TMCnet Feature
January 18, 2014

Comings & Goings Week in Review

By Doug Barney, TMCnet Editor at Large

Executives remained on the move this week with a bevy of companies announcing new appointments.

Net Access has a new CEO in the form of Raul Martynek. Martynek replaces Blake Ellman who served as CEO for the last nine years, and co-founded the firm. The company, based out of New Jersey, is in the colocation business. Ellman will lead the technical direction in his new role as CTO.

Often there comes a time when a technically-oriented CEO moves aside for a more business-focused leader, and Ellman is fully behind the move.

“The time was right to bring on someone from the outside and make the transition from a founder run company to an executive with a diverse background in growing technology businesses,” Ellman said.

Martynek was previously CEO of managed hosting concern Voxel (News - Alert).

Cloud contact center outfit inContact has a new CTO. Julian Critchfield is now both CTO and executive VP. Critchfield is no stranger to being a CTO, a role he served with GE Healthcare, where he oversaw over 700 employees.

On the CRM front, Soffront Software  just picked Chris Shugart as marketing manager for Soffront’s SMB CRM.  Soffront focuses on CRM for SMBs, argues its solution lets sales teams spend less time fiddling with their CRM solutions and more time actually selling.

Former Symantec (News - Alert) Enrique Salem has no plans to rest on his laurels, but instead just picked up a new gig on the board of directors for ForeScout Technologies. Salem should know the ForeScout ropes as it, like Symantec, is in the network security business. He is also no stranger to being on boards, having also served that role for FireEye (News - Alert), Netskope, Atlassian, DocuSign and Biba.

“ForeScout's network security platform delivers the visibility, control and interoperability necessary to optimize IT resources and evolve defenses. I look forward to working with ForeScout's board and contributing to the company's success.” He also stated that company and government executives will need to change their security protocols at a rapid rate in order to address security threats presented by increasingly aggressive hackers and compromised BYOD programs,” Salem said.

Secure data services outfit Telx has a new Chief Financial officer (CFO) officer. John Abbot is now both CFO and executive VP. Abbot has had similar jobs at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, and was also previously an investment banker.

Abbot’s predecessor wasn’t exactly pushed aside. To the contrary, former CFO Chris Downie was moved all the way up to CEO. This was due to unfortunate circumstances as previous CEO Eric Shepcaro (News - Alert) passed away this past May.

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