CRN Channel Madness: Round 1 Match-ups Revealed

It's Tournament Tuesday at CRN, the day we release the bracket showing the head-to-head match-ups that comprise Round 1 of the CRN Channel Madness Tournament Of Chiefs.

Voting for Round 1 begins Thursday, March 19 at 10:00 AM ET and will close Wednesday, March 25.

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CRN Channel Madness pits some of the channel's best-known executives against each other in head-to-head battles where CRN readers vote to determine the victors.

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The winners will make their way, round by round, through a bracket, moving closer and closer to the championship match, where bragging rights are at stake. The losers? Better luck next year.

Here's a look at the Round 1 match-ups:


Bruce Klein, Cisco vs. Jim Ritchings, F5

Herve Tardy, Eaton vs. George Hope, Simplivity

Bob Gault, Extreme vs. Sue Barsamian, HP

Shannon Sbar, APC vs. Edison Peres, Cisco


Frank Vitagliano, Dell vs. Thomas Stanley, NetApp

Maurits Tichelman, Intel vs. Mike Valentine, Sophos

Jos Brenkel, HP vs. Ron Gill, Ruckus

Cheryl Cook, Dell vs. Gregg Ambulos, EMC


Brooks McCorcle, AT&T vs. Frank Rauch, VMware

Terry Wise, Amazon vs. Justin Moore, Axcient

Craig West, NetSuite vs. Adam Famularo, Verizon

Craig Schlagbaum, Comcast vs. Dave O'Callaghan, VMware


Marc Dupaquier, IBM vs. Mark Enzweiler, Red Hat

Steve Pataky, FireEye vs. Phil Sorgen, Microsoft

Tom Flink, Citrix vs. Kevin Gilroy, SAP

Jenni Flinders, Microsoft vs.Ron Myers, Palo Alto

Download the bracket at, choose your chiefs, snap a picture and share it on social media using #MyCRNBracket before the voting begins Thursday!