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Pax8 Names New Global Services Exec

One of several changes to the cloud distributor’s leadership team, the appointment of John Walters (pictured) to the newly created post signals an increased emphasis on both international expansion and professional services. By Rich Freeman

Pax8 Inc., the value-added cloud distributor, has appointed its first senior vice president of global services.

The new post will be occupied by John Walters, who was formerly the Greenwood Village, Colo.-based vendor’s senior vice president of service delivery. The addition of “global” to his title signals an increased focus on overseas markets by a company that has relied chiefly on North American customers to fuel high-velocity growth. Pax8’s revenue spiked 4,393 percent over the last three years, according to Inc. magazine, which recently named Pax8 the 68th company on its Inc. 5000 list.

“We’re now looking at international expansion,” says Ryan Walsh, Pax8’s chief channel officer.

Walters will also oversee Pax8’s recently introduced professional services program. Aimed at helping channel pros with limited knowledge of environments such as Microsoft Azure launch infrastructure-as-a service practices quickly, the program offers assistance with planning, assessment, design, migration, and customization.

“It’s core to what we’ll continue to do,” says Walsh of professional services. “We think that it’s an opportunity for us to help an MSP who’s trying to broaden their business line.”

Pax8 announced other leadership changes today as well. Susan Mitnick, who was previously vice president of Pax8 University, is now the company’s chief people officer. In her new role, Mitnick will be tasked with optimizing Pax8’s organizational structure for maximum agility amid rapid expansion.

In addition, Brad Fugitt has been named Pax8’s chief information and security officer. A newly-hired addition to the company’s c-suite reporting directly to CEO John Street, Fugitt will direct Pax8’s technology governance and policy.

Among his direct reports will be Craig Donovan, who is now Pax8’s vice president of partner solutions and responsible for ensuring that the company builds features and capabilities requested by MSPs into an expanding lineup of offerings that combine cloud-based services from third-party vendors with associated professional services.

“He’ll serves as a conduit back into the engineering team,” Walsh says. “Any feedback around the platform, he’s going to be in a position to take it and do something with it.”

Last month, Axcient/eFolder made Pax8 the first authorized distributor of its Anchor file sync and share and Cloudfinder data backup solutions.

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