EMC Channel Chief Departs Company

Storage powerhouse EMC is looking for a new channel chief today, after confirming that Kristian Thyregod has left the company, according to a Channel Web report. Although details around his departure have yet to be released, an EMC spokesperson told Channel Web that the companys channel operations, sales and marketing continue to run smoothly, and that the company already has a replacement for the post in mind.

Thyregod will be missed, if his contributions to the company are any indication.  Even though his tenure as channel chief at EMC was brief, having replaced Pete Koliopoulos, then vice president of global channel marketing, last February, hes credited as a key leader who drove the companys Velocity Partner Program, established in 2003, to just under 2,000 partners today.

Previously, Thyregod held the position of distribution director for EMEA between October 2007 and August 2009, having also worked for IBM and Four Leaf Technologies.

The move came amid an ongoing executive reorganization to bring in new leadership, as the company tries to establish a clearer future strategy. For instance, former Symantec and Oracle executive Jeremy Burton was appointed EMCs first-ever chief marketing officer in March, on the heels of the addition of former Intel executive Pat Gelsinger last September as president and COO for EMC information infrastructure products. Around that time, EMC promoted Howard Elias to the position of president and COO for information infrastructure and cloud services.

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