The Top 100 Executives Of 2021

Here we present the CRN Top 100 Executives of 2021 list, the men and women who are setting the pace for the rest of the IT industry.


For executives in the rapidly changing tech industry, bringing a focus on driving innovation while putting partners at the center is a winning combination. That approach is something you’ll find throughout this year’s class of the Top 100 Executives—whether it’s with IBM Chairman and CEO Arvind Krishna, who ranked No. 1 among the Most Influential executives of 2021; George Hope, worldwide head of partner sales at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, who ranked atop the Channel Sales Leaders category; Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, who topped the list in the IT Innovators category; or SentinelOne CEO Tomer Weingarten, who is No. 1 on the Technology Disrupters list.

Across our list you’ll find business and technology leaders who are taking bold steps to move their companies in new channel-friendly directions, shake up the status quo, work more closely with partners and make big bets on where the market is heading next. Crucially, you’ll find executives who aren’t afraid to move quickly—even in a time when uncertainty is rampant due to the ongoing pandemic and the economic upheaval it has wrought.

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Krishna, in particular, is emblematic of these traits. He has spent his first 16 months in the role aggressively pursuing the goal of transforming IBM into the industry leader in hybrid cloud and AI. At the same time, he has brought a massively expanded focus on partners. Krishna and the other standouts chosen for our list prove that winning leaders are those who embrace innovation while going all in with partners in the pursuit of accelerating digital transformation for customers.

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