7. Barry Davis
After working in the channel at ArcSight before and after its 2010 Hewlett-Packard acquisition and then more recently as the vice president of business development at Egnyte, a cloud infrastructure specialist, Davis moved to the corporate hardware proxy distributor Blue Coat Systems in November as its vice president of channel sales in the Americas. Previously Davis spent 10 years as the vice president of business development at Citrix, where he started and led the company's strategic alliance and partner program and held a similar title at ArcSight. At Blue Coat Systems, Davis reports to the Vice President of Field Operations Eric Cross and is working in the company's specialties of Web security and WAN optimization. While they're not main competitors, all of Davis' past companies go head-to-head with Blue Coat over customers and top talent in various areas: HP's ArcSight competes as an alternate security intelligence platform, Citrix competes in the virtualization market and Egnyte competes in the cloud server arena.