Symbol Fills Channel Chief Vacancy

Sanford (Sandy) Preizler is taking over as Symbol's new vice president of worldwide channels, filling a position that has been vacant since April when his predecessor, Jan Burton, moved into a new post within the company. Todd Abbott, senior vice president of worldwide sales, has been handling the duties on an interim basis.

Preizler joined Holtsville, N.Y.-based Symbol in March, 2005 as vice president of worldwide RFID sales, where he was tasked with building the vendor's sales and development teams and defining its go-to-market strategy in the RFID arena. Prior to joining Symbol, Preizler served as a channel sales director in the eastern United States for Cisco Systems, part of a nearly 10-year tenure at the San Jose, Calif.-based networking giant that also included several international sales management positions.

"As RFID continues to be strategic both to Symbol and our customers, my experience and leadership uniquely qualifies me to work with our go-to-market partners in this position, and enable them to deploy RFID technologies," Preizler said in a statement.

Mobile and wireless vendor Symbol says 75 percent of sales go through the channel, up from 45 percent three years ago.

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