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Recent Channel appointments and promotions

Twin promotions enhance gender balance of OGL leadership team

Rachel Seagrove (l) and Claire Jones (r)

Kidderminster-based IT, software and cyber security solutions provider OGL Computer is supporting its five-year growth plan with the promotions of Rachel Seagrove and Claire Jones to its leadership team as Head of IT Delivery and Head of Software Sales respectively. Their promotions mean that female members of staff now make up 37% of the OGL leadership team, compared to 27% of its total workforce. Seagrove, who has been with OGL for 9 years, is based in its Kidderminster office, while Jones, who has been at the company for 20 years, is located at its Stourport site. Chief Operating Officer Debbie Barton said: “The tech sector can sometimes appear to be a male-dominated industry but at OGL we have always adopted an inclusive culture to provide opportunities for career progression for all our staff and I think that supportive and open environment is why we have such a naturally diverse workforce of talented people. I recruited both Rachel and Claire and right from the start I could see they both had huge potential. They have not let me down. I am so proud of what they achieved and look forward to working even more closely with them as part of the leadership team.” 


Jane Haack, Synaxon UK

New recruits at SYNAXON UK 

SYNAXON UK is supporting its continued growth with the appointments of Peter Mulvihill as Category Manager and Jane Haack as Key Account Manager. With two decades of experience in distribution and reseller procurement, Mulvihill will be responsible for managing the channel services group’s growing vendor and distributor portfolio, which includes major names such as Lenovo, Microsoft, HP, Dell and APC. He joins from PC gaming systems specialist Overclockers, where he was Purchasing Manager. Haack, who has previously worked in sales roles at managed services specialist Datto and, most recently, web content management provider Altis, will be responsible for liaising with SYNAXON UK partners and promoting the company’s services. 


VIP UK builds on growth with promotions to the Board

Independent technology distributorVIP UK is building on a record year, in which it increased revenue by 40% to more than £200m and took on 209 new recruits, by expanding its Board of Directors with the promotions of Elliott Hodgeon to Sales Director and Elanza Butters to E-commerce & Marketing Director. Hodgeon, who has been at VIP for five years, said: “VIP is a fantastic company, with great people and it has been a pleasure to be a part of the huge success we have seen in recent years. I look forward to expanding this success in my new role, whilst continuing to provide the excellent services and programmes our clients and vendors deserve.” Butters, who has been at VIP for the last four years, said: “I look forward to playing a part in the continued development and growth of VIP UK, supporting our teams, our valued vendor partners and most importantly our customers.” 


Sarah Wren

HR first for Jigsaw24 

Jigsaw24 has appointed Sarah Wren as its first Head of HR, as the B2B technology solutions provider continues to prioritise inclusion, diversity and wellbeing. Rob Hicking, CFO at Jigsaw24, said: “We’re expanding across all areas of Jigsaw24 and as we grow as an employer we want to build on our business’s fantastic culture. Sarah’s experience and approach fits the bill perfectly and I’m delighted to haveher on board.” Prior to joining Jigsaw24, Wren was Senior HR Business Partner and Project Lead at Hillarys Blinds,where she worked closely with senior managers and directors on all aspects of HR, including recruitment, onboarding, organisational design, employee relations and engagements. 


Infinigate strengthens subscription business in support of ambitious growth plans

With a target to double revenue to €1.5 billion by 2024, pan-European Value Added Distributor (VAD) of cybersecurity solutions the Infinigate Group has appointed two executives to grow its cloud and subscription business through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions. Julien Antoine, previously EVP Strategy and Operations and VP EMEA at Exclusive Networks, is joining as Chief Business Development Officer, while Andreas Bechtold, who joined Infinigate in 2000 and has been responsible for sales management since March 2021, has been promoted to Chief Revenue Officer. Inifinigate Group CEO Klaus Schlichtherle said: “Our 25% organic growth rate and record 750 million euros in revenue shows that we have an attractive offering for our vendors and customers. Combining Andreas and Julien’s experience is a critical asset in building a unique position as the EMEA leader of VAD and subscription business, with a dedicated focus on helping our partners to grow faster.” 


Bruce Girdlestone

Glide makes fourth addition to senior leadership team

Glide Group, a market leader in ultra-fast broadband connectivity, has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Bruce Girdlestone as Sales Director for Higher Education. In this role, he will be responsible for leading the student sector sales team focusing on PBSA and Higher Education requirements for student accommodation. Girdlestone has more than 25 years’ experience in telecommunications, most recently at Wireless Infrastructure Group where he was responsible for setting up a new sales team to deliver mobile connectivity to commercial, hospitality and residential sectors. Earlier this year, Glide added three other members to its leadership team (CFO Chris Bates, CTO Sean Lowry and COO Phil Duggan), quickly followed by the acquisition of fibre network builder Concept Solutions People (CSP). 


Diego Tedesco

Tedesco takes over from Hallam at Virgin Media O2 Business

Virgin Media O2 Business has promoted  Diego Tedesco  to succeed Mike Hallam as Director of
Wholesale Fixed. Part of the Wholesale Fixed leadership team for almost 9 years, most recently as Wholesale Fixed Commercial Marketing Director, Tedesco has been instrumental in establishing Virgin Media O2 Business as one of the UK’s leading suppliers of high-capacity fibre infrastructure services. As leader of the Fixed Wholesale business, Tedesco will join Virgin Media O2’s senior leadership team, reporting to Jo Bertram, Managing Director, Business and Wholesale. 


