2. John Growdon
Sr. Director, Channel Business Development, Data Center
Since launching its first blade server in 2009, Cisco has shaken up the data center market and now sits among the top server vendors in the world. Growdon ensured that the channel came along for the ride, and he was rewarded when partners gave Cisco a sweeping victory in the midrange server category of CRN's 2012 Annual Report Card awards.