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Ixia Communications Names First Channel Chief

Ixia Communications found its first-ever worldwide channel chief Monday in former Juniper Networks executive Lori Cornmesser, who is leaving Juniper after an 11-year stint. Cornmesser most recently headed up Juniper's partner enablement efforts.

"I wasn't necessarily looking to make a move," Cornmesser told CRN. "And I made a conscious decision that I didn't want to go out and compete with a company I helped build for 11 years. Ixia really fit all the things I was looking for in terms of my next move."

Cornmesser's new official title is vice president of global channel sales. She said she looks forward to implementing a formalized partner program for Ixia's roughly 100 global partners.

"We are going to be a launching a new program at the end of the year that will allow partners to differentiate themselves in the market," Cornmesser said.