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Blue Coat Systems, Inc.

February 23, 2015 09:12 ET

Blue Coat Vice President of North America Channel and Service Providers Recognized as 2015 CRN Channel Chief

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 23, 2015) - Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a market leader in enterprise security, today announced that Jana Whitcomb has been named to the prestigious list of the 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs. The influential executives on this annual list represent the most powerful leaders in the IT channel who hold direct responsibility for driving growth and revenue for their organizations through their indirect channel partners. Whitcomb was also named to CRN's 2014 Women of the Channel List, indicating a strong track record of channel accomplishments and dedication to driving future business innovation and channel growth.

"In the last year, we've been focused on growing Blue Coat's channel and service provider business as the company continues on its aggressive growth path to $1 billion in revenue," said Whitcomb. "Overall, we want to help empower our partners to be successful and grow with Blue Coat," said Whitcomb.

At Blue Coat, Whitcomb is known for providing exemplary leadership, communication and building successful teams. She has been instrumental in crafting Blue Coat's partner strategy, focusing on key partnerships that help solve the complex security problems facing customers today. Since naming Whitcomb as vice president, North America channel, Blue Coat has expanded partnerships with cyber security ecosystem partners to help with incident response and resolution, and announced a channel incentive program focused on new product sales.

"Jana's drive, commitment and leadership are a huge factor in our successful channel growth over the last year," said Marc Andrews, senior vice president of worldwide field operations at Blue Coat Systems. "Helping to make our channel partners successful is why Jana is a true Channel Chief. As Blue Coat continues to execute on its growth agenda, Jana will help make that happen by continuing to build strong relationships with our partners and executing our channel strategy."

The 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs have demonstrated their enduring support for the channel by consistently defending, promoting and executing effective channel partner programs and strategies. "Each year, our editors carefully vet an extensive group of highly accomplished channel executives to highlight those exemplary individuals who earn the mantle of CRN Channel Chief. These executives strive to advance the success and standing of the channel community within their organizations. The 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs lead by example and serve as valuable advocates to help ensure the health and longevity of the IT channel. We applaud their accomplishments and look forward to their continued success," said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. 

The 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February 2015 issue of CRN, and online.

About Blue Coat Systems
Blue Coat is a leader in enterprise security, providing on-premise, hybrid and cloud-based solutions for protecting web connectivity, combating advanced threats and responding to security breaches. Blue Coat is the global market leader in securing connection to the web and counts nearly 80 percent of the Global Fortune 500 as its customers. For additional information, please visit

About The Channel Company
The Channel Company, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED and SharedVue, is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation, For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at

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