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Qlik Channel Exec Cunningham Exits To Take New Post At Splunk

Cunningham will manage worldwide partner programs and operations at Splunk, CRN has learned.

Channel marketing executive Brooke Cunningham is leaving her job at business intelligence software vendor Qlik to take a partner program management post at Splunk, a fast-growing developer of big data analysis software, CRN has learned.

Cunningham's departure comes just a week before Qlik Qonnections 2016, Qlik's annual partner and customer conference in Orlando, Fla.

Cunningham's departure from Qlik and her hiring by Splunk were confirmed by spokespeople at each company. Cunningham could not be reached for comment before publication time.

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Cunningham is joining Splunk as area vice president of worldwide partner programs and operations, a Splunk spokesperson confirmed. An outside source said she is scheduled to start work at San Francisco-based Splunk next week, when the company is expected to officially announce her appointment.

"Brooke's experience across the partner ecosystem and her proven ability to drive high-growth partner programs and strategies makes her a natural fit to continue the expansion of the Splunk Partner+ Program," said Dave Schwartz, area vice president of global strategic alliances at Splunk, in a statement provided to CRN.

Cunningham has been at Qlik, based in Radnor, Pa., for four and a half years. She began working at the company in October 2011 as senior director of global partner marketing and was promoted to vice president of global partner marketing in August 2014.

Before joining Qlik, Cunningham held channel marketing posts at CA Technologies, SAP and Business Objects.

Chris Moore, Qlik's vice president of channels -- Americas, oversees the company's channel operations in the Americas. He joined Qlik in October after working as senior director of North America channels at Veeam Software for more than four years.

Christof Majer is vice president of global partner sales at Qlik, a post he has held for three years.

In March, Reuters reported that Qlik had begun exploring strategic alternatives, including a possible sale of the company, after coming under pressure from activist investor Elliott Management Corp. In early March, Elliott Management disclosed that it had acquired an 8.8 percent stake in the company.

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