SOURCE: Sophos


February 25, 2014 09:00 ET

Key Sophos Sales Executives Recognized as 2014 'Channel Chiefs' by CRN

Mike Valentine and Kendra Krause Join Impressive List of Difference Makers in the IT Channel

OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Feb 25, 2014) - Sophos today announced that two of its Sales leaders were named Channel Chiefs by CRN for 2014. Michael Valentine, senior vice president, worldwide sales, and Kendra Krause, vice president of channel sales, North America, headline the list of executives. Both Valentine and Krause are multiple winners of CRN's top recognition.

CRN produces its Channel Chief list of the most powerful leaders in the IT channel, recognizing those executives directly responsible for driving channel sales and growth within their organization, while evangelizing the importance of the channel throughout the entire IT Industry.

Valentine said, "It's an honor to once again be named a Channel Chief by CRN. At Sophos, our focus is to make security simple in every way, measured by making our products easy to deploy and use, and making every partner and customer interaction productive. This recognition from CRN along with continued positive feedback from our channel confirms the progress we're making."

A "channel-first" organization, Sophos enables partners to sell, market, distribute and implement its award-winning cloud, network, server and enduser protection solutions to organizations of all sizes. The company recently announced a new partner program for North America which includes, a simplified deal registration and discount structure, full access to the Sophos product and solution portfolio, sales and marketing tools, training and technical enablement, and significant investments in local channel sales and SE resources. Sophos also recently announced a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro, the world's largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in IT supply-chain and mobile device lifecycle services.

Krause said, "Under Mike's leadership, Sophos is making a real difference in the channel, and not just in North America. Our new simplified partner program exemplifies our commitment to a preferred vendor of choice in security. The CRN Channel Chief inclusion is just great; I'm thrilled with the recognition that comes from hard work and a great team."

For more information on the Sophos Partner Program, visit the Sophos website or to learn more about becoming a Sophos partner. The 2014 Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February/March issue of CRN, and online at

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About Sophos
More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos' complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos' award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs -- a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK. More information is available at

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