SOURCE: Sophos

August 15, 2014 08:00 ET

Sophos' Mike Valentine Named to 2014 CRN Top 100 List

Annual List Recognizes Leaders Among Channel-Friendly North American Tech Businesses

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Aug 15, 2014) - Sophos today announced that Mike Valentine has been named a 2014 Top 25 Sales Leader, part of the prestigious 2014 CRN Top 100 list. CRN's annual Top 100 list salutes the key players who continue to shape the way the channel does business. These 100 leaders, hand-picked by the CRN Editorial staff, represent the top influencers, sales leaders, innovators and disruptors in the IT channel.

The CRN Top 100 list is based on feedback gathered from technology solution providers throughout the year by CRN editors with rankings reflecting each company's channel influence, effectiveness and visibility, along with its business and sales impact on the IT channel. Among the criteria considered are channel sales volume, channel investment and resources, channel advocacy, and performance in research projects conducted by The Channel Company's CRN Intelligence research arm, including its Annual Report Card and Channel Champions reports.

Sophos is dedicated to the channel, as evidenced by the company's channel-first reseller strategy. We assist our partners in identifying opportunities to retain and grow their customer base and increase profits. In an increasingly complex security environment, we work with partners to make security simple to deliver, implement and manage. Our Partner Program provides partners with protection for deal registrations, attractive margins and joint lead generation initiatives. We also provide up-to-date certification, to ensure partner sales and technical teams are fully trained across our latest solutions.

"It's an honor to be named one of the top sales leaders and it's a testament to the strength of our Partner Program," said Mike Valentine, senior vice president, worldwide sales, Sophos. "At Sophos, 100 percent of our focus is on the channel and our mission is to help our partners grow their business. We offer partners the most complete IT security value proposition -- proven and award-winning security solutions that are simple to use, combined with the industry's most powerful channel program."

"The CRN Top 100 list is the 'Who's Who' of the IT channel," said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. "Each individual on this list has left an indelible stamp on the IT channel this year. Some are industry veterans with innovative leadership styles. Others are rising stars who have demonstrated a deep commitment to the channel. All deserve recognition for helping push the channel forward toward new market opportunities."

The CRN Top 100 honorees will be featured in the August issue of CRN and is available online at www.crn.com.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED, and SharedVue. 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 www.thechannelcompany.com.

About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing security and data protection solutions that are simple to manage, deploy and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, and network access control solutions backed by SophosLabs -- a global network of threat intelligence centers. With more than two decades of experience, Sophos is regarded as a leader in security and data protection by top analyst firms and has received many industry awards.

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