New channel chiefs for SAP Canada, Cisco Canada & NetApp Canada

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.

SAP Canada

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.

READ MORE: SAP Canada makes a major channel leadership change

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.

READ MORE: Cisco goes internal for new Canadian channel chief

NetApp Canada

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.

READ MORE: NetApp Canada channel chief moves to Palo Alto Networks

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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras
A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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