SOURCE: Westcon Group, Inc.

Westcon Group, Inc.

February 26, 2010 12:39 ET

Anthony Daley and Steve Bernard of Westcon Group Recognized as 2010 Channel Chiefs by Everything Channel's CRN

Westcon Group Credited as Helping Resellers Grow Wallet Share With Innovative Programs, Despite Challenging Economy

TARRYTOWN, NY--(Marketwire - February 26, 2010) -  Westcon Group, Inc., the leading specialty distributor in networking, convergence, security and mobility, announced that Anthony Daley, executive vice president, the Americas, Westcon Group, and Steven Bernard, vice president and general manager, Westcon Convergence, have both been named 2010 Channel Chiefs by the Everything Channel's CRN. Channel Chiefs are leaders in creating effective channel programs for solution providers. They consistently defend, promote and execute effective channel partner programs and strategies. 

Steve Bernard was chosen as a Channel Chief for playing a proactive role in the channel and by leading Westcon Convergence to deliver expert guidance and comprehensive training both during and following Avaya's acquisition of Nortel. Westcon Convergence's Boot Camp trainings, which began last December, along with its RapidRamp initiative launched this month, are examples of these innovative reseller offerings.

Anthony Daley was recognized for his contribution in helping resellers increase their wallet share during difficult economic times and also for partnering closely with vendors like Avaya, Cisco, Microsoft, Check Point, Polycom, Juniper, Trend Micro, RSA, F5, Blue Coat and others to help customers identify and embrace innovative solutions in areas like unified communications, security, virtualization and cloud computing.

For the eighth consecutive year the Channel Chiefs were chosen based by Everything Channel editorial on criteria including policy and program innovations made during the past year, the amount of revenue their company generates through partners, their willingness to speak out publicly on behalf of the channel, and the number of years they have dedicated to channel activities. 

Anthony Daley commented: "We are committed to helping our customers identify and deliver technology solutions that will keep them competitive well into the next decade -- particularly in areas like unified communications, IT security and the Data Center. Our unique experience as a global distributor of both Avaya and legacy Nortel solutions has enabled us to build onboarding and training programs that remain unrivalled in the channel. We also continue to explore innovative initiatives in areas such as cloud computing and virtualization and are in the process of deploying a virtual demo center lab in conjunction with F5."

"Being named a Channel Chief is one of the most prestigious honors in the IT industry. This year's Channel Chiefs offers tremendous insight into the who's who of the Channel," said Kelley Damore, VP, Editorial Director, Everything Channel. "Top channel executives consistently ensure that the Channel's voice is heard when strategic decisions are being made and continually nurture mutually profitable relationships. We applaud the 2010 Channel Chiefs for their successful partner programs and strategies."

For additional information on the CRN Channel Chief list, visit www.channelweb.com. The Channel Chief list was published in the February 22, 2010 issue.

About Westcon Group
Westcon Group, Inc. is the leading specialty distributor in networking, security, mobility and convergence for leading technology vendors, including Cisco, Avaya and Polycom. Through its Comstor, Westcon Convergence, and Westcon Security business practices, Westcon Group sells products and services to resellers, systems integrators and service providers. Westcon Group has particular expertise in the convergence of voice, data and video applications and technologies, including voice-over Internet protocol, or VoIP, security for networking and communications systems, remote access, Internet and e-business, virtual private networks, videoconferencing and wireless connectivity. For more information, visit www.westcongroup.com.

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