Sandra Glaser Cheek Out As Brocade's Channel Chief

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After running the channel charge at Brocade Communications and Ruckus Wireless, Sandra Glaser Cheek is no longer with the company, Brocade confirmed to CRN.

"Sandra Glaser Cheek has been a dynamic leader for the global channel and partner programs at Brocade and we wish her well in her new venture," said Ian Whiting, chief commercial officer for Ruckus, in a statement to CRN.

Glaser Cheek, a 20-year channel veteran and winner of CRN's 2016 Channel Madness Tournament Of Chiefs, was appointed vice president of worldwide channels for Brocade in January. She was previously vice president of worldwide channels at Ruckus Wireless before it was acquired by Brocade last year for $1.2 billion. She also has held top channel executive positions at Extreme Networks, VMware and Adobe Systems.

[Related: Brocade Continues To Shed Assets And Staff, Sells Virtual Packet Core Business To Mavenir]

Glaser Cheek did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

Brocade-Ruckus is set to be acquired by Broadcom this fall for $5.9 billion; Broadcom plans to then sell Ruckus and its IP networking business to Arris International immediately.

One source familiar with the matter said there wasn't a global partner or marketing position available for Glaser Cheek at Arris.

"When they merged into Arris, there really wasn't a global marketing position, which is interesting," said the source, who did not wish to be named.  "I think Sandra was in the right position and didn't have enough time to develop it. … She didn't have a chance to demonstrate a global position and a global role, because if you're told that your company is morphing and changing, but you haven’t been told what it's going to look like, it's [difficult] to be able to develop good messaging."

Arris did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

Raelyn Kritzer will take over Glaser Cheek's responsibility and lead Ruckus' global channel strategies, according to Brocade's Whiting. Kritzer is currently senior director for worldwide partner programs and enablement at Brocade. She's been with Brocade for 16 years in various partner marketing executive roles.  

"Ruckus continues to be committed to its worldwide partners and looks forward to engaging with its existing and new channel partners," said Whiting.

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