Executive movements: New appointments, promotions and resignations at channel centric companies

This is your one stop shop for the latest news on executive movements in the enterprise IT channel space.

Keep up with the latest appointments and movements in the enterprise IT channel domain in India and across the world. 

Here is a compiled list of top channel executives who joined, quit or been promoted. If you think we have missed out on any names or if you know any recent movement, kindly email the details to mansi_joshi@idgindia.com.


 March 2019

Name: Surojit Dasguptasurojit
Designation: Head - Channels, Alliances and Commercial Sales, India and SAARC
Company: Forescout



Surojit Dasgupta will support the growth of Forescout’s channel community in India as the company extends footprint across APJ region. In his earlier role, Surojit was channel head for CrowdStrike in India. 


Surojit Dasgupta is India Channel Chief at Forescout

Name: Ankur GoelAnkur-Goel-Plantronics-ChannelWorld
Designation: Managing Director for India & SAARC
Company: Plantronics



Goel will oversee both Plantronics and Polycom business in India and manage the company’s joint business spanning voice, video, content and cloud solutions for customers as they work, share, collaborate, and play. 

Ankur Goel appointed India Chief at Plantronics

 February 2019

Name: Sharat Sinha check-point-channelworld-sharat-sinha
Designation: Vice President, APAC
Company: Check Point



Sinha has over 25 years’ experience in senior sales and marketing positio ns in the cybersecurity and enterprise IT sectors. He joins from VMware, where he was VP for Asia-Pacific and Japan for 4 years.

Sharat Sinha is APJ Chief at Check Point

Name: Amitabh Jacob Google cloud india amitabh jacob
Designation: Head of Partnerships and Alliances
Company: Google Cloud



Amitabh will be responsible for driving Google Cloud's route-to-market strategy across the India region through partnerships with system integrators, resellers, technology partners, managed services providers and distribution partners. 

Amitabh Jacob is India Channel Chief at Google Cloud

Name: Rakesh Kharwal Rakesh-Kharwal-Cyberbit
Designation: MD for India/South Asia and ASEAN
Company: Cyberbit



Rakesh has a track record spanning over 25 years in the IT industry, with over 15 years in the cybersecurity space with stints at Microsoft, McAfee. Most recently he served as India/South Asia Country Manager for IBM Security Software.   

Cyberbit appoints Rakesh Kharwal as MD for India/South Asia and ASEAN

Name: Pierre-Jean ChâlonPierre
Designation: Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific
Company: Plantronics 



Leading the region is Pierre-Jean Châlon who will expand his role to oversee both Plantronics and Polycom teams as Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific. He will manage the company’s joint business in APAC, spanning voice, video, content and cloud solutions for customers as they work, share, collaborate, and play. 

Pierre-Jean Chalon is the new APAC chief for Plantronics

Name: Shibu Paulshibu-paul-array-networks
Designation: VP International Sales 
Company: Array Networks 



Array Networks has announced the elevation of Shibu Paul as vice president of international sales. In his new role, he will be responsible for driving direct and channel sales efforts in key global regions. These include the India, Southeast Asia, Persian Gulf (GCC), and Australia and New Zealand regions for Array's entire product portfolio. 

Shibu Paul appointed VP of International Sales at Array Networks

Name: Amarish Karnikamarish-karnik
Designation: Channel Director, India and SAARC
Company: Veeam



Amarish Karnik is the new channel chief for Veeam in India. Karnik, based out of Mumbai, has joined as the channel director, India and SAARC at Veeam Software. 

Amarish Karnik is India Channel Chief at Veeam

Name: Raja Lakshmipathyraja-lakshmipathy
Designation: Managing Director-India
Company: Genesys



Genesys has appointed Raja Lakshmipathy as the managing director of India charged with leading the company’s expansion in the region. Based in Bangalore, Raja oversees the Genesys India commercial operations and is responsible for business strategy as well as sales activities. 

