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Five new directors join the Canadian Channel Chiefs Council board

Channel Strategy

Change is a constant in Canada’s IT reseller channel, and at the April meeting of the Canadian Channel Chiefs Council (C4) board of directors, five new members were appointed to the C4 in reflection of change in our industry.

In preparation for a restructuring later this year that will see Hewlett-Packard Co. separate into two companies – HP Inc. with the printing and personal systems business, and HP Enterprise with the enterprise hardware, software and services business – HP’s representation on the board has changed. John Cammalleri has now joined the board, replacing Garry Drysdale. With the split, Drysdale will become the lead for HP Inc. in Canada, and Cammalleri will transition into Drysdale’s former role as vice-president of commercial and channel sales.

No stranger to the channel, Cammalleri has held a number of leadership positions over the years, including vice-president, partners and alliances at Sun Microsystems and vice-president, digital IT division at Samsung Electronics. He also held senior positions at IBM Canada and Synnex Canada. He’s a graduate of York University, Toronto, with a degree in Liberal Sciences.

With Fiaaz Walji moving on from Websene, John Hutter has replaced him as Canada country manager and continues Websense’s representation on the C4 board. A 19-year veteran of the Canadian IT channel, Hutter has held senior positions at Pitney Bowes Software, Bell Canada and IBM. He’s a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.

Returning to the board is former HP Canada executive Andrew Eppich, who rejoins C4 as CEO of hosting services provider Equinix Canada. Eppich was formerly vice-president of partners and channels for HP Canada’s enterprise group, and served on the C4 board in that capacity previously. He holds an honours degree in commerce from the Michael DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

With EMC Canada joining C4, Michael Kerr has now joined the C4 board of directors. Kerr is the director of EMC Canada and a 35-year IT veteran. Before joining EMC, where he also serves as director of US Northeast channels, Kerr spent more than 25 years with IBM Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Finally, Microsoft Canada’s Jason Brommet has also joined the C4 board. Brommet is director of partner strategy and programs for the vendor, and leads the team that is responsible for driving the commercial channel strategy and programs. Since joining Microsoft in 2003, he has held a variety of roles from product marketing and business development to managing the Office business productivity team.

You can read more about Brommet in our recent channel chief spotlight, and meet all your C4 directors on our C4 website.