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Channel People on the Move: Intelisys, Cisco, Effortless, More

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Time again to check in on the newest hires and promotions in the channel.

October was a slower-than-normal month in the human-resources departments at master agents and distributors, but Intelisys promoted one of its channel leaders, an XO Communications alum.

Some of the busier HR camps were at IT companies such as Cisco, Datto and Carbonite.

Effortless Office, the cloud and security provider, promoted one and rehired another, while SD-WAN player Aryaka named a new big boss with ties to Sprint.

Click through our gallery below to read about both channel leaders working in the trenches, and those in the C-suite that will make critical decisions impacting partners.

You never have to wait for our monthly update. We’re always updating our webpage that features people on the move.

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

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Intelisys' Justin Marano
Intelisys' Justin Marano

Intelisys, the master agent and tech distributor, named Justin Marano its new VP of sales for the Northeast. It's a promotion from director of Northeast sales.

Marano said he'll support the "remarkable growth" of Intelisys subagents. His career includes a long run at XO Communications.

He's a "driving force," the company says. Read why.
Effortless' Sonya Meline gallery
Effortless' Sonya Meline

Effortless Office, the cloud and security provider, promoted Sonya Ziegler Meline to chief sales and marketing officer; previously, she was vice president of sales and marketing.

Meline will spearhead reorganizing the sales, sales engineers and marketing teams in an effort to improve the markets that Effortless serves.

Read what Effortless' CEO has to say about Meline.
Effortless' Christopher Apostolof gallery
Effortless' Christopher Apostolof

Effortless wasn't done with Meline's promotion. The company also brought back former employee Christopher Apostolof as principal infrastructure engineer.

Apostolof has 25 years of IT experience, including a previous stint at Effortless. His most recent job was with CDK Global.

Learn why it's a "sigh of relief" to get him back to the company's Las Vegas office.
Datapipe's Robb Allen
Powernet's Penny Thurnau

Eighteen-year Powernet veteran Penny Thurnau is the company's new vice president of strategic alliances, a step up from her role as director of network and carrier services.

Thurnau will work with various indirect sales agents through Powernet's channel program, as well as vendors and technology partners to create and execute engagement strategies to generate growth for both Powernet and its partners.

Read about Thurnau's plans to bring in additional partners and increase the company's channel presence.
Aryaka's Matt Carter
Aryaka's Matt Carter

As the new chief executive at Aryaka, Matt Carter will be making important decisions that trickle down to partners.

Carter is the former Sprint VP of enterprise and IoT. One of his goals is to elevate a company that he calls "the best kept secret" in the industry.

Carter speaks highly of the SD-WAN provider's channel partners, saying that the company is “interested in helping them help us make money.”

Meet Carter.
Cisco's Andrew Sage
Cisco's Andrew Sage

Cisco just promoted Andrew Sage, its VP of Americas distribution for the past five years, to VP, global distribution sales.

He's tasked with managing all aspects of sales, marketing, strategy, operations and logistics for Cisco's worldwide distribution channel. That includes nurturing and growing the company's two-tier channel partners.

Sage replaces Julie Hens, who spent the last five years in the role before taking on a new role with Cisco herself. Get to know Sage.
Datto's Austin McChord
Datto's Austin McChord

Austin McChord, CEO of Datto, announced he would step aside from the chief-executive post at the company he founded 11 years ago in his parents' basement. He will remain on the board of directors.

“The decision I made was a very personal one,” he told Democrat & Chronicle news. “I’ve basically done Datto my entire life. It’s been a 24/7, 365 job. And a life that is just Datto is not a life well lived.”

Learn more about McChord's exit.
Carbonite's Rob Beeler
Carbonite's Rob Beeler

Carbonite, the data-protection provider, promoted Rob Beeler to senior vice president of products and engineering.

Beeler previously was VP of engineering at Carbonite, responsible for the design and development of the company's server portfolio. He has 25 years of software development and management experience.

Learn more about Beeler and Carbonite's new backup solutions.
InfoSec's Mike Nobers
Infosec Institute's Mike Nobers

Infosec Institute, which provides IT security education and workforce security awareness training, launched a new partner program for MSPs, VARs and OEMs — hiring Mike Nobers to lead it.

Nobers, most recently director of partner channel and alliances at Wombat Security Technologies (now Proofpoint), says InfoSec previously had a reseller agreement and would work with partners, but it was more of a "one-off opportunity." 

Get to know Nobers and the new program at Infosec.
Infovista's John Howes
Infovista's John Howes

Infovista has a new channel chief.

The SD-WAN vendor named John Howes is SVP of global channel sales. He's a veteran of Oracle and Acme Packet. Howes has been building learning resources, post-sales support and an easier on-boarding process, while driving partner recruitment, in the short time since he joined the company.

You can learn more about Infovista's software-defined networking strategy.
Commvault's Rick Fairweather
Commvault's Rick Fairweather

Rick Fairweather (pictured) is a veteran channel exec who left Veritas for a rival – Commvault – where he takes over as VP of channels for the Americas. Before Veritas, Fairweather was a longtime Cisco channel leader.

The backup and data-protection provider also named Mark Fong as VP or its Asia Pacific channel and alliances.
Intermedia's Scott Anderson
Intermedia's Scott Anderson

Intermedia appointed Scott Anderson, previously with Sitecore, to the role of chief marketing officer. He's in charge of all aspects of the company's integrated marketing efforts as it enters its next phase of growth. Intermedia has been without a CMO since Jim Kruger left late last year. 

Anderson also has marketing experience with HPE, Sun Microsystems and more.

Learn why Intermedia's CEO says Anderson is "exactly the right marketing leader" for the company.
Intermedia's Jonathan McCormick gallery
Intermedia's Jonathan McCormick

Also at Intermedia, chief operating officer Jonathan McCormick will serve as interim chief revenue officer after the departure of Eric Martorano, who left for a job with a customer life-cycle software company.

Intermedia calls McCormick a “driving force behind reshaping and restructuring [the company's] business to optimize operations across the entire organization, [working] closely with sales to maximize opportunities for its partners and their customers."

Read more about McCormick.
D3 Security's Peter Marini
D3 Security's Peter Marini

D3, the provider of orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) services, unveiled its Connected Global Sales Channel and Partner Program, naming newly appointed channel executive Peter Marini to lead it.

Marini most recently was an MSP/cloud provider channel manager with Check Point, where he was heavily involved in the business development for cloud technology alliances and MSSPs across Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

Marini talked with Channel Partners. Here's what he had to say.

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