In pictures: Top 12 channel hires, fires and retrenchments of 2009

The channel leaders who made headlines during the year as they exited, stage right, or became a key recruit in future plans. There were some very big names amongst them.

  • A reshuffle of responsibility and the promotion of Solutions Partner Organisation director, Paul Robson, to its Enterprise Servers and Storage Group saw changes to HP’s partner team this year. Following Robson’s move, the vendor appointed [[artnid:316947|Belinda Ross (pictured) to oversee channels across its Imaging and Printing and Personal Systems Groups|new]].

  • Ingram Micro commercial director, [[artnid:309208|John Walters (pictured), was made redundant following a restructure of the distributor’s sales teams|new]] into two core business areas: The Enterprise Technology Group (ETG) and Volume Business. Walters was the third senior executive to leave Ingram this year: Former Solutions Group chief, Stuart Ellis, was retrenched in January after an operations overhaul, while vendor manager, Matt Sanderson, was promoted to Ingram’s UK operations as general manager.

  • Key Nortel Australian partner, [[artnid:315252|3D Networks, appointed Rod Taylor (pictured) to reinvigorate the business in August|new]]. He replaced Nick Avakian, who quit after just under 12 months with the networking integrator. .

  • After the highly controversial exit of former Australian Computer Society CEO, Kim Denham, the group spent months searching for a suitable replacement. In November, [[artnid:327992|the ACS appointed industry veteran, Bruce Lakin (pictured), to take the helm|new]].

  • Symantec local partner boss, [[artnid:321578|David Dzienciol, (pictured) was promoted to Asia-Pacific channels and SMB director in October|new]], triggering changes across the Australian team. Former senior partner director, Jeff Arndt, gained responsibility for national partners, while Steve Martin was appointed the vendor’s first SMB and distribution manager.

  • Telstra CEO, [[artnid:302548|David Thodey (pictured), was installed in May to replace outspoken former chief, Sol Trujillo|new]]. News of the ex-IBM CEO’s appointment was welcomed by Telstra partners, who claimed he would benefit distributors playing in the converged IT and carrier space. By November, [[artnid:325458|Telstra group managing director, David Moffatt|new]], had also left after six years in the role.

  • VMware channel manager, [[artnid:308186|David Blackman, (pictured) quit his post after two-and-a-half years to relocate to the UK|new]]. He was replaced by former Oracle alliances manager, Fred King.

  • Former Leading Solutions founder and managing director, [[artnid:324153|Frank Colli, (pictured) was not so much fired as forced out after the integrator went into administration in October|new]]. Administrators sold the business assets to Synergy (formerly ComputerCorp) in November.

  • The National Broadband Network (NBN) has dominated Australian ICT news this year, so it’s no surprise that the public company created to oversee the rollout, NBNco, was prominent in the press. [[artnid:314031|Mike Quigley (pictured) was appointed executive chair and CEO of NBNco in August|new]] and has already made several public speeches about NBN technology and usage.

  • Westcon Group Australia boss, [[artnid: 301006|Wendy O’Keeffe, (pictured) gained significantly more responsibility this year when she was promoted to regional executive vice-president|new]]. Shortly after the announcement, the distributor picked up Nortel’s sales operations in South-East Asia to expand its presence.

  • Former Lenovo managing director, [[artnid:319471|Phil Cameron, (pictured) made a sudden exit from the PC vendor in September|new]] after 18 months in the position and many more as channel manager. He reappeared in a regional channel and sales role with CA the following month.

  • ComputerCorp CEO, [[artnid:309208|Robin Rindel (pictured), made an abrupt exit from the ASX-listed systems integrator|new]] after its ultimately doomed merger with S Central was first announced. He was originally tipped to become the merged group’s chief but was outed by S Central managing director, Peter Mavridis, who was based in Melbourne. After the deal collapsed, ComputerCorp sales director, Pete Cappendell, assumed the acting CEO’s role and former IBM staffer, Joe Arcuri, came on-board as national sales director. In the meantime, eastern sales director, Tony Heywood, and services director, Roy Pater, quit to join rival integration organisations.

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