SOURCE: Avocent


March 02, 2009 06:00 ET

Avocent Channel Executives Recognized by CRN as Industry Leaders

HUNTSVILLE, AL--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) - Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT), a global leader in IT operations management, today announced that both Dudley DeVore, Senior Vice President of Global Branded Markets and Mike Hall, Vice President of Global Sales have been named to CRN's list of top Channel Chiefs in 2009. The distinction from Everything Channel's CRN places both Hall and DeVore among the top 44 Networking and Unified Communications Market Executives in the country.

CRN's annual Channel Chiefs awards name the year's top movers and shakers, spotlighting those executives who consistently innovate, promote and execute successful channel partner programs and strategies.

"Effective channel executives consistently ensure that the Channel's voice is heard when strategic decisions are being made and continually nurture mutually profitable relationships," said Robert C. DeMarzo, SVP/Editorial Director, Everything Channel. "This year's Channel Chiefs are strong channel advocates and we applaud them for their successful partner programs and strategies."

Under the direction of DeVore and Hall, Avocent grew channel sales in 2008, developing fresh partner incentive programs, channel tools and business and technical training resources, helping its partners to grow their businesses well into 2009 and beyond.

"The strength of leadership and determination displayed by Mike Hall and Dudley DeVore, along with their respective teams, offers our partners real business value," said Mike Borman, Chief Executive Officer for Avocent Corporation. "Avocent is bolstered by both executives' continuing commitment to build strong channel networks through the ongoing development of innovative tools and programs that drive our partners' growth and success."

Now in its seventh consecutive year, the CRN Channel Chiefs list recognizes distinguished candidates who have successfully demonstrated strength and innovation in policies and programs implemented over the previous year. Additional criterion include the success of those programs, the revenue generated through channel partners, the willingness of those partners to speak publicly on behalf of the channel, and the number of years each candidate has dedicated to their channel activities.

"Being named a Channel Chief is a great honor -- an honor we share with our teams," said DeVore and Hall in a joint statement. "This award speaks to the strength of our partners who are the key component in Avocent's successful delivery of its solutions."

For additional information on the CRN 2009 Channel Chief list, please visit:

About Avocent Corporation

Avocent delivers IT operations management solutions that reduce operating costs, simplify management and increase the availability of critical IT environments 24/7 via integrated, centralized software. Additional information is available: at

About CRN

CRN provides solution providers and technology integrators with the crucial information and analysis they need to drive their company's sales. As an advocate for and voice of the IT channel, solution providers turn to CRN first for immediate information. With nearly 30 years of experience, CRN is the most trusted source for channel professionals. CRN can be found on the web at:

About Everything Channel (,

Everything Channel is the one-stop shop for accessing, enabling, managing and accelerating technology sales channels. From branding and recruiting to marketing and sales, Everything Channel offers technology marketers the unmatched breadth and depth of global brands and market intelligence combined with unparalleled audience loyalty and credibility serving all technology sales channels through an extensive database. Everything Channel provides innovative sales and marketing solutions to arm the sellers of technology with the resources they need to achieve measurable and significant results.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements as defined within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made, including the risks associated with the closing of the transactions and the acquisition and subsequent integration of risks associated with general economic conditions, risks attributable to future product demand, sales, and expenses, risks associated with acquisitions and acquisition integration, risks associated with product design efforts and the introduction of new products and technologies, and risks associated with obtaining and protecting intellectual property rights. Other factors that could cause operating and financial results to differ are described in our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 21, 2008. Other risks may be detailed from time to time in reports to be filed with the SEC. Avocent does not undertake any obligation to publicly update its forward-looking statements based on events or circumstances after the date hereof.

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