Pulse Check


James Henderson

‎Editorial Director of Asia Pacific and Middle East IDG Communications

As Editorial Director of Asia Pacific and Middle East, James Henderson is responsible for developing the content, audience and partnership strategy of CIO, CSO and Channel publications across the region. James specialises in converting global technology trends into local insights, with a specific focus on ASEAN markets.

Mark Iles

Industry Analyst, Tech Research Asia

Mark Iles is an Industry Analyst with the Advisory and Consulting organisation Tech Research Asia. Previously he spent 25 years in the Software, IT and Telecommunications industry. He focuses on emerging technology trends and their impact on the traditional vendor-partner-customer relationships and how to evolve their go-to-market strategies.

Jay McBain

Global Advisor, Channel Mechanics, Forrester

Jay McBain is one of the most visible thought leaders in the global technology channel. Named to the Top 40 Under Forty by the Business Review as well as numerous channel magazines top influencer lists, he is often sought out for industry guidance and future trends. He has spent his 25-year career in various executive channel sales, marketing, and strategy roles within IBM, Lenovo, Autotask, and ChannelEyes. Jay is the principal analyst for global channels, partnerships & alliances at Forrester – one of the most influential global research and advisory firms in the world.

Hugh Richards

Principal, Latimer Partners

Hugh is a founding partner of Latimer Partners, after 15 years in investment banking with global advisory firms. Hugh’s work in London and Australia included the full range of local and cross-border European acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, privatisations, corporate restructurings and debt restructurings on behalf of private and public companies and state entities. He has led multiple assignments for global corporations in each of the telecoms, media and technology spaces. Hugh specialises in providing advice on corporate strategy, capital structuring (including capital raising) and mergers and acquisitions.

Janet Schijns

CEO and Co-Founder of JS Group

JS Group is a go to market consultancy dedicated to achieving results. She is the founder of the #digitalnormal movement in the industry driving profitable change in the partner community. Janet is a top 10 CEO Disruptor 2021, Top 10 Women in Technology 2020, 2021 (Analytics Insights), Top 50 Technology Influencers 2020, 2021 (Awards Magazine) and was named Channel Influencer of the year in 2019 beating out a slate of nominees from the top tech firms in the world, she has been in the top 5 influencers every year for the past decade. She was formerly EVP and CMSO at Office Depot, where she led a major transformation to drive traction in IT services, generating recurring revenue from higher margin solutions. Prior to that, she was the Chief Channel Executive, Chief Marketing Technologist and ran business products for Verizon Business. Additionally, Janet ran the channel organization for Motorola Enterprise and Government and is a noted and admired expert in the industry regularly appearing on the main stage at a variety of events.

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