Ron Mcleod

Ron MacLeod makes the GRAID 

GRAID Technology has appointed data storage industry veteran Ron MacLeod as Senior Sales Director for EMEA. In his new role, MacLeod will assist OEMs, system integrators and resellers across all EMEA markets to test, source and deploy GRAID Technology’s SupremeRAID data protection solution for enterprise data centre customers. MacLeod was previously EMEA VP of Business Development at Memblaze, with responsibility for OEM, system integrator and channel sales. 


Chris Abbott

New COO for Six Degrees 

Secure cloud services provider Six Degrees has appointed Chris Abbott as its new Chief Operating Officer. Previously Managing Director at Tharsus, Abbott has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership roles at technology-enabled B2B businesses, including Global COO for Vision-Box, Vice-President and COO (EMEA) for HPE Enterprise Services and Managing Director of HP Defence UK. Commenting on his new position, Abbott said: “As our clients continue to pivot their digital transformations in this new, post-pandemic landscape, there really has been no better time for Six Degrees’ unique propositions of security, data and Microsoft Public Cloud solutions. I’m excited to partner with Six Degrees’ client companies in accelerating their technological transformations and truly taking them ‘Beyond Cloud’.” 


Schneider Electric promotionfor Karlton Gray

Schneider Electric has appointed Karlton Gray as its new IT Channel Director for
the UK & Ireland, with responsibility for driving sales of critical power protection, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), racks, enclosures, power distribution units (PDU) and cooling solutions for data centres, server rooms and edge computing environments. A seven-year veteran of the Schneider Electric Secure Power Division, Gray was previously Senior Enterprise Account Manager with responsibility for managing the company’s largest enterprise customers and leading a team of channel professionals to grow its infrastructure solutions business via e-commerce, reseller and corporate partner accounts. Gray said: “Throughout the pandemic, the IT, data centre and communications industries have been pivotal in helping businesses adapt to remote working. What’s crucial now is that we help our partners meet growing end-user demands, safely return to personal engagements and plan for the future. Whether through IT modernisation programmes, the deployment of edge computing solutions or creating new digital service propositions that address end-user skills shortages, technology has provided us with a vehicle to address key business challenges in a sustainable, energy efficient and environmentally beneficial way.” 


Adrian Barnard

Adrian Barnard appointed Executive Chair

In an ambitious statement of intent, following its MBO earlier this year, Buckinghamshire-based MSP Epoq IT Ltd has appointed Adrian Barnard as its Executive Chair. Having built, exited and run a number of ICT companies in the £1million to £50 million range, Barnard brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the company as it embarks on an ambitious growth plan. He said: “Epoq IT has great people, a great history and new fire in its belly. We are in the perfect space to win customers, organically and through local acquisition. We have the service ethics that keep clients happy and I’m going to drive this business to be the best in Buckinghamshire and then the southeast.” 


Glen Ollivant

Ollivant joins Vapour as Senior Account Director

Cloud technology firm Vapour has added a senior account director to its team as it targets 20% revenue growth by the end of 2022. Glenn Ollivant, who was first hired by CEO Tim Mercer in October 2006 when the Vapour boss was regional sales manager at Virgin Media Business (formerly TeleWest), has held a number of enterprise sales roles at Virgin, Kcom and, most recently, TalkTalk Business, where he was a technology and UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service) specialist. Commenting on his new role, Ollivant said: “I’ve watched the Vapour journey with utmost respect for what Tim and the team have done. We all knew the market wasn’t ready for a pure cloud offering when Vapour was launched in 2013, but that ambition, drive and foresight is now paying off, as adoption of cloud tech has rocketed over the past 18 months. Working both with partners and directly with end customers on more conventional solutions, such as Unified Communications and backups, as well as cutting-edge virtual desktop infrastructures, secure networks for hybrid working and even robotic process automation is absolutely the right next step for me.” 


Raj Lama

TP-Link targets public sector with Lama recruitment

TP-Link, a leading provider of wireless and networking products, is appointing Raj Lama as Business Development Manager to help increase its footprint in the public sector. Joining TP-Link from IT Solutions provider XMA, Lama brings more than 20 years’ experience of the Public Sector. In his previous roles at XMA, Academia and European Electronique, Lama worked on high- profile public sector projects in education and local government, gaining valuable experience in infrastructure, AV, managed print, client devices, CCTV, software deployment, managed services and professional services. Will  Liu, Managing Director of TP-Link UK, said: “Raj has a proven track record of delivering solutions for Public Sector organisations. He understands the unique pressures they face and we believe his insights and experience will be instrumental in growing our footprint in the sector.” Lama’s appointment follows that of Kalam Meah as TP-Link ISP Director for the UK. com/uk/ 


Ray De Silva

Brainnwave builds commercial team in London

Following a 300% rise in annual revenue, Brainnwave, which uses AI, machine learning and big data to help businesses improve their decision-making, is expanding into London in preparation for international expansion. As part of its multi-million-pound growth programme, it has recruited scale-up specialist Ray de Silva who, as Chief Commerical Officer, will develop the company’s commercial team based in London. 


Ex-FBI man joins Kaseya as CISO 

Kaseya, a provider of IT and security management solutions for MSPs, has hired Jason Manar as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), after working closely with him during the July attack on its VSA customers. Manar brings 16 years’ experience working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), most recently as Assistant Special Agent in charge of overseeing cyber, counterintelligence, intelligence and language service programs for the San Diego office. In his new role, he will oversee information security and compliance for Kaseya, leading the company’s cybersecurity division to identify (and intercept) the industry’s latest threats and vulnerabilities, while ensuring that Kaseya complies with regional security regulations. 

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