Symantec Canada/Veritas left without a channel chief

CDN has learned that Jim Willis is no longer the channel chief of Symantec Canada.

The subsidiary is less than half a year from officially separating into two independent publicly traded companies. Veritas will be trading on its own Jan. 2, 2016.

The Symantec operation will focus on security led by its flagship Norton product, while Veritas sticks to information management.

Willis as the senior director of Canadian channels and inside sales at Symantec Canada held that post for more than two years. Before that he was the long-time chief of large enterprise sales at Symantec.

No replacement has been named for Willis and one source told CDN that the channel team will be reporting to the U.S. operation.

Just last month, Symantec Canada GM Sean Forkan was named the new vice president of Veritas’ central U.S. region and Canada. Forkan ran Symantec Canada since February of 2012. In this new job, Forkan will be responsible for sales alongside Steve Scharien who is the senior manager of enterprise sales.

Scharien will be leading the account sales team in Canada, as well as Brian Mead, the senior manager of solution system engineers. These engineers support the sales team at Veritas.

Earlier this year, Scott Taylor, the executive vice president, general counsel and secretary at Symantec told CDN that the company continues to be focused on serving its customers and partners as it progresses through the separation. The Veritas team is preparing to roll out more information on its product direction to partners and customers during during the year including any channel partner program.

Meanwhile, the new Veritas Canada organization plans to move out of Symantec Canada’s North York, Ont., headquarters to a new downtown Toronto address.

This move comes as Veritas/Symantec announced the release of its latest enterprise-class data protection solution, Veritas NetBackup 7.7.

The new NetBackup features new cloud storage services and support for new cloud providers.

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Former editor of Computer Dealer News, covering Canada's IT channel community.

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