Juniper Americas Channel VP Exits For Acronis


Blaine Raddon, most recently vice president of Americas partner sales at Juniper Networks, has left Juniper to take a position at data backup and recovery specialist Acronis, CRN has learned.

Reached by CRN, a representative from Acronis confirmed Raddon's hire and that his title is general manager, Americas. Acronis expects to make a formal announcement later this month, and Raddon started at the company last week.

Raddon has been a fixture in the Juniper channel for nearly six years, and was promoted to vice president, U.S. channel sales in March 2008 following a highly regarded stint as director of channel operations for Juniper's Western region.

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Before Juniper, Raddon spent 19 years at IBM, with a one-year break from 2000 to 2001 spent as vice president of sales and marketing for AppsMall, according to Raddon's LinkedIn profile. He joined Juniper in February 2007, about a year after Frank Vitagliano -- a fellow Big Blue alumnus -- joined Juniper as senior vice president, worldwide channels.

Raddon's move is one of several recent executive additions to Acronis, which late last year confirmed Alex Pinchev, former president of global sales, services and field marketing at Red Hat, as its new president and CEO.

Reached by CRN, Juniper confirmed Raddon's departure and said that David Bankemper, most recently director, channel sales, has been promoted to fill Raddon's role. Bankemper's title is vice president, Americas partner sales and he reports to Vitagliano.

Bankemper is also a former IBM-er, having been a channel sales executive there from 1989 to 2005. He held channel executive roles at Lenovo from 2005 to 2008 before joining Juniper in March 2008, according to his LinkedIn profile.