Nollette quits Egnyte for Violin Memory

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Egnyte’s VP of channels, Jeff Nollette, has quit the enterprise file sharing vendor after seven months for flash storage vendor Violin Memory (NYSE: VMEM).

Egnyte brought in the former EMC executive in April this year to grow its indirect business.

Violin has hired Nollette as its worldwide VP of channel sales, reporting to Tom Mitchell, SVP of global field operations at the vendor.

The vendor had only appointed Andrew Perry to the same role in June of this year, and there's no word from Violin as yet to where the exec has gone.

Violin says Nollette will continue to expand its channel programme with a focus on ramping up distribution through global System Integrators. He is also tasked with driving awareness of the Violin Global Partner Programme.

“Jeff’s combination of enterprise storage industry acumen and channel expertise is invaluable, and he is a welcomed asset to the team,” comments Mitchell. “The insight he will provide to strengthen our channel programmes and expand global distribution strategies will be instrumental in driving key alliances and increasing revenue opportunities for our channel partners.”

“Violin is at the forefront of the flash technology revolution, and extremely well positioned to drive the move to an all-flash datacentre,” says Nollette. “The combination of best-in-class performance, enterprise data services supporting all-flash arrays and the competitive pricing, compared to disk, make Violin the industry leader in this exciting new area of storage evolution. Our channel partners will make a lot of customers happy – and a lot of money – as we grow our respective businesses together.”

Prior to Egnyte, Nolette spent five years at EMC managing the National Partner Programme as senior director of channel sales. Jeff was also an executive with NetApp for 10 years where his duties included programme and business development as the senior director of Global Systems Integrators. He holds a BS and an MBA from San Jose State University.

There was no word from Egnyte as Channel Pro went to press as to who would be replacing Nolette.


According to Violin, Andrew Perry has moved to “a non-competitive, very early stage start-up running all sales.”

Christine Horton

Christine has been a tech journalist for over 20 years, 10 of which she spent exclusively covering the IT Channel. From 2006-2009 she worked as the editor of Channel Business, before moving on to ChannelPro where she was editor and, latterly, senior editor.

Since 2016, she has been a freelance writer, editor, and copywriter and continues to cover the channel in addition to broader IT themes. Additionally, she provides media training explaining what the channel is and why it’s important to businesses.