AlienVault Loses Its Worldwide Channel Chief

Less than four months after joining AlienVault, Worldwide Channel Chief Anthony D'Angelo is leaving the unified threat management and threat intelligence vendor, CRN has learned.

D'Angelo's last day at AlienVault will be Friday. He has taken a new role at another company and will start at the beginning of May.

"[AlienVault] has a ton of potential and I have no doubt that they will continue to build out their channel and develop their channel culture. It's terrible timing and I feel bad about that, but it was simply an opportunity I could not pass up," D'Angelo said in an email comment to CRN about the move.

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D'Angelo joined AlienVault in January as the company's first worldwide channel chief, a move he said at the time reinforced the security vendor's commitment to growing its channel reach. In particular, he was brought on board to build more collaboration with the San Mateo, Calif.-based company's approximately 70 channel partners and help accelerate partner recruitment.

Prior to AlienVault he served as vice president of global partner management and emerging technologies at Westcon, Tarrytown, N.Y., but also held a position as vice president of worldwide channel sales at Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, Calif., from 2009 to 2013.

AlienVault has tapped Mike LaPeters, vice president of North American channel sales, to assume the worldwide channel responsibilities, starting immediately, the company said.

’We were recently made aware that Anthony D’Angelo has decided to leave AlienVault, and we wish him well. The channel is a top priority for AlienVault and we have significantly increased our investment in both our channel program and personnel over the last few quarters. We are fortunate to have Mike LaPeters on board … to step in immediately and oversee our worldwide channel program," Justin Endres, senior vice president of worldwide sales at AlienVault, said in an email statement to CRN.

D'Angelo had been brought on board to revamp and accelerate the security vendor's channel strategy and one executive at an AlienVault partner, who did not want to be named, said the company needs to reinvigorate its focus on the channel or risk alienating its partners.

"AlienVault has amazing products. They just need to be more price-aggressive and loyal to the channel," the partner executive said. The executive also said she hoped AlienVault will appoint a "really super channel veteran" to help "get them in the right direction."