Mick Thompson joins Atlas Cloud as Non-executive Director
Newcastle-based Atlas Cloud, a provider of managed cloud services and cloud hosting solutions, has expanded its board and senior management team with the appointments of Mick Thompson as Non-Executive Director and Paul Butterworth as Head of Sales. Thompson, who is renowned in the North East for his 22 years as Senior Partner at KPMG, has various other non-executive roles in the region, including at Newcastle Building Society, Clinkards Group, Greggs Foundation Charity and NUFC Foundation. Butterworth has more than 25 years’ experience in senior sales and development roles at Microsoft, including two years as Director of Microsoft Azure Business Development – experience that will help establish Atlas Cloud as a leading provider of Microsoft Azure-based Windows Virtual Desktop solutions.
New UK head for Vectra
Network threat detection and response (NDR) leader Vectra has strengthened its European team with the appointments of Garry Veale as regional director for the UK and Ireland and Jerome Jullien as Vice President of International Partner Sales. Based in France, Julien will be responsible for managing Vectra’s international indirect sales business, strengthening its Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) offering and forging strong relationships with VARs, distributors, system integrators and service providers. Veale will lead Vectra’s business in the UK and Ireland, scaling sales teams and building relationships to drive further growth.
Plan.com takes on Richard Cotton
Mobile and office-based communications company plan.com has appointed Richard Cotton as Sales Director, following completion of a refinancing deal to fund future growth and the recent launch of the my.plan connectivity platform. Richard has more than 20 years’ experience in senior sales and marketing roles at brands such as WeBuyAnyCar, HomeServe and E.ON. Established in 2013 and headquartered in the Isle of Man, plan.com has been listed in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 list of the UK’s fastest growing technology companies for the last three years.
Ex-Skyscanner marketing head joins Panintelligence
Carol Howley, former global head of B2B marketing at digital travel marketplace Skyscanner, has joined Panintelligence as vice president of marketing at a time of rapid growth for the data analytics and business intelligence software developer. The company secured £4.5m Series A fundraising after launching a US office in summer 2019 and its dashboard, reporting and predictive analytics software ‘pi’ is already used by more than 200 software as a service (SaaS) providers worldwide. Panintelligence co-founder and CEO Zandra Moore said: “Carol is set to play a key role in helping us as we continue our journey to scale up and take a leading role as a disrupter in the business intelligence space. We’re really pleased to welcome her on board as part of our growing team, which started out as just six of us and has recently grown to over 40 dedicated and enthusiastic data-obsessed colleagues.”
Showpad appoints first independent board member
Sales enablement company Showpad has appointed its first independent board member to help develop and grow the company. Matthew Schiltz has a record of success in building up high growth SaaS companies, serving as CEO of three companies that achieved +$1bn valuation, including Docusign and Conga.
New Channel Director for NetApp
Denise Bryant has joined NetApp as its new Channel Director for the UK & Ireland. Bryant will be responsible for growing the UK&I channel business, focusing on organisations that influence and transact cloud, AI, Enterprise Applications and DevOps sales. Bryant has held a number of senior roles in the IT industry over the last 30 years, including Distribution Director for Mitel International and Sales Director at Arrow UK.
CMS Distribution strengthens leadership team
CMS Distribution has strengthened its leadership team in the UK and Ireland, appointing Fergal Gara as Chief Commercial Officer and Hannah Delaney as Marketing Director. Gara who joins CMS from Amazon EU, where he held various Senior Commercial and Operational roles, will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies for growth in consumer channels. Delaney has over 20 years of commercial marketing experience at leading technology companies including Exertis, where she was CMO, and Samsung Electronics, where she was Channel Marketing Director.
CTS hires new COO after promoting Ray to MD
Cloud Technology Solutions (CTS) has hired Chris Bunch as chief operating officer (COO) after promoting his predecessor Tom Ray to Managing Director. Chris joins from Cloudreach, where he ran the UK and European division. Working alongside Ray and CEO James Doggart, he will be responsible for growing the company’s Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace offering in the retail, financial services, public sector and manufacturing sectors. CTS employs more than 200 people in offices in Manchester, London, Edinburgh and Utrecht.
McManus to head channel marketing at Gamma
Lauren McManus has joined Gamma as Head of Marketing for Channel after five years at Daisy Wholesale, now Digital Wholesale Solutions. In this newly created role, she will be responsible for building integrated marketing strategies and driving channel partner engagement and commercial growth.
BCS award for Information Commissioner
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT has awarded its new Society Medal 2020 to Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham CBE in recognition of her contribution to making digital technology a force for good in society. Judges cited her role in helping organisations to understand data protection legislation, as well as ICO investigations into the use of personal data in political campaigning by organisations like Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and Leave EU and its joint investigation with the Australian Information Commissioner into Clearview’s online scraping of biometric identification for a facial recognition app – the first joint investigation with a non-EU state. Ms Denham was appointed UK Information Commissioner in July 2016, having previously been Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada and Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada.