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Last Months Movers and Shakers

New hires for Fusion IT Management

James Robinson, Fusion IT Management

Yorkshire-based IT support and solutions provider Fusion IT Management has promoted James Robinson from IT Operations Manager to Chief Technical Officer (CTO). In his previous role, Robinson successfully built the firm’s cloud platform, growing it from a handful of servers to a large multi-redundant
array of complex systems. Fusion IT, which recently became one of a handful of IT businesses based in West Yorkshire to attain ISO 9001 and 27001 accreditation, is also expanding its systems development capabilities with two additions to its MatterSphere team. These are Sheffield Hallam University Computer Science graduate Karolina Mroz, who joins as a MatterSphere developer, and Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence graduate Kamil Sora, who is taking up a support developer role. The MatterSphere client and matter management system provides legal firms with a single, unified way to view and manage day-to-day activities.


Cradlepoint role for Ralston-Good

Cradlepoint, a provider of cloud- delivered 5G and LTE wireless network edge solutions, has appointed Sarah Ralston-Good to the role of Partner Sales Management UK & Ireland. Ralston-Good has more than 20 years’ experience working in large data, voice and security networking companies, most recently as EMEA Director of Partner Marketing & Programmes at Juniper Networks, after which she ran her own partner consultancy for four years. In her new role she will be responsible for leading the company’s Enterprise Elite Partners programme across the UK & Ireland and continuing to expand the Cradlepoint channel network. This has doubled in size over the last 12 months and still averages more than 20 new partner applications per week in EMEA. Ralston-Good said: “Wireless WAN is the next big opportunity for channel partners that will drive a solid growth strategy and impact revenue from all angles – products, services and integration. I’m looking forward to showcasing the benefits that Cradlepoint’s products, people and programs can bring to existing and new partners. By working closely with our partners, I will ensure they have the necessary support to understand thetechnology, communicate the benefits it will bring to their clients and get rewarded for doing so.”


Josie Jakub joins Connectr as VP of Marketing

Josie Jakub,


Connectr, a mentoring platform designed to attract, upskill and retain employees while helping businesses to meet diversity and inclusion targets, is supporting its ambitious growth plans with the appointment of ex-Amazon leader Josie Jakub as Vice-President of Marketing. Connectr Founder and Managing Director William Akerman said: “We’re at a pivotal moment in Connectr’s ambitious growth plans and Josie joins us with the key experience and leadership to guide our team to success through amplifying our position as the leading HR tech company.” Jakub has more than 20 years’ experience in transformational marketing for high growth companies in the telco, legal IT, cybersecurity and education sectors, including for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and ‘born-in-the-cloud’ document and email management service NetDocuments.


Carl Berry

New UK sales roles at F5

F5, the multi-cloud application security and delivery company, has appointed
Carl Berry as Director of Channel Sales for the UK and Ireland, reporting to Nasser El Abdouli, VP for EMEA Channel Sales. Berry joins F5 from Fortinet, where he was the Regional Sales Manager for the UK and Ireland. Berry’s appointment follows that of Kristina Wiktander as Vice President for North and West Europe. Previously Vice President for F5’s Northeast region, Wiktander will be responsible for sales in F5’s newly formed North and West Europe region spanning 13 countries, including the UK, Ireland, Benelux and Nordics. Before joining F5 in 2019, Wiktander held senior leadership positions at Dell and HP. She will report to Pierre Castelnau, Senior Vice-President for EMEA Sales at F5.


Giganet founder Andrew Skipsey steps down

Giganet founder Andrew Skipsey has announced his decision to step down so that the senior management team led by CEO Jarlath Finnegan can guide the ISP through the next stage of its development and growth. Skipsey’s decision comes one year after Giganet secured a £250M funding deal to build its own full fibre network and become a key partner to CityFibre and Openreach. Since then, Giganet has expanded its workforce from 25 to 146 employees (with plans to grow its headcount to 200 by the end of 2022), moved to a bigger HQ in Hampshire and opened a Reading branch. Skipsey started the business, then M12 Solutions, in 2003. In 2012, he and his sons Matthew and Luke pivoted M12 from being a voice-only telecoms firm to a business to business and consumer ISP as well. He said: “Now is the time for me to hand over to the next generation who are evolving Giganet to become the new challenger brand of our sector.”


Panasas strengthens sales and marketing team

Panasas, a leader in high performance data solutions, has strengthened its
sales and marketing team with four new appointments. They are Jeff Whitaker, VP of Marketing and Product Management; Kieran Penwill, Sales Director of EMEA; Chris Sassone, Sales Director of APAC; and Mike Sheppard, Global Director of Channels and Alliances. Following Whitaker’s appointment, Brian Reed, formerly Panasas VP of Product and Alliances, has taken over the position of VP of Corporate Development to drive the company’s international growth and expand its strategic partnerships and alliances. Commenting on the new hires, Brian Peterson, COO of Panasas, said: “I’m thrilled to announce these new appointments. The ActiveStor Ultra product line has received high praise from both established and new customers, and Panasas has enjoyed a sharp increase in demand over the last 18 months. As a result, we are investing further in our teams and our products to support our expanding global customer base.”


UK enterprise move by

Dubai-headquartered cloud networking company is expanding its enterprise operations in the UK & Ireland with the appointment of Colum Buckley as Director, Enterprise Business. Working with more than 1,000 local internet access and global connectivity providers, neutrality. one provides enterprises and service providers with software-defined internet, cloud and data centre infrastructure in 180+ countries. Its core offerings include data centre interconnection, software- defined wide area networking, layer 2/3 connectivity and managed security services. Formerly a Director at Strencom and Senior Manager at EINET and Cable & Wireless, Buckley brings more than 25 years of experience in meeting the regional and international connectivity needs of multi-national enterprises in the UK & Ireland. George Szlosarek, CEO of neutrality. one, said: “Colum has a track record of developing business both organically and via M&A activity with astute operational and commercial skills. His strong experience, expertise and knowledge of the market are exactly what we need to drive our UK & Ireland projects forward. Colum’s experience in delivering managed cloud, cybersecurity and connectivity solutions locally in the UK & Ireland and across the globe for large enterprises and corporate customers will add real value to the team.”



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