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Six Degrees strengthens leadership team

Gareth Lailey
Philip Wood

Following the appointment of Chris Abbott as COO in October, Six Degrees has appointed Gareth Lailey as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) and Philip Wood as Chief Product & Technical Officer (CPTO). Lailey joins Six Degrees from Rackspace, where he was most recently Sales Director, while Wood joins from easyJet, where he served as Director of Services and Transformation Lead. Commenting on the appointments, Six Degrees CEO Simon Crawley-Trice said: “We’ve been open about the fact that Six Degrees is transforming to scale, and I’m looking forward to seeing the value that Gareth and Philip bring to our clients to support that.” 

New CEO at Podia

Andrew Pearce

Podia, a provider of technology and furniture solutions for high-performance workspaces, has brought in Andrew Pearce as CEO to lead the company through its next stage of growth. Pearce has more than 20 years’ experience in the communications industry, most recently as MD of NTT Ltd’s Cloud Communications Division (previously Arkadin), where he spent 12 years growing the business across EMEA. Pearce said: “Podia has huge potential and I’m thrilled to be a part of such an innovative venture. Podia enables businesses of all types and sizes to professionalise their hybrid and remote working environments and it’s a really exciting new market opportunity.”

Éadaoin Carrick

Éadaoin Carrick takes the reins at Cantec
Following its acquisition of InShip, Cantec Group has appointed Éadaoin Carrick
as Executive Chair to lead the company on the next stage of its growth. Her appointment as the first female Director to run the company increases female representation on Cantec Group’s board to 33%. At the same time, Dara Madden, a founding Director of Cantec Group, has been appointed Chief Revenue Officer, with Paula O’Gorman taking on the role of Chief Marketing Officer. 

Flynn joins ITAM as Commercial Director

Mark Flynn

Mark Flynn, erstwhile MD of Snow Software, has joined the ITAM Forum as Commercial Director. In his new role, he will make sure the Forum has the funds it needs to promote the ITAM industry and specific projects like creation of the world’s first ISO 19770 certification scheme. Since the Forum was set up 18 months ago, 16 companies have pledged their financial support. Flynn said: “Although the Forum is a not-for-profit trade body, it still takes money to do all the exciting things we have planned, and it will be my role to ensure we have sufficient funds for all these great things to happen.” 

New CEO at Ancoris 

Andre Azevedo has succeeded founder David McLeman as CEO of Ancoris, the pure-play Google Cloud Service Provider which recently secured a significant growth investment from Beech Tree Private Equity (BTPE). McLeman, who will remain on the board as Vice-Chair, said: “I am delighted to hand over the reins to Andre, who as COO has led our sales, marketing and delivery teams since joining us at the beginning of this year. We have a strong management team in place, and I look forward to continuing to support them and Andre as we take on the accelerated growth journey ahead of us with BTPE’s investment.” Azevedo has nearly a decade of experience in the public cloud, including spells at Cloudreach, SAP, Oracle and Dell. 

SolarWinds fills new partner sales roles

Jeff McCullough

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has made Jeff McCullough Vice President, Worldwide Partner Sales. In this newly created role, McCullough will be responsible for leading SolarWind’s global channel business, partner development and strategic partnerships, with a particular focus on building a Partner program strategy to support global go-to-market teams, while accelerating the company’s routes to market across cloud service providers, global system integrators, distributors and resellers. McCullough has previously held VP channel roles at Park Place Technologies, NetApp, Quest Software and HP. Solarwinds has also strengthened its European leadership team with the appointment of Laurent Delattre as Vice President for EMEA Sales. Based in France, Delattre previously held positions at Pulse Secure and Trend Micro. 

New appointments at Ultima pave way for global expansion

James Hunnybourne
Gareth Meyer

Cloud specialist and automation provider Ultima has appointed Gareth Meyer as its new COO and James Hunnybourne as Cloud Solutions Director. 

Meyer was previously Commercial and Operations Director for Ultima and has been with the business since 2017. Hunnybourne comes from Softcat, where he was Head of Technology Services and Solutions. Ultima CEO Scott Dodds said: “Gareth has contributed hugely to the company over the years, and I’m delighted he will be leading our global expansion and continuing to ensure excellent business outcomes for our customers. James brings with him a wealth of experience in cloud and customer experience excellence. I know he will contribute significantly to the development of our cloud offering.” 

SaaS expert joins Tiger

Vicky Staley

Workplace data analytics organisation Tiger has appointed an experienced Software- as-a-Service (SaaS) strategy leader as its new chief financial officer (CFO). Former ICSA Software International CFO Vicky Staley has more than 20 years of business technology expertise and was most recently International Director of Finance for Boats Group, operator of an online boating marketplace. Through its Tiger Prism workplace analytics product, Tiger helps 600 customers in the financial services, legal, manufacturing, NHS and public sector to make use of over three trillion pieces of call data per year to improve workforce efficiency and decision-making. Tiger CEO Jon Pickering said: “Tiger has gone through a huge transformation in 2021 – transitioning from a business that largely sold on-premise technology to focusing on a recurring revenue, subscription-based and agile Software-as-a-Service model. Vicky has critical experience in this area and will therefore play an integral part in how we deliver long-term value to our customers.” 

