It was a summer of change for Canada’s IT channel, with several channel chiefs moving on to new roles and new executives taking their places to run the channel businesses of some of Canada’s most important technology companies.
Over just the last few months, we’ve seen changes in Canadian channel leadership for three members of the Canadian Channel Chiefs Council – SAP, Cisco Systems and NetApp.
At SAP Canada, former Microsoft Canada channel chief Rob Stevens now holds that role for the business software vendor. He takes over for Mary Peterson, who is transitioning into a new role with the company.
Cisco Systems Canada
With the departure of former channel chief David DeAbreu, who left the networking giant for a position with Rogers, Cisco Systems Canada looked internally and promoted Mark Collins. Collins was most recently Cisco Canada’s vice-president of marketing, and has previously held positions within their channel organization.
With Rick Brown moving on to pursue a new role at security vendor Palo Alto Networks Canada, networking company NetApp Canada is looking for a new channel chief. Brown, who also held held senior positions with Brocade and Symantec, will hold an unconfirmed channel role with Palo Alto. He’s joined there by former Avaya Canada president and Cisco Canada channel chief Ross Pellizzari.