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Former channel chiefs land new jobs

(Left) Ross Pellizzari, now with Palo Alto Networks Canada and Greg Chappell of Seagate

The new landing spot for former Avaya Canada president Ross Pellizzari will be network security vendor Palo Alto Networks.

Pellizzari told CDN that he has accepted the position of vice president of eastern Canada sales for Palo Alto Networks. He left Avaya Canada at the end of 2014 and was replaced by Walter Andri of Primus Communications.

Meanwhile, Greg Chappell is the new Canadian sales manager for Seagate’s cloud systems and solutions business. Chappell was the channel chief of HP Canada and left that post in 2010.

The hiring of Chappell comes just a few months after Seagate launched a massive rebranding campaign with the theme that content and data is precious. According to the company, the new brand underscores how Seagate’s product solution portfolio extends the company’s data storage expertise. The focus of the new Seagate brand is the “Living Logo”, which will showcase data as a living, vibrant thing that powers human invention, culture and advances.

The branding campaign is the company`s largest investment in marketing. One of the branding campaign`s components is a partnership with Getty Images, which Seagate will be able to use the logo on its Web site for telling stories about topics such as technology pioneers and breakthroughs in human history.

Steve Luczo, Seagate’s chairman and CEO, said the refreshing look and feel is part of the company redefining the relationships it currently has we consumers, and channel partners.

Seagate has developed a Cloud Alliance Partner program for scaling out it’s sever and storage products for the cloud. Seagate is going to market with an open approach to Intelligent Information Infrastructure, working with cloud service providers for managing workloads.

At Palo Alto Networks, Pellizzari has been tasked to target public sector, large enterprise, healthcare, education, commercial and SMBs. Palo Alto is not stopping at just Pellizzari as they are actively looking for more channel professionals.

The appointment of Pellizzari comes off the heels of Palo Alto Networks` acquisition Israeli cybersecurity vendor Cyvera. And, after the company formed a strategic partnership with VMware, Inc. to address mobile security needs.

Palo Alto Networks also announced a cyber-threat intelligence service called AutoFocus. AutoFocus offers actionable intelligence on cyber-threats.