Jola Chairman retires

Antony Dearden

Jola, the channel-only supplier of business communications, specialising in mobile data SIMs, has made several changes to its senior leadership team following the retirement of co-founder, Chairman and Company Secretary Antony Dearden. Filling his shoes are new Chairman Martin Harriman and Jola CFO Ronnie Smith who has taken on the additional role of Company Secretary. Harriman has extensive experience in the telecoms sector, including at Telefonica, where he was CEO of its UK digital business, O2, Ericsson in Sweden and Lightsquared in New York. Smith, too, is a well known figure in the telecommunications sector having been CFO of Spiritel and co-founder/CFO of Six Degrees Group. 

Central appoints solutions architect

Eirian Price

Greater Manchester-based technology solutions and service provider Central Networks (Central) has appointed Eirian Price as solutions architect, to facilitate the tech firm’s continued growth and increase its market share in key verticals. Forming part of Central’s senior management team, Price will help improve communication between the commercial and engineer teams, ultimately helping businesses to maximise the return on their technology investments. Previously Principal Engineer at business solutions firm Wicresoft UK, Price has an extensive background in cloud computing, Cisco and networking. His main responsibilities at Central will include designing bespoke technology solutions – whether cloud-based or on premise – for the company’s nationwide client base and managing projects from proof of concept through to final implementation. Central Operations Director John Blackburn said: “We couldn’t be more pleased to have Eirian on board at this exciting time for the business. Having experienced 10% financial growth during 2020 — and with this trajectory looking to continue as we close this financial year — we’re aiming to build on this as we bring in extra talent and resource to help us meet demand in 2022 and beyond.” 

New Commercial Director for IT recycling firm Rebuyer

Geoff Burns

North-east IT recycling firm Rebuyer has appointed experienced sales and marketing specialist Geoff Burns as Vice President of Commercial Activity. The Sunderland-based company wasat the forefront of efforts to bridge the digital divide during Covid lockdowns and has since expanded to become a major player in the green tech market, accepting hardware from companies across the UK, including desktops, laptops, servers, tablets and mobile phones, which it wipes and fully refurbishes to prevent from being sent to landfill. Before joining Rebuyer, Burns was Vice President of Sales at EMSOL, which helps organisations reduce urban transport pollution. Rebuyer works across the UK with leading companies including Northumbrian Water Group, SCS, Homebase, Northumbria University, Huawei, Greggs, Pulsant and Vertu Motors. 

Tech Data drives net zero agenda with new appointment


As it continues to push forward with its net zero carbon commitments, Tech Data, a TD SYNNEX company, has appointed Kevin Wragg as its Director of Environment and Quality Compliance. In this newly created role, Wragg, an experienced member of Tech Data’s senior leadership team, will work across all areas of the business on actions and initiatives to minimise its environmental impact, including making sure Tech Data meets 

all necessary regulatory requirements for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling (WEEE) and disposes of electrical and electronic equipment ethically and efficiently. In addition, Wragg will be working with teams across Tech Data to apply ISO standardisation of practices and processes. Tech Data already has ISO9001 in place at its logistics centre in Magna Park and is now planning to implement the standard throughout the UK business, while also applying the ISO14001 standard for Environmental Management Systems. 

Immersive Labs adds category creation specialist to Board of Directors Immersive Labs,

Jennifer Johnson

provider of an award- winning platform that enables large organisations to continuously measure and enhance the cyber knowledge, skills and judgment of all employees, has appointed four-time Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and cybersecurity category designer Jennifer Johnson to its Board of Directors. Working with Immersive Labs’ founding Chief Marketing Officer Evelyn Swaim in support of the company’s growth plans, Johnson has extensive expertise in helping firms to define categories to capture market share, scale through periods of hypergrowth and position themselves for successful public offerings. She is currently Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at Amplitude, pioneer of the emerging Digital Optimisation category, on the Board of Directors of Illumio and an advisor with Play Bigger. She was formerly CMO of cybersecurity leaders Tenable and Tanium, CMO of Coverity (now Synopsys) and a partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Founded by ex-GCHQ trainer, James Hadley, Immersive Labs is supported by $123m of venture capital funding. 

Tom Ray appointed CEO at CTS Group CTS Group has appointed Tom Ray as CEO to lead the

Tom Ray

group’s two partner companies, CTS and CloudM, following the decision by incumbent CEO James Doggart to step into a Founder Director advisory role after nearly 10 years at the helm of the two companies. Ray’s appointment comes after a record-breaking year for both businesses, with CTS recording a 79% increase in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) revenue and CloudM enjoying accelerating growth of 86% for its SaaS data management platform. CTS’ services arm is Europe’s largest dedicated Google Cloud partner and was recently named by Google as its EMEA Workspace Enterprise partner of the year and its EMEA Public Sector partner of the year for GCP. The group’s software brand, CloudM, is a SaaS data management platform that enables organisations of all sizes to get the most out of Microsoft 365, Google Workspace and other SaaS apps. As part of the Group’s restructure, current CTS Chief Operating Officer Chris Bunch will become Managing Director of CTS, while Gary Bennion will retain his position as Managing Director of CloudM.

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