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Tonaquint, Edgio, Blackberry appoint c-level execs to boost edge deployments

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Tonaquint, Edgio, Blackberry appoint c-level execs to boost edge deployments

A handful of companies in the edge ecosystem add experience to their c-suites and boards with a series of year-end appointments.

BlackBerry appoints John Giamatteo as CEO

BlackBerry Limited has hired a new chief executive officer. John J. Giamatteo has also been appointed a member of its board of directors. The company notes that Richard (Dick) Lynch, who has served as interim chief executive officer since November, 2023, will continue as board chair.

The company also announced that it will separate the IoT and cybersecurity businesses to operate as fully standalone divisions. BlackBerry will no longer pursue a subsidiary IPO of the IoT business.

“We are delighted to appoint John to the role of CEO for what will be a transformative period in BlackBerry’s history, as we work to fully separate our two core business units to drive enhanced shareholder value,” says Mike Daniels, chair of the compensation, nomination and governance committee of the BlackBerry board.

Tonaquint Data Centers hires new COO and CTO

Tonaquint Data Centers has appointed Terry Morrison as chief operating officer and chief technology officer. Morrison joins from EdgeX Data Centers, which Tonaquint recently acquired.

In his new role, Morrison will oversee Tonaquint’s national data center operations, engineering, construction, security and vendor management teams and lead Tonaquint’s IT and product development organization.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Terry to our executive team. His deep technical knowledge of data center infrastructure and distinguished career driving data center innovations make him the ideal leader to oversee our national operations,” says Matt Hamlin, CEO of Tonaquint.

Cybersecurity veteran joins Swissbit

Storage, security and embedded IoT solutions provider Swissbit has announced the appointment of Kai Imgenberg as sales director for embedded IoT solutions. The company notes he will lead a team of IoT sales professionals, and will also play a role in expanding Swissbit’s end-to-end embedded IoT security business across the B2B market, covering everything from chip to cloud.

Prior to joining Swissbit, Imgenberg played a role in developing the international business and team for the leading biometrics software products, services, and solutions provider Aware, Inc. in North America.

“Joining Swissbit is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of a company known for its innovation and commitment to security. I am eager to lead the IoT sales team and establish Swissbit as a leading provider of FIDO2 solutions in North America,” says Kai Imgenberg, sales director for embedded IoT solutions at Swissbit.

nLighten Group hires new channel director for Proximity

Jamie Plumridge has joined the nLighten Group as channel director to spearhead the company’s focus on building a ‘Channel First’ go-to-market strategy that will support its growth plans for the UK business.

Plumridge was previously group alliance director at Computacenter. During a career spanning over 25 years, he has worked with many of the UK’s MSPs, VARs and Distributors to support their business growth through strategic partnerships.

“I am delighted to join the nLighten Group and excited by the opportunity to develop a really strong channel business that enhances our unique position in the edge data center market” says Plumridge.

Edgio announces new board of directors

End-to-end edge service provider Edgio, Inc. has reconstituted its board of directors. The five board members include three newly appointed directors: Ken Traub, Frank Verdecanna and Mio Babic. Ken Traub has also been named as chairman of the board.

Traub has over 30 years of experience as a CEO, chairman, director, investor, and consultant in public companies, Verdecanna has more than 29 years of experience working for various technology companies and a public accounting firm, and Babic is recognized as a pioneer in digital media.

“With the guidance of our new board of directors, and enhanced financial flexibility via the transactions with Lynrock, Edgio is well-equipped to strengthen its position as a leading edge-enabled solutions provider,” says Bob Lyons, chief executive officer at Edgio.

“Our new board brings deep capabilities spanning software-as-a-service, cybersecurity/threat intelligence and public company governance. This industry and operational experience brings tremendous value to the company as we continue to navigate our transformation. I want to sincerely thank our departing board members for their contributions to our journey thus far.”

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