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Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

It has been a busy last few days in the channel with people opting to start the year with a fresh challenge

For some it did not take long to act on the resolution for a new year and a new job. A busy week in the channel with movement across a fair few handful of firms.

The distributor has created a new head of Samsung role to make sure it can provide even more support for the vendor. Joe Casari takes up the position, joining from a position at education specialists Promethean where he was head of international alliances. “We have many innovative new plans in the pipeline to help our customers capture even greater levels of business – from a dedicated website to enhanced levels of reseller support," said Casari.

The firm has appointed Bertrand Yansouni as vp of worldwide channel. He joins from Google Cloud and a position of vp of global partner sales and strategic partnerships. The firm is highlighting the appointment as another marker of its channel commitment. “From day one, Rubrik has pursued a 100% channel driven go-to-market strategy. We're excited to broaden our capabilities with Bertrand taking leadership of Channel and Randy Schirman focusing exclusively on our rapidly growing Managed Service Provider business,” said Bipul Sinha, Co-founder and CEO, Rubrik. “Bertrand's 25 years of experience building high-performing channel organizations is a big win for Rubrik, our partners and customers.”

The managed cloud player has made its fourth appointment in the last year with Ben Savage as sales and marketing director. His CV includes time working with the channel at Pure Storage and at Colt Technology Services. "“Joining Timico at such a pivotal time of change and development is very exciting. It’s a great opportunity to really harness my skills in supporting our core customers and in growing new business, and in implementing fresh, collaborative marketing strategies that will really help put Timico on the map as a market leading managed cloud service provider," said Savage.

The sound and data specialist has appointed Stephen Dunford to a board position as Executive Chairman with the firm's former CEO Moran Lerner stepping down. Dunford will be able to use his two decades of experience to help the board take the business to its next stage. “As the company moves forward, continued innovation and closer partnerships with valued customers and strategic partners remain a top priority for the business," he said.

Warren Lewis has joined the distributor as head of AV for Europe, reporting into Niall Ennis, group managing director. Lewis joins from LG Electronics and in his new role will be given the chance to make an impact over a significant geography. “As the geographical reach of Exertis continues to grow, it’s important that we leverage our combined strength, deliver solutions across territories and promote a strong message across the retail, home, education and public sector. Warren has the experience and knowledge to build and scale our Pro AV presence in Europe providing benefits for our vendors and the right support for our customers.” said Ennis.

The Association for Computing Machinery has given Adam Eisgrau the chance in his role as director of global policy and public affairs to get the lobby group engaged with public technology issues in Europe and the US. The group aims to educate and inform computing professionals and the public about IT policies. “Speaking tech to power clearly, apolitically and effectively has never been more important,” said Eisgrau. “The chance to do so for ACM in Washington, Brussels and beyond is a dream opportunity.”

The form has chosen now as the moment to appoint its first chief marketing office with a former Vertitas and Cisco staffer, Lynn Lucas, fitting the bill. She will be keeping an eye on international expansion plans as the storage player looks to exploit the growth in demand for hyperconverged technology. "In my conversations with customers around the globe, a universal message is that the unprecedented growth in data combined with the move to a multi-cloud approach is driving the need for a radical reimagining of today’s data center and storage architectures,” said Lucas.

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