and technical support organisations. Prior to Bomgar, David led product management and marketing for BMC Software’s service management portfolio and served as a corporate customer advocate for Numara Software. “David brings many years of experience and expertise to Bomgar that will take our customer success initiatives to the next level,” said Matt Dircks, CEO of Bomgar.


It's all go at the firm from the start of the new year with the French outfit shaking up its digital activities under a single transverse Digital Business Unit. David Jones has been appointed senior vice president of the business unit with a brief to help oversee the regroup of all of the firm’s digital activities. The aim of the shake-up is to make it easier for it to help customers with the "big ambitions".

Ribbon Communications

The secure cloud player has announced that Franklin (Fritz) W. Hobbs, a director of the Company, has been appointed President and CEO. He steps in to fill the shoes left by Ray Dolan, who resigned from the president and CEO post. he has been at the firm for quite a while being on board as a director since the firm was formed through the merger of Sonus Networks and GENBAND. "Working with all of our employees around the world, we will continue focusing on creating value for our shareholders, customers and partners as we deliver market-leading real-time communications and security solutions across the globe," he said.

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