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"But today’s announcement says nothing about his channel experience or his feeling towards resellers," Chernick said. "That’s kind of my concern. I want to know his reseller take on things. I suppose it will come out in the next few days. He comes from a big, successful company. He has big shoes to fill. Let’s hope he’s the right guy."
Chernick said he would have preferred to see someone who is known as a channel-friendly executive take the top position at HP.
"I’m sure he’s a great guy and I’m sure he’s got some great skills, but I don’t know him," he said. "I want to say I’m not disappointed, but I had my pick. I was leaning towards Mr. Bradley. He’s the guy that seemed to have the best feel about the channel."
Chernick was not the only solution provider hoping that Bradley would get the nod.
"We were hoping it would be Todd Bradley, who's very channel knowledgeable," said Romi Randhawa, CEO of HPM Networks, a Fremont, Calif.-based solution provider. "I hope they do whatever it takes to keep Mr. Bradley in the organization, because he's embracing the SMB-led channel growth."
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