D-Link Bolsters Executive Ranks, Promotes Tidd


D-Link promoted channel chief Nick Tidd to the role of president for D-Link North America, one of several executive moves the networking vendor revealed Monday.

Tidd's most recent title incorporated a dual role: vice president of sales for D-Link Pan America and vice president of marketing for D-Link North America. He arrived at D-Link in May 2009 after a long stint as channel chief at 3Com, charged with remaking D-Link's channel program with an eye toward better partner profitability and helping VARs market toward solution sets, not specific products.

"Nick's leadership, vision and exceptional business acumen gained from more than 23 years of experience in IT and networking will now be available to the entire North American region," said Tony Tsao, president and CEO of D-Link, in a statement. "We are confident in his ability to leverage diverse corporate resources into a streamlined operation that is focused on profitability, strengthening its operational structure, and building solutions finely tuned to customer needs."

In his new role, Tidd will oversee D-Link's entire North American operation and look to drive increased midmarket enterprise, SMB and SOHO sales of D-Link products throughout the region. Tidd was recently named one of Everything Channel's Top 25 Channel Mavericks of 2009.

D-Link unveiled a number of other executive changes as well. Michael Fox will be the company's new channel chief with the title of vice president of U.S. solutions channel sales, where he'll oversee D-Link's forthcoming Channel Partner Program and also drive D-Link's efforts to expand into federal government accounts.

Elsewhere, Patrick Piwowarczyk was named vice president of U.S. enterprise sales, Michael Walsh was named vice president of information technology for North America, Phyllis McCullagh was named vice president of sales operations, and Mark Ciprietti was named vice president and general manager of business solutions sales for D-Link Canada.