Seven executives honored for their commitment to accelerating the
success of the IT channel in the U.S.
Inc. (NYSE: AVT),
a leading global technology distributor, today announced that CRN®,
a brand of The
Channel Company, named seven of Avnet’s U.S.-based executives to its
prestigious 2016 Women of the Channel list. The women executives who
comprise this annual list span the IT channel, representing vendors,
distributors, solution providers and other organizations that figure
prominently in the channel ecosystem. Each is recognized for her
outstanding leadership, vision and unique role in driving channel growth
and innovation. CRN editors select the Women of the Channel
honorees on the basis of their professional accomplishments,
demonstrated expertise and ongoing dedication to the IT channel.
CRN also selected Christy Anderson, vice president of strategic
sales for Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, as a Power 100 Woman of
the Channel. An elite subset of the Women of the Channel list, the Power
100 designation is awarded to an exclusive group of channel influencers
drawn from the larger pool of CRN’s 2016 Women of the Channel:
the most powerful women leaders across IT channel organizations whose
expertise and vision have positioned their companies for success.
Anderson was honored for driving priorities to enhance the effectiveness
of Avnet’s sales team that interfaces with its channel partners,
including fostering a more partner-focused structure, implementing
strategies that address constructive partner feedback around
responsiveness and quote turn times, and championing the utilization of
toolsets that add value for partners and suppliers.
Additional Avnet executives recognized as CRN Women of the
Trisha Cooke, vice president, supplier technology
solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas – Cooke worked with
various supplier groups within Avnet to bring a multitude of technical
specialists together into a single organization. This team of highly
skilled, pre-sales technical specialists, holding 500+ certifications,
assists in identifying, scoping and closing opportunities in support
of sales growth for Avnet’s channel partners. They make it easier for
partners to access resources that aid in the sale of complete
solutions, allowing Avnet partners’ sales teams to accelerate their
Julie Jones, vice president, supplier marketing, Avnet
Technology Solutions, Americas – Jones was selected for playing a
critical role in establishing one centralized, collaborative marketing
organization for Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas that includes
supplier marketing, demand generation, Avnet solutions, events and
communications. She successfully built a consolidated supplier
marketing organization, enabling accelerated growth in solutions
across more than 20 suppliers.
Sue Kotnik, vice president, business management, Avnet
Technology Solutions, Americas – Kotnik enhances the partner
experience for Avnet’s global services business. She and her team
implemented key business processes, dashboards and common toolsets to
make it easier and faster to respond to partner needs.
Dee Dee Lear, senior vice president, emerging channels,
Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas – Lear increased Avnet’s
strategic synergies and built multi-directional partnerships with new
routes to market. In Latin America and the Caribbean, she drove the
strategic direction and general management of the region, as well as
designed and led strategic and business transformation to take
advantage of rapid market movement around next-generation
technologies, while also driving growth initiatives through portfolio
and geographic expansion.
Cheryl Neal, vice president, data, networking and security,
Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas – Neal worked closely with Avnet
suppliers to co-develop and launch multiple channel programs that
support Avnet partners’ growth and expansion into new markets. One of
the most successful programs she launched enables targeted partners to
build enhanced networking practices and increase their sales
opportunities. The offering includes a continuous focus and commitment
by the partner to increase competency and knowledge of the products
Jennifer Ruth, vice president, customer operations, Avnet
Technology Solutions, Americas – Ruth was recognized for improving
operational engagement between Avnet, its partners and its suppliers
via a partnership-and-collaboration approach. Her team also led
Customer Operations Councils to identify and drive large-scale process
enhancements across Avnet’s ecosystem.
“Christy, Trisha, Julie, Sue, Dee Dee, Cheryl and Jennifer exemplify our
dedication and commitment to working closely with our partners and
suppliers to profitably grow their businesses,” said Jeff Bawol,
president, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. “Each of these
professionals helped our channel community capitalize on high-growth
opportunities and navigate the rapidly evolving technology market. Their
well-deserved recognition by CRN highlights not only their
individual accomplishments, but the positive impact they’ve had in
positioning Avnet, our partners and our suppliers for long-term success.”
“These executives have made a lasting mark on our industry – growing and
elevating partner programs, leading transitions to new business models
and introducing cutting-edge go-to-market strategies, among other
remarkable achievements,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company.
“We congratulate all the 2016 Women of the Channel and celebrate their
singular contributions to the advancement of the channel ecosystem.”
The 2016 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN
Magazine and online at www.CRN.com/wotc2016.
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About Avnet, Inc.
From components to cloud and design to disposal, Avnet,
Inc. (NYSE: AVT)
accelerates the success of customers who build, sell and use technology
globally by providing them with a comprehensive portfolio of innovative
products, services and solutions. Avnet is a Fortune 500 company with
revenues of $27.9 billion for the fiscal year 2015. For more
information, visit www.avnet.com.