Sources: EMC Close To Naming New Americas Channel Chief

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Iventosch, who is moving to Seattle, told CRN he'll be looking to work with some of the "young technology companies" in that city.

Rumors that EMC might delay or cancel planned channel meetings as a result of Iventosch's departure appear to be unfounded.

The EMC spokesperson said EMC still plans to go ahead with both its North America Partner Advisory Board meeting, scheduled for early April, and its Global Partner Summit, scheduled to be held in May along with EMC World.

Kent MacDonald, vice president of converged infrastructure and network services for Long View Systems, a Calgary, Alberta-based solution provider and EMC partner, said he received his EMC Global Partner Summit invitation in December, and has heard nothing about changes to the schedule.

MacDonald said he is a big fan of Iventosch. "I really appreciate Leonard's efforts in bringing a warm embrace to the channel," he said. "I give Leonard's support of the channel a lot of credit."

Keith Norbie, director of server, virtualization and storage for the Eastern U.S. at Technology Integration Group (TIG), a San Diego-based solution provider and EMC partner, said he wouldn't have been surprised if EMC had changed its partner conference dates after Iventosch left.

"If you don't have your channel chief in place, what's there to present on?" Norbie said. "Leonard made a lot of changes to the partner conference with new executive tracks. But the last couple of years saw EMC merge its partner meetings with the EMC World conference. So there's nothing Earth-shattering here. EMC will be at EMC World, and will have partner tracks."

EMC has a great channel program, and changing the meetings would present no issues, Norbie said.

"I can applaud EMC for maybe putting some things on hold if needed," he said. "Unless there's something to report, there's no reason to put out an update on a non-update."

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