Pritchard In, Douglas Out at Unify
Atos turns to Jon Pritchard, armed with channel experience, to lead the next phase of Unify's future.
The changes at Unify, as of a month ago officially the Atos business for communications and collaboration software and services, have hit the executive suite -- with Jon Pritchard moving from his role as channel chieftain to top honcho.
News of Pritchard's appointment as Unify CEO comes in a press announcement released this afternoon. In this role, the company stated, Pritchard will oversee Unify's strategy, business direction, and global execution. Pritchard will also sit on the Atos Executive Committee.
Pritchard, who had been executive vice president of worldwide channels at Unify and is credited with revamping the company's channel organization, recently told No Jitter contributor Sheila McGee-Smith that the Unify business "has a clear remit from Atos." Its No. 1 job, he said, is to "protect the business we have" (read the full coverage, included details on the company's restructuring under Atos, in "Atos + Unify: the Next Wave in Market Restructuring?").
At the time of this earlier restructuring announcement, Atos had indicated that the Unify platform, software, maintenance, and installation operations would fall under a newly established business unit with its own CEO and channel sales efforts.
With his channel experience, not only at Unify but in previous positions as well, Pritchard seems a logical choice. Prior to joining Unify, Pritchard had been president of Comstor Worldwide, a $2.5 billion channel IT business operating across 40 countries, Atos said. There he handled global operations of Westcon's Cisco dedicated business practice.
Dean Douglas, who became Unify CEO in late 2013, has stepped down "to pursue other opportunities," a company spokeswoman said. Specifically, he is now president of sales and marketing at CenturyLink., where former Unify CMO Bill Hurley has landed as well, in the top marketing position there, too.
Editor's note: This blog has been updated since initial posting.
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