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August’s Channel People on the Move

AppDynamics' Ghazal Asif

Just when you thought our monthly “people on the move” gallery couldn’t get more popular …

Despite slogging through the dog days of summer, we were inundated with news in August about new hires and promotions. They include channel chiefs and managers, product folks and more. You’ll also find company brass that make decisions that trickle down to the channel.

And in this edition, there’s no dearth of big names: AT&T, Intelisys, Avaya, TPx, Effortless and Rapidscale — and those aren’t even half of the companies represented. The companies these new hires used to call home are also noteworthy: XO, Ingram Micro, Microsoft, Dropbox and more.

Missed last month’s “people” gallery? Click here to see who was on the move in July.

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Intelisys' Michael Gorman
Intelisys' Michael Gorman

Intelisys, the master agent, added Michael Gorman, its seventh solutions engineer, to its national team.

Based in Southern California, Gorman will support sales partners in the Southwest. His 25-year engineering and sales career history spans across the channel, SMB and enterprise markets. He most recently served as the senior director of technical pre-sales with Inference Solutions, and has held multiple senior leadership roles with companies such as Evolve IP and Dell Services (now NTT Data).

AT&T's Matt Hickey
AT&T's Matt Hickey

AT&T bolstered its support for government channel sales with the hiring of Matt Hickey.

Hickey is the company’s new vice president of global public sector channel marketing. He will oversee promotion for all technologies and solutions AT&T partners offer to customers in local, state and federal institutions. He is responsible for industry events, sponsorships, paid media and all other marketing aimed at government customers. Hickey most recently served as vice president of AT&T’s business solutions unit.

Avaya Personnel
Avaya

Avaya, which plans to emerge from chapter 11 bankruptcy as a public company on Oct. 1, named Jim Chirico (top) as its new CEO, effective on that date. Outgoing CEO Kevin Kennedy will retire but remain a company adviser.

Meantime, Avaya named a pair of new area vice presidents to drive sales in the western U.S. (Bruce Rosen, bottom right) and the South (Jim Haigh, bottom left). Rosen most recently led Newport Strategy Advisors, a professional-services company. Haigh came to Avaya following 20 years at Microsoft where he sold cloud, big data and software.

Effortless' Cathe Shandle
Effortless Office

Cathe Shandle comes to Effortless from Broadvoice. She takes the reins as regional (West) director of channel sales. She's responsible for supporting channel partners and accounts. Shandle also has previous experience with AT&T Wireless, and Nextlink-XO Communications.

Chris Simmons (not pictured) is Effortless' new senior VP of channel sales. He's charged with developing partnerships with master agents and scaling the company's channel program nationally. He has prior stints at Rackspace and Level 3.

RapidScale's Brett Gheen
RapidScale's Brett Gheen

Brett Gheen's promotion to director of architecture means he'll be responsible for leading a team at RapidScale that designs and maintains global infrastructure and also participates in new service-offering development. He joined the managed cloud provider when RapidScale acquired Vonage's hosted infrastructure segment.

RapidScale also named Meighan Agresta (not pictured) to its executive team as VP of finance and administration. She joins the company with more than 16 years of experience in the data-center and managed cloud-services business.

Carbon Black's Thomas Hansen
Carbon Black's Thomas Hansen

Carbon Black, the provider of endpoint security and antivirus services, hired Thomas Hansen, a former leader at Dropbox and Microsoft, as its chief revenue officer and executive vice president. He's tasked with leading the company’s global sales, sales engineering, channel sales, customer success and customer services.

D&H Distributing's Ken Fabozzi
D&H Distributing's Ken Fabozzi

D&H Distributing, which hired the Ingram Micro and Jenne vet as its new senior director of VAR field sales. He will oversee business associated with several major D&H vendor partners that focus on SMBs.

TPx Personnel
TPx

TPx, the former TelePacific, which now bills itself as a managed-services carrier, TPx, promoted longtime channel director Hilary Gadda (left) to director of national channel development. In her new role, Gadda will broaden TPx’s relationships with national and regional master agencies, and focus on strengthening and supporting their marketing initiatives, agent recruitment, onboarding and training programs.

Also, TPx promoted Yvette Barreto (center) to lead its new sales provisioning team for agents. The team will be dedicated to processing service orders, installations and escalations for partners and their clients nationally.

Last but not least, the company hired Shane Gossert, formerly with CallTower and MegaPath, as a channel manager for its Mid-Atlantic region.

Zyme's Paul Carmody
Zyme's Paul Carmody

Zyme, which specializes in channel data management, hired Paul Carmody as senior VP and general manager of products and solutions. Carmody will be responsible for prouct development and operations across Zyme's businesses and will report directly to the company's CEO.

Mojo Networks' Michael Printz
Mojo Networks' Michael Printz

Mojo Networks, the Wi-Fi provider, hired Michael Printz as its new VP of North American sales. He most recently worked at Mimosa Networks, which provides wireless 5G services. There, he was vice president of sales and support.

Morphisec's Paul Laracy
Morphisec's Paul Laracy

Morphisec, the endpoint security provider, named Paul Laracy its new senior director of U.S. channel sales. He's been a staple in IT and telecommunications since 1980 and has served in numerous channel roles. His last stint was as senior manager of channel sales at Lieberman Software.

AppDynamics' Ghazal Asif
AppDynamics' Ghazal Asif

Cisco-owned AppDynamics, launched its new Titan Partner Program and appointed Ghazal Asif, formerly with Cisco Meraki, to lead and grow its channel organization.

Asif tells Channel Partners that it’s become obvious through many conversations with customers and partners that “a digital revolution is under way for enterprises in every industry around the world due to rapidly rising consumer expectations around application performance.”

eFolder's Adam Slutskin
eFolder's Adam Slutskin

Adam Slutskin is eFolder’s new chief revenue officer, a role that puts him in charge of all eFolder teams that interact with customers and generate revenue. The company says it expects him to grow sales for its data protection offerings.

He comes to eFolder from ConnectWise, where he spent seven years, beginning as director of sales and finishing as chief revenue officer.

ViaSat's Amy Brown
Exede by ViaSat's Amy Brown

Exede by ViaSat recently appointed Amy Brown to manage business internet channel marketing. Brown, a technology and marketing industry veteran, is particularly focused on creating awareness in the channel for ViaSat-2, the company's new satellite that aims to improve speeds, reduce costs, and expand the footprint of broadband services across North America.

Voxox's Kevin Weber
Voxox's Kevin Weber

Voxox, the unified cloud communications provider, hired Kevin Weber as executive vice president of sales. Weber, a veteran of Nitel and Cbeyond, will lead all sales efforts, which include growing Voxox’s sales team and developing its distribution channel.


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