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This months new Industry appointments for Exertis, Ascom, Weston-Comstor, Doherty, Secarma, Riverbed, IBML & Panintelligence.

Exertis restructures to support global ambitions

Exertis has announced changes to its Group structure to better support core business functions internationally and to make the most of opportunities in overseas territories. To facilitate the former, Neal Johnston, previously Managing Director of the Exertis Supply Chain Services division, has been made Managing Director of Exertis Global Operations.

He will be responsible for international sales and fulfilment, supply chain managed services, global procurement, voice of the customer, own brand development and global vendor management for the Pro AV, gaming and enterprise categories.

Rod McCarthy, (main Pic) who leads the Exertis business in Ireland, has been given the additional role of Managing Director of the Exertis Services Business in the UK and Ireland. Part of his remit is to expand the company’s range of white-label value added services, including remote support & management, configuration & deployment and lifecycle management.

In addition, Exertis has created international roles within key functional areas of the business. Jason Chibnall, previously IT Director for the UK and Ireland, has been promoted to Chief Information Officer (CIO); Fiona Graham, UK Marketing Director, has been made Chief Marketing Officer; and Alan Lynch, previously Exertis Operations Director, has become Global Logistics Director.

New CMO for Westcon-Comstor

Paul Cunningham has joined value-added technology distributor Westcon-Comstor as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) with responsibility for company-wide marketing and communications across APAC and EMEA. Prior to joining Westcon-Comstor, Cunningham was CMO at Atos Unify, where he was responsible for business strategy across unified communications, collaboration and digital workplace.

Earlier in his career, Paul was Vice-President Technology, Westcon Group, based in Tarrytown, New York, and Marketing Director for Comstor UK. He said: “This is a great time to join Westcon-Comstor. The combined forces of digital technology evolution, enterprise business transformation and changing value-creation models in the IT sector offer a significant and compelling opportunity for Westcon-Comstor.”





New Services Director for Doherty Associates, experts in managing and securing cloud services, has appointed Ian Thorne as Services Director. 

Joining from Capita, where he was responsible for the operational delivery of IT managed services to a Greater London local authority, Thorne will be responsible for overseeing Doherty’s London and Kuala Lumpur-based service desk and 24/7 support.



Ascom appoints three channel managers

Smartphone and mobile workflow specialist Ascom has appointed three channel managers to help the company reach new market areas and build channel and distribution partnerships with vendors. They are: Mike Bennett, channel manager for the Midlands; Matt Lock, business development manager; and Lloyd Harrington, channel manager for enterprise markets, including hospitality, industry and retail. Paul Lawrence, managing director of Ascom UK, said: “Shifting to a channel model has been a big step for Ascom, as our success in the UK to date has depended on cultivating close relationships with customers.” However, he believes the channel is now more important due to the requirement for interoperability between hardware and software solutions. “The fact that technology now sits within a picture that is increasingly joined up means channel providers not only enable customers to get everything they need from one place, they also have topline visibility of interoperable solutions, as well as an overview of what will work for customers’ specific setups. Moving into the channel is a huge opportunity for Ascom UK and Mike, Matt and Lloyd have exactly the expertise required to maximise it,” he said.

Ethical hacker joins Secarma

Ex-military ethical hacker Holly Williams has joined cybersecurity firm Secarma as Technical Director. Backed by technology entrepreneurs and UKFast founders Lawrence and Gail Jones, Secarma specialises in penetration testing, cloud security, red teaming and Cyber Essentials certification.

In her board-level role, Williams will be responsible for the technical development and direction of Secarma’s 40-strong team of penetration testers and senior management. Secarma is headquartered at the UKFast Campus in Manchester, with satellite teams in Glasgow and London.

Riverbed targets channel growth

Riverbed, a Digital Experience Management and Next-Generation Infrastructure solutions provider, has appointed Remco Postma as Channel Director for Northern Europe. Postma has 24 years’ experience in the IT industry, including spells at Dimension Data, AppSense (Ivanti) and Intel Security (McAfee).

His priorities at Riverbed will be to recruit new strategic partners in Northern Europe; to grow the company’s SD-WAN footprint with a subset of existing Riverbed Rise partners; to increase partner-initiated business; and to drive closer engagement between field sales and selective partner organisations.

New COO for IBML

IBML, a provider of intelligent information capture solutions, has appointed Donald C. Monistere as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the day-to-day operations of IBML’s sales, marketing, IT services and support functions.

Monistere has more than 29 years of executive management experience at information technology companies, including C-Spire, TekLinks and Vista Information Systems, which Monistere founded and later sold to TekLinks.

New board directors to help Panintelligence scale

Data analytics software business Panintelligence has expanded its senior management team with the appointment of two board directors – Charlotte Bailey (Middle), who joins as Operations Director, after four years as Head of Delivery Services at decision analytics operation Experian Solutions, and Commercial Director Sara Parker (left), who was previously Product Director at payment systems company VocaLink.

Panintelligence CEO Zandra Moore (right) said: “I’m really thrilled to welcome Sara and Charly onto the board at an exciting time for the business as we start to really scale up. With fantastic tech pedigrees, they are both excellent additions to the Panintelligence board.”

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