Oracle Shakes Up Channel Execs

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Oracle loses its channel chief and names a new one just two months after its North American channel chief resigned. 

Oracle's got a new channel chief, completing a stealthy shake up in the company's executive channel ranks that began a little over two months ago.

The company confirmed that Judson Althoff will now take the reins of the Oracle's channel organization, as senior vice president of worldwide alliances and channels.  Althoff most recently served as vice president of global platform and distribution sales and as the head of Oracle's Technology Channel Program Office. In that role he headed up the company's Remarketer program.

Oracle confirmed that Doug Kennedy, Althoff's predecessor in the channel chief role, has left the company. Oracle provided no information about the 16-year Oracle veteran's future plans, but reports say that Kennedy is headed to Microsoft where he will play a top role in the applications group.

For more about Oracle's evolving relationship with the channel, click here.

Oracle's shake-up in the top channel post came just a little over two months after Rauline Ochs, Oracle's North American channel chief left the company in January 2008 to go work as a sales executive for an Oracle customer, an insurance agency. Ochs had been widely credited with making Oracle, considered channel-unfriendly, into a company that is now considered more supportive of the channel.

But whether that new channel friendliness will remain intact now that the company's top two channel executives have made their exits remains to be seen.

When she left Oracle in January, Ochs gave no indication that there was trouble in the company's channel organization. Ochs told Channel Insider that the channel team remaining at Oracle was solid and that the programs she and Kennedy put in place were there to stay.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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