AVANT Appoints Chief Cloud Officer

AVANT, the master agent and technology distributor, has hired Ron Hayman as its chief cloud officer (CCO).

Hayman will oversee the company’s cloud strategy,including distribution via channel partners.

Hayman has more than 15 years of experience in IT leadership with organizations such as the U.S. Navy, Headhunter.net, CareerBuilder.com and Liaison Technologies. Hayman’s past professional achievements include: deploying over 20 data centers across the globe including London, Amsterdam, Singapore and Bangalore; leading major security and compliance initiatives for Service Organization Control (SOC), Payment Card Industry (PCI) and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX); and leading network, colocation, contact center and cloud deployments. He holds over 15 certifications, including VMware VSP – CP & VCA – DCV & VOP – CP 2015, CISCO DCUCI v5.0 Data center Unified Computing, 2014, (ISC)2 CISSP, 2013, CompTIA Security +, and more.

“Our investment into the channel’s first chief cloud officer sets the tone for the explosive opportunity that sits in front of us,” said Ian Kieninger, CEO at AVANT. “Ron’s addition to the company is in line with our goal to further define this space and be the market leader in our industry.  Ron will help transform AVANT into a true technology company, enabling our partners with the most powerful tools and talent to ensure their success.”

One of Hayman’s first objectives will be launching AVANT’s security practice, bringing the best subscription-based security services to its partners. In addition to building upon AVANT’s technology innovation objectives, Hayman will also lead and manage its engineering team with the goal of strengthening the company’s overall sales enablement strategy and world class support for its partners.

“I’m thrilled to work for a company that has been called the ‘Uber of distribution’. AVANT is transforming sales enablement and I’m excited to be a part of the family,” Hayman said. “As a former buyer of cloud, colocation, and connectivity I immediately recognized the value that AVANT brings to the industry and its customers.”

“In order to be the best enablement company on earth we have to be the best technology company on earth,” added AVANT President Drew Lydecker, “and I think we’ve made that leap.”