PlanetOne Hires Former CenturyLink, Level 3 Channel Manager

**Editor’s Note: Click here to see which channel people were on the move in December and January.**

By Perry Vandell

A master agency and a pair of vendors have announced new hires that will either work directly in the channel or make decisions that influence it.PlanetOne's Jeff Swan

Master agent PlanetOne Communications has hired Jeff Swan as director of strategic alliances. In his new position, Swan will be responsible for forging new relationships between PlanetOne and partners, various IT and telecom providers, manufacturers and distributors.

Before joining PlanetOne, Swan worked for various IT and telecom companies, including CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications.

ForeScout's Michael DeCesareForeScout Technologies made a new hire of its own with Michael DeCesare, a former president of Intel Security, as the company’s new chief executive officer. DeCesare took his position on March 2, and believes ForeScout Technologies can help bring an end to the swath of data breaches we’ve seen over the past couple of years.

“The explosion of mobile devices, cloud and wireless access has thrown a giant spotlight on securing the network. This is where the action is, and the rapid growth of network security companies proves it,” DeCesare said.

As a vendor, ForeScout’s perhaps best known for “ForeScout CounterACT,” a security program that offers network visibility for companies.

Transaction Network Services (TNS) wraps up this string of new hires with an announcement that Joe Lueckenhoff will lead its Telecommunication Services division as executive vice president and general manager.

TNS' Joe LueckenhoffBefore TNS, Lueckenhoff was senior vice president of business product management at AT&T, and before that, VP of business mobility and marketing at Cingular. During the 2010 merger between AT&T and Cingular, Lueckenhoff was responsible for consolidating the wireless and wireline products of both companies.

In his new role, Lueckenhoff plans to help TNS capitalize on the conversion to 4G LTE, monetize data, and convert to an IP infrastructure.

For channel partners, TNS offers an online transaction service dubbed TNSPay that also handles payments over the phone and through mail orders.

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