SOURCE: Compellent Technologies, Inc.

Compellent Technologies, Inc.

February 26, 2009 11:30 ET

Brian Bell, Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Compellent, Recognized as a Channel Chief by Everything Channel's CRN

Compellent Executive Selected for Successful Implementation of All-Channel Sales Model and Commitment to Business Partner Relationships

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN--(Marketwire - February 26, 2009) - Compellent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE Arca: CML) today announced its Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Brian Bell, has been named a 2009 Channel Chief by the Everything Channel's CRN. CRN Channel Chiefs are recognized as influential executives who consistently defend, promote and execute effective channel partner programs and strategies.

Since joining the Compellent team in 2004, Bell has led the company's Elevate Partner program, which is a 100 percent channel sales model. Bell has also spearheaded numerous aggressive investments in Compellent's channel partner relationships, including the C-Drive Business Partner Summit, scheduled this year for May 3-5, 2009, an annual gathering of value-added resellers (VARs), storage industry observers, and members of Compellent's team. The Business Partner Summit brings together Compellent's reseller community to discuss sales strategies, undergo training, and provide feedback on Compellent's SAN products and its channel program.

"CRN is one of the most respected resources for the channel community, and having Brian recognized as a Channel Chief is a great honor. This achievement validates our decision to sell exclusively through a global network of solutions providers, and is a direct result of the relationships we've built with our channel partners to provide storage products that benefit both end-users and VARs," said Phil Soran, president and CEO, Compellent. "Compellent has always been passionately dedicated to the channel through ongoing collaboration, training initiatives and commitment to growth, and we're proud to have Brian recognized as a Channel Chief."

This is the seventh consecutive year CRN has developed the Channel Chief list. Top Channel Chiefs were chosen based 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.

"Effective channel executives consistently ensure 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."

For additional information on the CRN Channel Chief list, please visit The Channel Chief list was published in the February 23, 2009 issue.

About Compellent

Compellent is a leading provider of enterprise-class network storage solutions that are highly scalable, feature rich, and designed to be easy to use and cost effective. Compellent Technologies' principal offices are located in Eden Prairie, Minn. For more information, please visit:

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