April featured a huge number of people getting promoted or taking new jobs in the channel — too many to list here, but we’re going to do our best.
Several were introduced at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. Many were added as part of company expansions — truly exciting for the direction of the channel.
In our gallery below, many of the big master agents – Intelisys, Telarus, TBI, Sandler Partners – get in on the action. And with the unified communications race heating up, you’ll find RingCentral, 8×8 and Broadvoice represented here too.
But those are only about half of the people on the move worth mentioning. We’ve got a total of 19 people you’ll want to get to know.
Don’t forget — we’re always updating our webpage that features people on the move.
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Follow the Brady Bunch-like image above for a quadrant of new hires at master agent Telarus
Tony Heywood (upper right) will lead the company's expansion effort
into Australia and New Zealand. His roles will include partner development management, commissions analysis and event coordination. He'll be based in Sydney, and focus on sales and vendor partnerships after the region has added support staff.
Joseph Galluzzi (lower left) is Telarus' new VP for the Northeast
. He's in charge of field sales teams in Philly, Boston and New York. He most recently worked for Time Warner Cable.
Reagan Roberts (lower right) and Phillip Brekke (upper left) will serve similar roles
as partner development managers; Roberts in the Carolinas and Brekke in the Mountain West. Roberts comes from rival CNSG, while Brekke most recently worked at Dizzion, the desktop-as-a-service provider.
Intelisys' Christine Sanni
First announced at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, Christine Sanni comes to Intelisys
from Broadview Networks (now part of Windstream), where she was a senior channel manager.
, she will be a regional channel manager in the Mid-Atlantic South. She will support sales partners in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Virginia; and Delaware.
8x8's Bill Corbin8x8,
the UC provider, made headlines when it announced the hiring of Bill Corbin, who came over from a senior VP role in CenturyLink's channel.
Corbin takes the newly created position
of senior VP of channels and alliances, where he'll be responsible for further growing 8x8's channel uptake and momentum, and driving adoption of the newly launched 8x8 X series.
Broadvoice's Eric BrookerBroadvoice
introduced Eric Brooker, formerly with Viasat, ShoreTel and Ecessa, as its director of channel.
Brooker will work with regional channel managers to execute regional strategies, and to identify, recruit and cultivate new partner alliances. He has 20 years of industry experience in channel-related sales leadership positions.Learn more about Brooker and his new role
TBI's Kim RuschTBI
's newest channel manager is Kim Rusch. She comes to the master agent from another master — Sandler Partners. Rusch will work to develop and grow agents via training, technical support and sales support.Get the full scoop on this new hire
It was a busy month in the HR department at Avaya,
which made several key hires.
One was Ron Griggs (right), formerly with Deloitte Consulting. He takes the reins
as VP of system-integrator relations. He and his team will develop and manage SI relationships. Chris McGugan (left) returned to the company as chief technology strategist. Most recently, he worked for a major retailer, but previously was Avaya's VP of emerging products and technology, and of contact-center solutions and marketing.
The company also brought back Ed Nalbandian
(not pictured) to be its president of services. Earlier in his career, he had a six-year run as Avaya's CEO of strategic products and services.
TPx's Sean AversanoTPx Communications
, the managed services carrier, named Sean Aversano (pictured) as a channel manager supporting partners in the Carolinas. He's a veteran of Windstream and Charter Communications.
Also new to TPx is Tammy Delduca, who fills a similar role covering Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi. She is based in Atlanta.
The moves are part of TPx's national channel expansion. Learn more about these channel managers here
RingCentral's Amanda Jardine
Amanda Jardine is the new channel programs director at RingCentral
, where she will be responsible for executing on key initiatives to enable the success and growth of the company's partners.
Her background includes stints at Qwest, CenturyLink, and most recently, Level 3.
Sandler Partners' Ryan Yakos
As part of its increasing investment in the Midwest, Sandler Partners
hired Ryan Yakos as director of channel in that region. He'll oversee Sandler agents and be responsible for their support and services.
He most recently was VP of sales and marketing for Access One, the Chicago-based communications provider.Learn more about Yakos and his new job
Gigamon's Michelle Hodges
Michelle Hodges is the new VP
of worldwide partner sales for Gigamon
, the network traffic visibility and security company.
Hodges, who most recently led Riverbed's global channel strategy, programs, communications and enablement, will be tasked with evolving the Gigamon partner program by deepening relationships with VARs and distributors, adding new partner segments and building out security capabilities to support growth.
FiberLight's Mike KoppFiberLight
, the fiber-based network connectivity provider, named Mike Kopp
its new VP of channel.
FiberLight also is introducing a new channel-partner program to function as its own department within the sales team. Kopp will build it and run it.
That's not unusual for Kopp, who did the same for Colt and Cogent.
Skuid's Mark NationSkuid
, the no-code application platform, appointed Mark Nation
, an SAP veteran, as VP of global alliances and channels.
Nation's hire comes as Skuid expands its channel program, providing partners with preferred, early access to technical resources, training, joint marketing opportunities and go-to-market enablement.
Green House Data's David Neely
David Neely is the new VP of channel for Green House Data,
the colocation and cloud-services provider.
Neely was responsible for the creation and management of the Charter channel program. At Green House, he's charged with
expanding and energizing the partner program.
RapidScale's Jeanine SicinskiRapidScale
looked to Flexential and ViaWest veteran Jeanine Sicinski to fill the role
of partner experience manager. Her job will be to develop new partnerships, manage and lead existing partners, and build a winning partner-experience approach in the Northeast.
It's been quite a month for Sicinski, who was also recognized by Cloud Girls
at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo with the group's Rising Star Award.
IPtelX's Corinne Faulmann
Announced at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, Corinne Faulmann is the new business development manager at IPtelX
Faulmann joins the team
with 17 years of experience in telecom, public safety and E911, specifically the routing of wireless emergency calls. She will oversee project management, customer management, marketing and operations for IPtelX.