Technology Reseller - v23

technolog y 43 PEOPLE Business, and at Virgin Media and Vodafone. Kini also works as an advisor to the Bank of England. CCO to accelerate autologyx roll-out Digital operations platform autologyx has appointed Sandeep Ram as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) to strengthen its presence in the legal, RPO and insurance sectors and accelerate its roll-out to new market sectors. The company, which recently secured an additional £1million in funding from its investor base, enables businesses to automate real-world, complex business processes. Ram joins autologyx from Hitachi Consulting, where he was Director of Business Development. Before that he held roles at Fujitsu, Insurecom and Tantalum Corporation. Oxford AI firm appoints CEO Mathew Lodge, previously SVP of Products and Marketing at Anaconda, has joined Diffblue as CEO. Spun out of the University of Oxford in 2016, Diffblue applies AI to automated code generation to solve critical pain points for development teams looking to deliver high quality code with less effort and in less time. Lodge has over 25 years of experience in the software industry at organisations of all sizes, including Symantec, Cisco and VMWare, where he was Vice President of cloud services and co-founder of the vCloud Air IaaS service. He was also a board member of the Linux Foundation’s Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). In its first year, Diffblue received £17 million in a Series A funding round led by Goldman Sachs and Oxford Sciences Innovation. Adarga recruits former Microsoft Intelligence Head Artificial intelligence analytics software company Adarga has appointed Jason Atlas, a former Microsoft Intelligence Head, as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The appointment follows the company’s £5 million Series A fundraising round, the proceeds of which will be used to expand Adarga’s data science and software engineering teams and roll-out the adarga_engine and adarga_bench software platforms in the UK and overseas. Atlas has more than 25 years’ experience as a software executive, including spells at Microsoft and Adbrain. New CTO for Datto Datto, a provider of IT solutions delivered through MSPs, has appointed Robert Petrocelli as chief technology officer (CTO) with responsibility for communicating the company’s technology vision and Channel Nycomm boosts Yealink team Nycomm has expanded its Yealink business unit with the appointment of Dawn Lill as Channel Business Development Manager. With 30 years’ channel expertise, Lill has been taken on to fuel sales of Yealink’s award-winning UC and collaboration solutions and to build closer reseller relationships. Yealink supplies a comprehensive range of communication products for a wide variety of work scenarios, from entry- level phones and advanced smart media phones for managers and executives to speakerphones and video collaboration solutions, including Microsoft Teams- certified UC solutions. Vendors Brother UK creates new sustainability role Brother UK has appointed a full-time sustainable development coordinator to help end users reduce their environmental footprint. Gemmer Crozier, who joined Brother as an apprentice five years ago, will work with channel partners and their customers to highlight how Brother solutions and services can support a greener business and to raise awareness of Brother’s approach to sustainability. In her new role, Crozier will also collaborate with the Brother recycling facility in Ruabon, Wales to encourage more Brother business customers to recycle Brother print cartridges. Gemmer said: “Sustainability is fast becoming a necessary requirement for our channel partners. We’ve supported some resellers on tenders where up to 40% of the total score was owed to responsible business practices. It will be incredibly rewarding to help organisations and individuals recycle more, reduce waste and become more energy efficient.” New MD for TalkTalk Business TalkTalk Business, one of the UK’s largest B2B providers of broadband, fibre and Ethernet data services, has appointed Jonathan Kini as Managing Director, following the departure of Kristine Olsen- Chapman. Based at the Soapworks, TalkTalk Business’s HQ in Salford Quays, Kini will report to TalkTalk CEO Tristia Harrison. Previously, Kini has held senior roles at Drax Plc, where he was CEO of the Customer overseeing its ongoing product development. Joining Datto from Oracle, Petrocelli has more than 30 years of technology experience. He began his career as co-founder and CEO for Heartlab, a cardiac image and information management company purchased by AGFA in 2005, and subsequently set up GreenBytes, a provider of inline deduplication data storage applications and cloud-scale IO-Offload systems, which was acquired by Oracle in 2014. Datto currently serves more than 500,000 small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in more than 130 countries through partnerships with more than 15,000 MSPs. Geddes takes reins at QA Erstwhile Direct Line Group CEO Paul Geddes is taking the reins at QA later this month, following the retirement of William Macpherson who has led the business for 11 years, successfully building QA into the largest digital education and skills provider in the UK, with nearly £300m in annual revenues and average annual profit growth of 35%. Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of QA, said: “William has been a hugely successful leader of QA. He has transformed the business from a small IT training business that was just breaking even in 2008 into the market leader for IT and digital skills development. I’m delighted to welcome Paul Geddes as our new CEO. Paul brings a strong focus on customers and great team leadership, both of which will propel QA during this next phase of the company’s development.” William Macpherson will remain on the Board of QA. Second UK channel manager for Snom Snom has appointed a second channel manager for the UK and Ireland. Lee Fletcher (see opposite) will be the direct contact for distributors, carriers, ITSPs and partners in the UK and Ireland, working alongside Lee Underwood, who was appointed UK channel manager earlier this year. Fletcher has 15 years’ experience in the ICT sector, including spells at Lenovo and Yealink, where he was business channel development manager. He said: “I’m extremely excited to be working as one of Snom’s channel managers in the UK and Ireland. I’ve really enjoyed meeting some of our partners, distributors and resellers and can’t wait to see what the future holds with the business.” People Gemmer Crozier, Brother Dawn Lill, Nycomm Matthew Lodge, Diffblue Jonathan Kini, TalkTalk Business Jason Atlas, Adarga Robert Petrocelli Paul Geddes