1. Marc Dupaquier
IBM's popular channel chief, Marc Dupaquier, departed in June after 33 years with the Armonk, N.Y.-based technology giant, including the last four leading Big Blue's vast ecosystem of global channel partners and distributors.
Dupaquier said he is retiring as IBM's general manager of global business partners to work with startups, in what he'll only describe as a "different kind of IT project" that's a "passion" he's been working on pro bono in recent months.
Dupaquier's biggest achievement as IBM channel chief was pulling together the disparate channel initiatives and programs scattered across IBM's hardware, software and service product groups under the IBM PartnerWorld umbrella, said Mark Wyllie, CEO of Flagship Solutions Group, a Boca Raton, Fla.-based solution provider and IBM channel partner.
IBM veteran John Teltsch will replace Dupaquier.