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New Marketing Director for OnBuy

Online marketplace OnBuy has announced the appointment of Cherie Cook as Marketing Director. Before joining OnBuy, Cook held positions at Thomas Cook, Bupa and most recently AO, where as leader of the marketing team she ran multi-millionpound campaigns and helped triple the size of the business. In her new role she will be responsible for running large-scale marketing campaigns to extend OnBuy’s reach to millions more customers.

Cas Paton, Founder and CEO of OnBuy, said: “As a true marketing visionary and a leader of AO’s fantastic marketing, Cherie has been there and got the t-shirt! She was the best candidate for OnBuy to fuel our next wave of growth. She’s a forward-thinker with a ‘get it done’ approach – qualities needed to move at the scale we expect.”

OnBuy offers 36 million products from thousands of verified online retailers, across a wide range of categories including electricals, beauty, home and garden, toys and baby supplies. www.onbuy.com

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Kinly strengthens operations team

Stuart Davidson

Kinly, an AV systems integrator and remote collaboration service provider, has promoted AV heavyweight Stuart Davidson to the role of Operations Director, UK & Ireland, and strengthened his team with the appointment of Mark Kempson to the newly created position of Head of Consultancy and Design.

With 26 years’ experience in the AV industry, Davidson joined Kinly in 2016 as Service Delivery Director for Global Services and soon after became Technical Services Director, a role he will continue to perform in his new position.

Mark Kempson

He said: “My previous position is folded into the new one. That means I now have responsibility for the design side of the business as well as the operations project delivery side. For me, that’s an important move because we’re seeing the industry continuously moving and changing, with technology being a key driver, so it makes sense for the operational and technical sides to come under one umbrella.”

Reporting to Davidson, new Head of Consultancy and Design Mark Kempson, who joined Kinly in 2011, will support all national and some international AV, UCC and collaboration projects generated by the UK business, working closely with Kinly’s project management team and directly with clients. www.kinly.com

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Paul Cope

Intoware expands software engineering team .

Intoware, a Nottingham-based specialist in workflow automation using mobile and wearable technologies, has expanded its software engineering team with the appointments of Paul Cope as Senior Software Engineer and Mark Hundley-Appleton as Software Engineer. Cope, who was previously a senior developer at the Gambling Commission, and Hundley-Appleton, who joins from electricals retailer AO, will help develop the company’s WorkfloPlus solution.

Mark Hundley-Appleton

Cope said: “WorkfloPlus replaces paper processes to bring greater efficiency to frontline workers, all within a single app that can be accessed via smartphones and wearables to complete asset inspection tasks with supporting GPS location and time and date data for greater transparency between the office and field.” www.intoware.com

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Redstor prepares for next wave of growth with new hires

Redstor, a cloud-first backup platform for MSPs, has announced a number of senior appointments, following a successful first six months of the year, in which it secured investment from European technology growth capital firm Bregal Milestone, opened new offices in Birmingham and Cape Town and won the award for Hosted Cloud Vendor of the Year at the 2022 Technology Reseller Awards.

New appointments include Channel Chief Matt Scully, who formerly held senior channel management posts at Mailprotector and Datto, and Chief People Officer Zoe Boreham, FCIPD, who previously led HR initiatives at FLEETCORE and De La Rue.

Earlier in the year Redstor appointed Mike Hanauer as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) to give added impetus to rapidly rising global sales, including a 300% increase in the US. Hanauer was previously CRO at SKOUT Cybersecurity (acquired by Barracuda Networks) and, prior to that, VP of US Sales at Datto.

Purpose-built for MSPs and designed for multi-tenancy, Redstor streamlines IT workloads by centralising the backup and management of data on infrastructure, cloud-native environments and a wide array of SaaS platforms. Management of all customers and their data can be handled entirely through a single app (RedApp). www.redstor.com

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ForFusion announces hat-trick of promotions

North-East technology firm Forfusion, which designs, implements and manages mission-critical networking infrastructure for large public and private sector companies, has promoted several team members into key roles as it prepares to take on the multi-million pound global technology giants in switching UK businesses from traditional MPLS networks to faster, more reliable SD-WAN technology.

These include Katie Griffin, who joined Forfusion in 2016 after a career in teaching and has now been appointed Business Services Director; and Joanne Thomas, the firm’s new Marketing Manager, who moved into marketing from a business development role when MintTec was acquired by ForFusion in 2017; and Fiona Inglis, who, after six years at ForFusion, was recently promoted to Account Support Manager. www.forfusion.com

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Weedall to revive Spicers brand

Coinciding with the return of the 200-yearold Spicers brand to the wholesale office supplies market (see page 8), strategic business supplies specialist OT Group has recruited Martin Weedall as its new Group Operations Director. Weedall joins from Evo Group, where he has worked for the last 31 years, bringing a wealth of knowledge of dealer requirements to enhance and expand OT Group’s logistical offering to its dealer partners.

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