Channel People on the Move: Telarus, TBI, Avant

TBI's Corey Cohen

Some of the biggest master agents in the business have been on a hiring spree this spring. This month’s edition of Channel People on the Move features new hires and promotions at Telarus, TBI and Avant.

But that’s far from all.

One of Cisco’s best-known channel leaders of all time took a job with Rubrik, Broadvoice added a Google vet to lead product innovation, and Poly named an executive VP of strategy.

We packed a record 26 people into our latest edition of CPOTM. Click through the gallery below to see where your friends and colleagues have recently set up shop.

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

Follow executive editor @Craig_Galbraith on Twitter.

Avant personnel

It's been a busy spring of hires at master agent Avant.

Among them, clockwise from top left: Kristine Su, channel manager (southern California, Arizona, Nevada); Brian Schloss, director of operations; Michael Hodge, channel manager, Texas and South Central); Kim Staro, senior channel manager (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C.); Julie Underwood, channel manager, Texas and South Central; Clint Haynes, channel manager, Mountain West; Katlyn Taylor, inside channel manager, Texas and South Central; and Luke O'Shaugnessy, director of sales engineering.
Evans, Lesley_Telarus gallery May 2019
Telarus' Lesley Evans

Lesley Evans, whose background includes working for rival master agent Intelisys, is Telarus' new director of sales operations. She's tasked with helping to build the company's field sales team as it recruits new partners.

Before taking this job, she spent nearly three years as a relationship manager at net2phone.

Learn why Evans says her prior work experiences set her up for this new gig.
TBI's Corey Cohen
TBI's Corey Cohen

Corey Cohen has the prestigious distinction of being the first woman to be a part of master agent TBI's seven-person executive team. This comes thanks to her promotion to VP of marketing. It's a change in title from director of marketing.

Cohen is tasked with not only marketing, but public relations, advertising and brand strategy.

Learn why her boss says this was a well-deserved promotion.
Cisco's Wendy Bahr
Rubrik's Wendy Bahr

Known for her long tenure at Cisco, Wendy Bahr is the new chief commercial officer at Rubrik, the cloud data management company.

She'll be responsible for the company's MSP, global SI and channel partners, hardware and software alliances, inside sales and professional services teams. It's a task she's well prepared for, having spent 18 years at Cisco, including several as global channel chief.

We asked her all about her new gig in this Q&A.
Poly's Darrius Jones
Poly's Darrius Jones

UC provider Poly, the rebrand of Plantronics after it bought Polycom, named Darrius Jones to lead strategy as executive vice president. He'll be "taking advantage of new and emerging technologies to deliver exceptional customer experiences," the company said.

Jones has more than 20 years of industry experience in such fields as digital, unified communications and customer care. Previous employers include Cisco, Merrill Lynch and Computershare.

Here's why Poly's CEO says Jones is joining the company at the right time.
Broadvoice's Khoi Nguyen
Broadvoice's Khoi Nguyen

A fair share of the products Broadvoice partners will sell going forward will be the brainchild of Khoi Nguyen, who joins the company as head of product. His background includes stints at Google, OpenX and Rubicon Project.

At Broadvoice, Nguyen will use his background in software product management to oversee the company's b-hive UCaaS platform.

Learn more about this chap.
Colotraq's Dany Bouchedid
Aluf Holdings' Dany Bouchedid

Bouchedid, who the channel knows best as president and CEO of Colotraq, now is CEO of Aluf Holdings as well.

Bouchedid had been serving on the board of Aluf, the publicly traded holding company that bought Colotraq, the data-center infrastructure master agency, in April. He'll keep his seat on the board as he takes the role of chief executive.

Read more about the acquisition.
SourceDay personnel

There are a pair of new faces at SourceDay, the supply-chain automation solution provider.

One is Emeka Obianwu (left), a veteran of NSS Labs and Ping Identity. He's the company's new senior vice president of alliances and channel. The other is Sarah Moore, formerly with Spredfast. She's SourceDay's new chief marketing officer.

Read Edward Gately's Q&A with Obianwu to learn more about SourceDay, the big funding round it recently completed and what its channel strategy will be.
Sungard AS' Mike Robinson
Sungard AS' Mike Robinson

Mike Robinson, the former CEO of Broadview Networks, is the new chief executive of Sungard Availability Services, which emerged from just 24 hours of chapter 11 bankruptcy last month. He replaces Andrew Stern, who was boss for nine years.

In 12 years at Broadview, which Windstream acquired in 2017, Robinson led the company's transformation from a traditional telecom service provider to a purveyor of cloud-based UCaaS.

Read why Robinson is "thrilled" to be at the top of the Sungard AS food chain.
Masergy's Becky Carr
Masergy's Becky Carr

Masergy, the networking, cloud communications and managed security provider, hired Becky Carr as its first-ever chief marketing officer.

She comes to Masergy from Avaya, where she was head of global marketing. Other previous employers include CoStar Group and CenturyLink Technologies.

Advantix's Brad Renville
Advantix's Brad Renville

Advantix Solutions, the life-cycle management solutions provider, named Brad Renville its new director of strategic channels. He comes to Advantix from Kore Telematics.

Renville, who has more than years of experience in both direct and indirect sales organizations, will be responsible for business planning and a focus on strategic channel development. He has launched national channel programs and established new markets for numerous technology companies in his past.

Read why Renville says this career move was an "easy decision."
GMS Live Expert's Danny Obaseki
GMS Live Expert's Danny Obaseki

GMS Live Expert, the outsourced service desk division for MSPs of Global Mentoring Solutions, promoted Danny Obaseki to vice president of sales.

Previously director of partner development, Obaseki’s promotion will expand GMS’ presence in the managed services channel through dedicated sales leadership, the company said.

Listen to Obaseki on the popular Channel Partners podcast, Coffee with Craig and Kevin.
net2phone personnel
net2phone's Jason Wagg and Dan Solomon

Jason Wagg (left) is net2phone's newest channel sales manager based in southern California. He has 14+ years of experience in telecommunications with previous channel manager positions at Sonic and Network One Solutions. 

Also new to net2phone is Dan Solomon, channel sales director for the West region. He brings more than 18 years of experience to the job, with previous channel sales jobs at Nextiva, Netwolves and Integra.
Datapipe's Robb Allen
SADA Systems' Miles Ward

SADA Systems, a Google Cloud partner, named Miles Ward its new chief technical officer.

Ward comes to SADA from Google, where he was director and global lead for solutions at Google Cloud. He founded Google Cloud's Solutions Architecture practice, built a Style-Detection AI API, and helped customers like Twitter migrate the world’s largest Hadoop cluster to public cloud.
Bitglass' Ben Rice and Jon Peppler
Bitglass' Benjamin Rice and Jon Peppler

Bitglass, the cloud access security broker (CASB) named Benjamin Rice (left) vice president of worldwide business development and Jon Peppler as VP of worldwide channels. 

Peppler comes to the company from Menlo Security and brings more than 20 years of channel experience to the job. Rice has held a variety of senior management positions at public companies such as Blue Coat Systems, as well as startups like Egnyte and Ositis Software.
Snow Software's Richard Anderson
Snow Software's Richard Anderson

Snow Software, the software asset management provider, promoted Richard Anderson to chief customer officer.

Anderson most recently was Snow's VP of worldwide customer success. He'll be tasked with ensuring the company's customers' voices will "continue to be ingrained within every part of the business."

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