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Jumping Ship: 10 Channel Execs Who Swam To The Competition

Here's a list of 10 channel executives that either jumped ship for the competition or found themselves in the talent-poached pool in the last couple of years.

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1. Meaghan Kelly

Meaghan Kelly left her position as Hewlett-Packard's vice president of channel strategy last June to join SAP, a Germany-based enterprise software company. After four years at HP, three of which she spent as head of the SMB Advisory Council, Kelly moved on to become SAP's vice president of global channel marketing -- where she works with partners to execute marketing that's profitable for both SAP and the vendors. Although HP and SAP aren't necessarily competitors in the enterprise, they certainly compete for talent. A year after her move, Kelly is still the vice president of global channel marketing at SAP.

Alex Rooney, vice president of Vision33, an Irvine, Calif.-based SAP partner said that, although he hasn't directly met Kelly, he has seen some positive changes in SAP's partnership lately. "[There's been] more dedicated resources on the Business One side ... [and] a more dedicated focus in terms of demand generation and product awareness," Rooney said. "I don't know if that's because of her, [but] the timing lines up at about a year ago."

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