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Microsoft shuffles channel management team

Simon Quicke

Microsoft has shuffled its UK channel team bringing in a fresh face to handle partner relationships after Janet Gibbons headed elsewhere in the software giant's operations.

With Gibbons heading to corporate accounts as devices and services lead Linda Rendleman takes up the position as director for partner business and development at Microsoft UK.

Pendleman has been working as director of distribution and scale and takes up the new position at the start of next year and comes with a CV that already includes a fair bit of channel experience.

“Our partner ecosystem is a key asset with tremendous strategic importance to the company. As a 23 year veteran of the IT channel, four of which have been spent managing both breadth and depth partner teams at Microsoft, Linda brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding about partner to this critical role," said Clare Barclay, small mid-market solutions and partner general manager at Microsoft.  

"We are at a pivotal time in the transformation of our business to devices  and services and I look forward to seeing the impact that Linda will drive in helping our channel maximise the opportunity and take our UK partner strategy to the next level," she added.

In response, Rendleman said that she was looking forward to working with the channel and using her "past and current partner experiences across distributors and resellers to help build strategies that will accelerate our joint business".  


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