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SD-Wan specialist Aryaka names global channels head

SD-WAN provider Aryaka has appointed Olen Scott as senior vice president of worldwide channels. In his new role he will lead Aryaka’s global partner programme as the company continues to expand its market footprint globally in 2019.

With more than 20 years of experience in direct and indirect sales for managed IT service and networking organisations, he has a “proven track record of delivering impressive revenue gains, profit growth and market share increases through his strategic sales leadership”, said US-headquartered Aryaka.

He will be focused on further scaling the channel organisation, enhancing the structure of the Aryaka global partner programme, improving partner enablement and overseeing recruitment, the company said. “Olen will play a critical role in growing the global channel programme, and we’re thrilled to have his extensive experience in the managed services and communications industries added to our robust leadership team,” said Karen Freitag, chief revenue officer..

“Our focus on the channel has been steadfast, and partners have played an essential role in establishing the company as a managed SD-WAN leader. We look forward to furthering our efforts in the channel with Olen’s vision and leadership, while continuing to meet the demands of our strategic and valued partners.”

Most recently, Scott held the position of senior vice president, sales and business development at Purple Communications, where he led the growth of the sales organisation and oversaw its go-to-market strategy. Prior to his role at Purple, he served as senior vice president of Windstream Communication’s $900m indirect channel business, and held a similar position at EarthLink for two years before the company was eventually acquired by Windstream.

“Aryaka is a true leader in the managed SD-WAN space, and it’s technology is a game-changer for the channel community, which is why I’m excited to be joining in the organisation’s evolution,” Scott said. “The company’s channel partners have played an essential role in the success of Aryaka, so my focus will be on expanding and improving its existing programme globally, while ensuring the channel organisation is aligned with company-wide priorities in 2019 and beyond.”

It says it currently has over 800 enterprise customers globally with an integrated offering combines a purpose-built secure private network, optimisation and acceleration techniques, connectivity to cloud platforms, and network visibility via a single fully managed solution.