Genesys appoints Raja Lakshmipathy as its new MD, India

Name: Sunil Saprasunil-sapra
Designation: MD, Southeast Asia and India
Company: Sysdig



Sunil Sapra has joined the cloud-native intelligence company’s operations for the region. He has been appointed as the managing director of Southeast Asia and India at Sysdig in January 2019, confirmed the company’s official statement, exclusively to IDG India. 

Sysdig appoints Sunil Sapra as MD for SE Asia and India

Name: Amarish Karnikamarish-karnik
Designation:  Director - General Business and Partners
Company: Nutanix India


Amarish Karnik has put in his papers at Nutanix. Amarish has been the India channel chief for the enterprise cloud company for over three years. He became the Director - General Business and Partners at Nutanix India in February 2016. 

India Channel Chief Amarish Karnik leaves Nutanix

 January 2019

Name: Sanjay PaiAvaya-Sanjay-Pai
Designation: Regional Sales Director
Company: Avaya



Avaya has announced the appointment of Sanjay Pai, as the Regional Sales Director for the India market. In this role, Sanjay will be reporting to Vishal Agrawal, Managing Director, Avaya, India & SAARC, and will be responsible for leading the north and east markets for Avaya India.

Avaya appoints Sanjay Pai as Regional Sales Leader of India

 November 2018

Name: Thomas KurianThomas Kurian
Designation: CEO
Company: Google Cloud Business



Thomas Kurian, the Indian-American former President of Oracle Product Development will be heading Google's cloud business. The former President of Oracle’s Product Development, Thomas Kurian is a veteran in the space of tech leadership. He has spearheaded a 35,000-person software development team across 32 countries and developed products that generated USD 35 billion in annual revenues including USD 5.5 billion in cloud revenue for Oracle.

Former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian to head Google Cloud Business

Name: Sunil MahaleSunil Mahale
Designation: Vice President, APJ (Asia Pacific and Japan) 
Company: ThoughtSpot



Sunil Mahale joined ThoughtSpot on November 12, 2018, the company confirmed in an official statement provided exclusively to IDG India. Sunil’s title is Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan, according to the statement. Mahale will oversee all business activity in the region, including helping grow ThoughtSpot’s engineering center in Bangalore, India, expanding ThoughtSpot’s ecosystem of systems integrators, VARs, channels resellers, and other partners.

Sunil Mahale appointed APJ Chief at ThoughtSpot

Name: Vineet GehaniVineet Gehani
Designation: Director - Technology and Channels
Company: Xerox

Xerox India has appointed Vineet Gehani as Director of Technology and Channels. Vineet, who joins Xerox from HP, will help the brand drive further growth in the Indian and South Asian markets with an increased focus on expanding Xerox’s technology availability across the channel. He will lead the channel sales team in India and South Asia, helping drive profitability for all Xerox products and services – such as office equipment, production printing equipment, channel managed print services and solutions, consumables and paper – as well as focus on strategic partner development and expanding Xerox’s go-to-market network.

Xerox India appoints Vineet Gehani as Director - Technology and Channels

Name: Sunil BridSunil Brid
Designation: Managing Director, India and SAARC
Company: Infinidat

Sunil Bird has joined Infinidat. He has been appointed as the India chief of enterprise data storage solutions provider Infinidat. He is expected to start driving the business immediately for Infinidat, according to the statement. He will lead Infinidat’s India initiative as Managing Director and he will look after all activities to promote the brand in the country. Tech leader Sunil has been a storage expert in India for over a decade, and has helped several global companies establish their storage business in India.

Sunil Brid appointed India Chief at Infinidat

 October 2018

Name:  Parag KhuranaParag Khurana
Designation: Managing Director, India and SAARC
Company: F5 Networks


Parag was the Managing Director for India and SAARC at F5 Networks for over five years. Prior to joining F5 in April 2013, Parag was the Head - Public Sector at HP India. F5 has confirmed Parag’s exit. Parag Khurana has resigned from F5 to pursue another opportunity. 

India leader Parag Khurana leaves F5